Samsung has unveiled its next flagship processor Exynos 990 SoC to power premium smartphones such as the Galaxy S11.
The Exynos 990 is based on the 7nm process and has eight cores arranged in tri-cluster architecture, with two of them being custom cores for demanding tasks. Additionally, Samsung has also announced the 5G Exynos Modem 5123 chip that is also based on the 7nm EUV process and is claimed to deliver a peak downlink speed of up to 7.35Gbps in mmWave spectrum. Lastly, the company has also begun mass production of its 12GB LPDDR4X UFS-based multichip package (uMCP) for smartphones.
The Exynos 990 succeeds the Exynos 9825 that was most recently seen in the Galaxy Note 10+. As for the chipset itself, it based on the 7nm EUV process and has eight cores arranged in 2+2+4 cluster. There are two custom Samsung cores for heavy-lifting, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for less-demanding tasks. Thanks to a dedicated driver, Exynos 990 also supports display panels with up to 120Hz refresh rate.
Samsung’s new flagship chipset also comes with a dual-core NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for AI processing, and an improved DSP (Digital Signal Processor) as well. As far as capabilities go, the Exynos 990 SoC supports up to 6 cameras with concurrent processing on three sensors. It can handle a 108-megapixel sensor, encoding and decoding up to 8K video at 30fps frame rate, 10-bit video, and HDR display support
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