Samsung has unveiled its next flagship processor – the Exynos 990 SoC – which is expected to drive the company’s next wave of premium smartphones such as the Galaxy S11. The Exynos 990 is based on the 7nm process and consists of eight cores arranged in triangular clusters, two of which are custom cores for demanding tasks. Additionally, Samsung has also announced the 5G Exynos Modem 5123 chip based on the 7nm EUV process and it has been claimed that the peak downlink speeds of up to 7.35Gbps will be given in the mmWave spectrum. Lastly, the company has also started mass production of its 12GB LPDDR4X UFS-based multichip package (uMCP) for smartphones.
Starting with Samsung’s latest flagship processor, it will begin mass production by the end of this year, with the Exynos 5123 5XRem. The Exynos 990 has been a successful Exynos 9825 which was recently seen in the Galaxy Note 10+. For the chipset itself, it is based on the 7nm EUV process and has eight cores in 2 + 2 + 4 clusters. There are two custom Samsung cores for heavy-lifting, two-Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for less-demanding tasks. Thanks to a dedicated driver, the Exynos 990 also supports display panels with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The graphics on the Exynos 990 are powered by a Mali-G77 GPU based on the Vallhal architecture and it claims a performance boost of 20 percent. Samsung’s new flagship chipset also comes with dual-core NPU (neural processing unit) and an improved DSP (digital signal processor) for AI processing. As far as capabilities go, the Exynos 990 SoC supports up to 6 cameras with concurrent processing on three sensors. It can handle a 108-megapixel sensor, encoding and decoding 8K video up to 30fps frame rate, 10-bit video and HDR display support.
Samsung has unveiled the 5G Exynos Modem 5123 chip based on the 7G EUV process. All of this supports all network spectrams ranging from 6GHz 5G to 2G. It is claimed to deliver up to 5.1-Gigabits per second (Gbps) in sub-6-GHz (GHz) and 7.35Gbps in PMWave spectrum or 3.0Gbps on 4G networks.