Volume shipments of world's first 7nm mobile chipset to begin next quarter

Volume shipments of world's first 7nm mobile chipset to begin next quarter
A new report states that volume shipments of the world's first 7nm chipset, Huawei's Kirin 980, will start next quarter. The chips are expected to power the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The SoCs will reportedly be produced by TSMC using the latter's FinFET process. Other chip makers are planning to start shipping their own 7nm chipsets during the three month period from October through the end of this year. One research firm sees such chips accounting for 18% of total mobile based Application Processors delivered during the quarter, exceeding shipments of 10nm AP chips for mobile devices during the same period.

The Kirin 980 will supposedly feature four Cortex-A77 cores for complex tasks (some sources are calling for the Cortex-A76) and four Cortex-A55 cores for light housekeeping. It includes the 24 core Mali-G72 GPU, and supports LPDDR4X DRAM memory. The Kirin 980 includes a second generation Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) for AI. Since it is designed and manufactured using the 7nm process, the Kirin 980 will be more powerful and energy-efficient than previous Kirin chipsets.

An early listing of the Mate 20 revealed a list of specs that show the device with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display, 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of native storage. A triple camera setup adorns the back, and a 20MP front-facing selfie snapper is included. The huge 4200mAh capacity battery keeps the lights on for a long time, and Android 9 Pie is pre-installed with EMUI 9 running on top. The phone could retail for $999.

The Kirin 980 will be unveiled at the IFA trade show, which runs from August 31st through September 5th. 

source: Digitimes

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1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The mate 20 and pro aren’t gonna be released at the IFA show. Jeez!

2. c.m.s

Posts: 239; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

You have to wonder if they read their own articles. Multiple articles on PhoneArena have already mention that Mate 20/20 Pro will most likely be release in October :) And that Cortex-77 again? There is nothing on ARMs roadmap that mention such core. Most likely it's a Cortex-76.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is Alan. So take it with a grain of salt. There is no A77, there a A57, but that is much older nowadays. There is A76. But then again ARM is also working on things that have not been announced yet.

6. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In the end you may be right about it being Cortex - A76. However, it's not just Alan F that is reporting Cortex - a77 cores. I've found at least 3 sites stating A77. Two of them are GSM arena and pocket-lint. Just Google "kirin 980 specs"

8. c.m.s

Posts: 239; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Yes, I have seen that too. I guess it could be some custom version of the Cortex-76 designed by ARM especially for Huawei but as far as I know that has never happened before. It seems more likely that someone somewhere accidentially wrote a 7 instead of a 6. If its a standard ARM design we should have heared of it a long time ago now.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, the rumor of Cortex A77 and Mali G72 MP24 doesn't seem right I'm thinking Cortex A76 and Mali G76 MP8 or MP12

3. Diva_hipsterova

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

The kirin will be showed at ifa

7. viandrona

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

I don't wanna be *that* guy... But this kinda makes no sense. They already beat Apple and became the world's 2nd smartphone manufacturer. So now they're trying to what? Shove it in Apple's face? I sure hope they at least have a working prototype Mate 20 to show off at IFA Berlin. And not even that will change the fact that the A12 inside the new iPhones will be the first commercially available 7nm chip. And if they follow the trend of the past few years, the A12 will be a beast. Before you start bashing me, the only iPhone I bought was the 5s, back in 2013. And I'm trying to strike a deal with Vodafone for the Note 9. I ain't prepared to go jackless yet :P (Yeah, I'm looking at BOTH of you, Huawei and Apple. Grrrr). But I do like to give credit where it's due. It's only fair.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why not? They did it because they can.. They also announce Mate10's chipset at IFA 2017.https://www.techradar.com/news/huawei-just-accidentally-revealed-the-mate-10-chipset-early-at-ifa-2017 and this yearhttps://www.phonearena.com/news/huawei-mate-20-october-launch-kirin-980-ifa-announcement-confirmed_id107820 And yes they already have a working prototype of mate20, since they'll do mate20's mass production really soon. But probably they won't show it on IFA, because it will be a bad way for leaking their new flagships, they'll make separate event just to launch it. Probably they'll show their new chipset in generic looking smartphone.

11. c.m.s

Posts: 239; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

But what is the point? A papper release means nothing, both Apple and Qualcomm could preview their upcoming chipsets now if they wanted to. As viandrona said, Kirin 980 will most likely not be first with 7nm chipsets, Apple will beat them to that. Just as they were not the first with dedicated ML units in their chipset or with 3D touch. All they did was talk about it and that seems to be important for Huawei for some reason. Having it in the hands of consumers is what matters.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The point? Nothing, they just did what they did every year, announcing their new chipset at IFA, and nothing wrong with that. Sure, Apple and Qualcomm could do that right now, but they choose to wait their own event (iPhone release event for Apple, and CES for Qualcomm), but being the first to make 7nm processor isn't even a big deal for them. (and no one even remember what's the first 28nm, 16nm, and 10nm in mobile and desktop processor)

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


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