Shortly before the start of IFA 2019, Samsung introduces the Exynos 980, its first SoC with integrated 5G modem. The 8nm FinFET processor will make the manufacturer's smartphones fit for the new wireless standard in the future without any external modem. In terms of camera sensor, Samsung is also significantly upgrading with the new SoC.
Wi-Fi 6 and 5G at up to 3.55 Gbps
Unlike the Exynos 9825, which Samsung uses in the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus and manufactures in its own 7-nm manufacturing process with EUV exposure, runs the first system-on-a-chip manufacturer with integrated 5G modem in the in-house 8nm FinFET process from tape.
The Exynos 980's built-in 5G modem supports all 5G bands in the sub-6 GHz range and achieves speeds of up to 2.55 Gbps down and up to 1.28 Gbps uplink. The modem can also combine two LTE bands with the 5G frequency spectrum to accelerate the downlink up to 3.55 Gbps. mmWave is not offered.
In addition to 5G, LTE, UMTS and 2G, the modem of the Exynos 980 also supports Wi-Fi of the standard Wi-Fi 6 (formerly IEEE 802.11ax) with up to 1.2 Gbit / s and 2.4 Gbit / s via the multi-antenna technology 2 × 2 MU-MIMO.
108 megapixels and 4K video at 120 frames per second
After Samsung recently introduced its new camera sensor ISOCELL Bright HMX with 108 megapixels and Xiaomi was the first buyer with the upcoming Mi Mix 4, the company demanded its own SoC, in order to process the enormous amount of data. Xiaomi has already announced plans to use the new ISOCELL sensor for the fall.
The Exynos 980 is now, according to the official product page, designed for camera sensors with up to 108 megapixels, as well as 4K videos at up to 120 frames per second. For more details and stronger contrasts in particularly bright and dark image sections HDR10 + should provide.
2x ARM Cortex-A77, 6x Cortex-A55 and integrated NPU
The CPU part of the Exynos 980 consists of two clusters and is based on two powerful ARM Cortex-A77 with a clock of up to 2.2 GHz and six efficient Cortex-A55 with up to 1.8 GHz. The total of eight cores can probably be operated as a fully integrated cluster using ARM DynamIQ, but Samsung has not commented yet.
AI support gets the heart of the Exynos 980 from one NPU and one DSP. Samsung wants to use the NPU especially in the areas of photos and videos as well as AR and VR.
The graphics acceleration is handled by an ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU, whose specifications, such as the number of shaders and their clock rate, are not yet specified by the manufacturer.
Samsung wants to start mass production of the Exynos 980 towards the end of the year.