Samsung Exynos 990

Samsung Electronics has announced the Exynos 990 chipset and Exynos 5123 5G modem at the Samsung Tech Day 2019. These new chips are formed using 7nm EUV technology. The Exynos 990 comes with supports for 120Hz display, 108MP camera, LPDDR5 RAM and 5G. This is likely a successor to the Exynos 9825 SoC and might ship within the Galaxy S11 in early 2020.

Samsung Exynos 990

Samsung Exynos 990

Starting off with the architecture, it has two powerful custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The new tri-cluster structure claims to bring an overall 13-percent performance boost. It features real-time on-device AI on account of the dual-core neural processing unit (NPU) and snappy digital signal processor (DSP) that can perform over ten-trillion operations (TOPs) per second.

 

Samsung Exynos 990

On the graphics front, it sports Mali-G77 MP11 GPU that’s based on ARM’s Valhall architecture. Again, this promises around 20% better performance and power efficiency than the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. This is complemented by LPDDR5 with data rates of up to 5,500 megabits per second (MB/s) for wider memory bandwidth.

ALSO READ: Samsung 12Gb LPDDR5 DRAM for mobile phones announced

Samsung Exynos 5123 5G modem

Moving on, it supports an advanced image signal processor (ISP) employing up to six individual image sensors with concurrent processing of three shooting resolutions up to 108MP sensor. It also brings a 120Hz refresh-rate display driver on board. Last, but definitely not the least, it leverages 5G prowess thanks to the newly launched Exynos 5123 modem that covers a range of networks including sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums going all the way up to 2G GSM/CDMA.

Samsung Exynos 980

Samsung expects the mass production of both Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 to begin by the end of this year. If you recall, Samsung had unveiled the Exynos 980 chipset earlier in September which is a mid-range chipset for integrated 5G modem.

ALSO READ: Huawei Kirin 990 is a 5G-integrated 7nm SoC That Will Power The Mate 30 Pro

Samsung Exynos 990 vs Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 Specs

Mobile Platform Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 9825 Samsung Exynos 9820
Cores
  • 2x Exynos M5 (20-percent performance boost)
  • 2x Cortex A76
  • 4x Cortex A55

*clock speeds unknown

 

  • 2x M4 @ 2.73 GHz
    2x 512KB pL2
  • 2x Cortex A75 @ 2.31 GHz
    2x 256KB pL2
  • 4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz
    No pL2’s
  • 2x M4 @ 2.73 GHz, 2x 512KB pL2
  • 2x Cortex A75 @ 2.31 GHz, 2x 256KB pL2
  • 4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz, No pL2’s Shared complex sL3 @ 4MB
Manufacturing Process Samsung 7nm EUV Samsung 7nm EUV Samsung 8nm LPP
GPU Mali G77MP11

*clock speed unknown

Mali G76MP12

*clock speed unknown

Mali G76MP12 @ 702 MHz
RAM LPDDR5 @ 2750MHz 4x 16-bit CH

LPDDR4X @ 2093MHz

4x 16-bit CH

LPDDR4X @ 2093MHz

Modem Exynos Modem External

LTE Category

  • DL = 3 Gbps
  • UL = 0.422 Gbps

5G NR (sub-6)

  • DL = 5.1 Gbps

5G (mmWave)

  • DL = 7.35 Gbps
Shannon 5000 Integrated LTE

(Category 20/13)

  • DL = 2 Gbps
  • UL = 0.316 Gbps
Shannon 5000 Integrated LTE

(Category 20/13)

  • DL = 2 Gbps
  • UL = 0.316 Gbps
ISP
  • Single: 108MP
  • Dual: 24.8MP+24.8MP
  • Rear: 22MP
  • Front: 22MP
  • Dual: 16MP+16MP
  • Rear: 22MP
  • Front: 22MP
  • Dual: 16MP+16MP
Encode/Decode 8K30 & 4K120 encode & decode

H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9

8K30 & 4K150 encode & decode

H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9

8K30 & 4K150 encode & decode

H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9

 

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