Samsung’s New Exynos 9820 SoC With A Dedicated NPU Will Power The Galaxy S10

On: November 14, 2018

“Samsung’s latest chipset is based on the 8nm LPP (Pow Power Plus) FinFET fabrication process”

As expected, Samsung has unveiled its latest mobile chipset called the Exynos 9 Series 9820. The brand’s latest premium processor flaunts a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for on-device artificial intelligence applications. The newest Samsung Exynos processor has been manufactured using the 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET fabrication process. Notably, the new SoC also gets a number of enhancements in performance, connectivity, and other sections as well.

Talking about the dedicated NPU on the Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC, it is claimed to perform AI tasks around seven times faster than its predecessor. The NPU shifts the burden of AI processing on itself from the CPU. Thanks to the NPU all AI-related tasks can be performed directly on the device, rather than sending them to a server. This, apart from offering faster performance, also provides better security of personal information. Samsung says that the dedicated NPU will offer a number of new experiences like instantly adjusting camera settings for a shot based on the surroundings and objects. This will allow the camera to provide improved information in AR or VR settings.

Moving on to the other features, the Exynos 9820 SoC offers a fourth-gen custom CPU. The GPU gets two custom cores, two Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores. The new CPU provides around 20 percent improved single-core performance and 40 percent enhanced power efficiency. The multi-core performance has been increased by around 15 percent. The new architecture is capable of loading data and switching between applications much faster. The latest Exynos SoC is also loaded with the new Mali-G76 GPU, which is said to deliver 40 percent better performance and 35-percent power savings as compared to its predecessor.

As for the other details, the Exynos Series 9 9820 processor supports screens with up to 4K UHD (4,096 x 2,160p) resolution. The devices powered by this SoC can offer UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1, and LPDDR4X memory types. The processor supports single 22MP front and rear cameras, or dual 16MP + 16MP sensors. The cameras can capture 8K videos at 30fps or 4K videos at 150fps. In terms of connectivity, the processor flaunts LTE-Advanced Pro modem, which supports LTE Category 20 that offers downlink speeds of up to 2.0Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation (CA), and uplink speeds of up to 316Mbps. Notably, the stability and speed of the new modem has been improved further thanks to the expansion of 4×4 Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO), 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and Enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) tech.

The Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC is likely to power the company’s next-gen Galaxy S10 series flagships. The brand says that its new chipset is expected to enter mass production by the end of this year.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay aka TechAkko has been writing about phones and other consumer electronic products since 2011. He has a special interest in smartphones, games and outer space, and you will always find him crawling the web for new and fascinating information for the same. When he wants a break from the digital world, he enjoys spending time in the peaceful environment of the Himalayas.