Samsung unveils its first 5G-integrated mobile processor Exynos 980

2019.09.05 11:27:51 | 2019.09.05 13:18:55

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Samsung Electronics Co. Wednesday announced its mass production of 5G-intergrated mobile processor Exynos 980 powering 5G modem and intelligent processing performance in a single chip.

The Exynos 980 is Samsung Electronics’ first artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem. Rather than being coupled with a separate 5G modem, the new mobile processor not only helps reduce power consumption but also increases the space efficiency within a device.

The new mobile processor’s powerful modem supports 5G to 2G networks, providing a fast gigabit downlink speed in 4G LTE and up to 2.55-gigabits per seconds in sub-6-gigahertz 5G. The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximize mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps, the company said.

The neural processing unit (NPU) features elevated performances of up to 2.7 times compared to its predecessor and is built into the Exynos 980 to provide new levels of on-device intelligence. With the NPU readily available on-chip, AI tasks are processed right from the device rather than off-loaded to a server, thereby providing better data privacy and security, the company explained.

The NPU adds enhancements to applications such as secure user authentication, content filtering, mixed reality, intelligent camera, and more.

Samsung Electronics plans to start mass producing the Exynos 980 within this year ahead of rival system chip makers such as Qualcomm and Media Tek that have also developed their own 5G-inetergrated mobile processors.​

By Kim Gyu-sik and Minu Kim

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