Samsung Exynos 980 SoC
Exynos 980. © Samsung.
At the IFA 2019 show in Berlin, Samsung unveiled its first SoC with an integrated 5G modem. The Exynos 980 is a mid-range octacore SoC with two Cortex-A77 clocked at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A55 at 2.2GHz. Among the improvements on the Exynos 9610 SoC are the Neural Processing Unit (NPU), WiFi 6 compatibility and, of course, an integrated 5G modem. Also, the chip is manufactured in 8nm instead of 10, which is probably how they found the extra space for the integrated modem. The GPU is Samsung’s latest, the Mali-G76MP5. Finally, the ISP supports sensors of up to 108MP and can encode and decode 4K video at 120fps. The Exynos 980 should be commercially produced by the end of the year, with Exynos 980-enabled phones becoming available shortly after.
⇨ YouTube, “Exynos 980 Mobile Processor: Official Introduction.”
⇨ AnandTech, Andrei Frumusanu, “Samsung announces Exynos 980 - mid-range with integrated 5G modem.”
⇨ Ars Technica, Jim Salter, “Samsung launches its first 5G-integrated CPU.”