On Thursday, the South Korean tech giant Samsung introduced their new Exynos 9 Series SoC 9810, which is built on its 2nd gen 10nm FinFET process. They have claimed that the Exynos 9 Series 9810 is its most revolutionary mobile processor yet, meant for AI applications and richer multimedia content. The new SoC is claimed to enhance single-core performance by two-fold and multi-core performance by around 40 percentage compared to its predecessor. The Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC is currently in mass production, and is predicted to be launched with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ later this year.
“The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is our most innovative mobile processor yet, with our third-generation custom CPU, ultra-fast gigabit LTE modem and, deep learning-enhanced image processing,” stated Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The Exynos 9810 will be a key catalyst for innovation in smart platforms such as smartphones, personal computing and automotive for the coming AI era.”
The Exynos 9810 has introduced features like neural network-based deep learning algorithms and better security. Samsung says that the technology will assist the processor to precisely recognise people or objects in photos for fast photo searching. It will additionally allow deep sensing to scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection, utilising both hardware and software. “Exynos 9810 enables a depth sensing feature to scan user’s face in 3D for face tracking filters as well as strong security when unlocking a device with one’s face,” the company said.
Additional security features consist of a processing unit that safeguards user information like facial, iris and fingerprint data. It additionally features firewalls that isolate internal sub-systems from each other. It will be fascinating to see how chip performs against the Apple A11 Bionic SoC that is being used on the iPhone X, which made headlines with its Face ID 3D facial recognition feature. Notably, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are additionally expected to be powered by the recently unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in some regions.
Samsung’s Exynos 9810 SoC sports a 3rd generation customized CPU that Samsung has upgraded with wider pipelines and optimised cache memory. Samsung claims that the custom CPU delivers a clock speed of up to 2.9GHz which shows greater computing power. As for the configuration, the Exynos 9810 SoC bears four customized CPU cores clocked at 2.9GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.9GHz. The Exynos 9810 features the latest ARM Mali-G72 MP18 GPU that brings more realistic images with 20 percent more power than its predecessor. The SoC supports LPDDR4x RAM.
Meanwhile, the advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec) contains 10-bit HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 codecs that offer 64 times more colours than the conventional 8-bit colour format. The Exynos 9810 features a dual-ISP (Image Signal Processor) that aid up to four photograph sensors such as a dual-camera in the rear alongside with a camera and an iris sensor in the front. The imaging sub-system enables advanced stabilisation and real-time out-of-focus photography in high-resolution picture and video. The SoC supports up to 24-megapixel front and rear cameras, or up to 16-megapixel dual cameras.
The Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC supports displays up to WQUXGA (2400×3840 pixels) and 4K UHD (4096×2160 pixels) in resolution. As for storage, the Exynos 9810 SoC supports UFS 2.1 and SD 3.0.
When it comes to streaming of ‘high-quality virtual reality content’, the Exynos 9810 has downlink and uplink speed of up to 1.2Gbps (LTE Cat.18 6CA) and 200Mbps (LTE Cat.18 2CA) respectively. The new SoC also supports 4K UHD video recording and playback with the frame rate up to 120fps. Additionally, the audio subsystem has also been upgraded for the audio best of up to 32bit/384kHz. Other specifications include
Exynos 9810 SoC, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will likely debut on the upcoming Galaxy S9 phones. Qualcomm, on December 5, had already announced the Snapdragon 845 SoC as its next premium mobile processor at the Snapdragon Technology Summit. These new SoCs have been designed to power the next-generation Android flagship devices that will launch in 2018.
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