IFA 2017: Huawei introduces the Kirin 970 chipset with NPU

The Huawei Mate 10 will be the first smartphone to be powered by a Kirin 970 SoC.

    IFA 2017 proved to be an action-packed event for Huawei. Other than launching the Robin Egg Blue color variant of Honor 9 and confirming the launch date of the Huawei Mate 10 series, the company also unveiled its new flagship processor the Kirin 970.

    IFA 2017: Huawei introduces the Kirin 970 chipset with NPU

    Built on 10nm process, this chipset is the first mobile computing unit to feature a built-in AI computing neural processing unit (NPU). Let's start with the AI NPU present in the Kirin 970. Instead of the CPU, the NPU carries out all the AI computing tasks and in a better and faster way. According to the claims, the Kirin 970's NPU delivers performance that is 25 times more than the CPU's, and efficiency that is 50 times greater.

    Putting it in simple words, with this new chipset AI tasks would require lesser time and power. Moving on, the TSMC-built Kirin 970 is comprised of 8 cores with a clock-speed up to 2.4GHz.

    There are four Cortex A73 cores running at 2.4GHz and four Cortex 53 cores running at 1.8GHz. The processor is clubbed with a 12-core Mali G72MP12 GPU, making it the first commercially available chip to carry ARM's latest GPU.

    The GPU offers a 20% performance increase over the previous generation as well as a 50% increase in efficiency.

    In addition, the Kirin 970 has 4.5G Cat.18 LTE and offers Gigabit LTE speeds of 1.2Gbps. It also comes with an advanced dual ISP with face and motion detection, 4-hybrid focus, and low-light and motion shooting. Since the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 will be equipped with the Kirin 970 SoC, it is expected to feature powerful cameras.

    Besides this, the chipset also provides support for HDR10, 4K video encode and decode, LPPDR 4X RAM (1883MHz) and UFS 2.1 storage. The Kirin 970 has even an i7 sensor processor, iNSE and TEE security engines and support for Hi-Fi audio.

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