[Update: November 15, 2018]
Samsung’s Exynos 9820 is an 8nm Processor with a Dedicated NPU
Samsung’s top of the line System on Chip (SoC) for smartphones, the Exynos 9820, is finally here. It will be used in future Samsung flagship phones, like the Galaxy S10 series or the Note 10.
Upgradation in Exynos 9820
The Exynos 9820 is based on an 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process, going up a level from the 10nm Exynos 9810, which was used in this year’s Galaxy S9 siblings and the Note 9.
There are more upgrades onboard, such as an extremely fast 2 Gbps downlink LTE modem, a tri-cluster CPU and an upgrade GPU and NPU.
Comparison b/w Exynos 9810 and Exynos 9820
|Exynos 9820||Exynos 9810|
|CPU||2x Custom CPU + 2x Cortex-A75 + 4x Cortex-A55||4x Custom CPU + 4x Cortex-A55|
|GPU||ARM Mali G76 MP12||ARM Mali G72 MP18|
|Process||8nm FinFET||10nm FinFET|
|Modem||LTE-A Cat.20 8CA (2Gbps download)
Cat.20 3CA (316Mbps upload)
|LTE Cat.18 6CA (1.2Gbps download)
Cat.18 2CA (200Mbps upload)
According to Samsung, Exynos 9820 will enter mass production by the end of the year, just in time for the Galaxy S10 coming next year.
[Update: November 6, 2018]
Exynos 9820 to Have World’s First 7nm Dual-Core AI Processor
A report from South Korea’s ET News has claimed that Samsung’s upcoming 7nm Soc, the Exynos 9820, will have the world’s first dual-core Neural Processing Unit (NPU) manufactured with the 7nm EUV process.
It’s not immediately clear what that exactly means, but the report suggests that EUV is the ‘next generation exposure equipment … in which a specific light source is shot on a wafer to engrave a semiconductor circuit’.
It’s worth noting that the Exynos 9820 will not be the first NPU-embedded chipset from Samsung. The company had earlier this year unveiled Exynos 7 9610 as its first mobile SoC with an additional neural processor for enhanced photography.