Samsung unveiled the Exynos 990 SoC on Samsung Tech Day 2019. This chipset is to drive some of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphones. One very probable candidate is the Galaxy S11 series. The Exynos 990 is built using the 7nm EUV process and comes with the next-gen 5 G modem. The 5G modem is Exynos 5123.
Nevertheless, the company has not given the technical specifications for the new Exynos 990 SoC. But it’s been revealed that the new chipset is based on a Tri-Cluster CPU architecture. The tri-cluster consists of two dominant custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, and four high-performance Cortex-A55 cores. Samsung also expects an improvement in CPU performance of ~20 percent with this.
Finally coming to the GPU, Exynos 990 comes with an ARM Mali-G77 GPU based on the new Valhall architecture. The company claimed a 20 percent increase in graphical output and power efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Chipset also has support for refresh rates of 120Hz.
Samsung Exynos 990 – NPU & 5G
As intended, the chipset also comes with a dual-core neural processing unit. And combining this with an improved DSP enables the processor to perform more than 10 trillion operations per second. The chipset features the Exynos Modem 5123 manufactured on a 7nm EUV process. In fact, Samsung specifies that this new modem supports networks from 5G sub 6Ghz and mmWave to 2G GSM / CDMA.
We’re likely to see Exynos 990 SoC installed in the Galaxy S11 early next year. Samsung also stated that the new chipset and 5G modem would be used for mass production by the end of 2019.
Inyup Kang, President of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 are perfectly suited for high-volume 5G and AI applications. These are designed to help the world’s most innovative companies, large and small, achieve their goals of bringing new technologies to their markets”.