Huawei brought HiPilicon Kirin 970 to the IFA 2017, which will drive the company's flagship smartphones. SoC was made in 10nm process technology by TSMC, and the integrated graphics consist of 12 cores. What else is worth knowing about Kirin 970?
The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is Huawei's most technologically advanced chip designed for the future flagship of the manufacturer. The Chinese are getting better at building their own SoC and the Kirin 970 is proof of that, although in some ways the system will be one foot in 2017.Let's start with the processor. It was made up of eight cores, four of which are the modern and powerful Cortex-A73 clocked at 2.4 GHz, and four more energy-efficient Cortex-A53 (up to 1.8 GHz). If you think you have a similar configuration, then you are probably right – the Kirin 960 from Huawei P10 is built exactly the same. Apparently, Huawei does not want to wait for the Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 units, which will be available only in the first quarter of 2018. Perhaps Kirin 970 will be transitional and Huawei P11 will get an improved SoC. The real change is the new technological process – Kirin 970 was made in 10nm by TSMC (its predecessor was created in 16nm, variant FF +). This should noticeably affect the energy efficiency of this processor. An equally important change is the new GPU. This time, Huawei set the 12-core version of the Mali-G72 . ARM reports that it is 40% stronger than Mali-G71 with the same amount of cores, so the layout of the new Kirin will be really strong. However, there is a strong likelihood that competitors like Samsung will also go to the same GPU, but they will choose variants with more cores, which will inevitably be noticeably stronger. Not for everyone it must be a problem, because the performance of Kirina 970 should be very good, but in my opinion it is worth knowing about it. Instead of performance, Huawei puts on artificial intelligence, so part of Kirin 970's equipment is the NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which not only imitates human perceptual processes, but is also able to learn. The presence of the NPU makes the Kirin 970 able to process up to 2005 images per minute – for comparison, at the same time Kirin 960 processes them … only 97. Finally, I add that the new Huawei SoC is also an integrated LTE cat modem. 18, allowing data rates up to 1.2 Gbps . The first smartphone to reach Kirin 970 will be Huawei Mate 10 , which we will meet on 16 October in Munich. Source: AnandTech