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IFA 2019: Huawei unveils 5G chip

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At IFA 2019 in Berlin this week, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) Richard Yu unveiled the 5G version of the flagship Kirin 990 processor series.

“Kirin 990 (5G) is the world’s first 5G system on a chip (SoC), and it will enable users to access superb 5G connectivity experience one step ahead in the first year of 5G commercialisation,” he said. “To meet users’ requirements for enhanced 5G experiences in the 5G era, Kirin 990 (5G) has been fully upgraded in terms of performance and power efficiency, AI computing, and ISP.”

Kirin 990, which was unveiled with Kirin 990 (5G), is also designed to improve performance, energy efficiency, AI capabilities, and photography.

With the cutting-edge 7 nm+ EUV manufacturing process, Kirin 990 (5G) is integrated with a 5G modem, achieving a smaller area and lower power consumption. It is the first full-frequency 5G SoC to support both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures as well as TDD/FDD full frequency bands, enabling it to accommodate hardware requirements under diverse networks and networking modes. Based on Balong 5000’s 5G connectivity capability, Kirin 990 (5G) provides a peak downlink rate of 2.3 Gbit/s and an uplink peak rate of 1.25 Gbit/s.

In terms of CPU, Kirin 990 features a three-level power efficiency structure, comprising two ultra-large cores, two large cores, and four small cores, with a dominant frequency up to 2.86 GHz. In addition, Kirin 990 uses a 16-core Mali-G76 GPU and the new system-level Smart Cache for intelligent flow distribution, which can effectively save bandwidth and lower power consumption. For gaming experiences, Kirin 990 (5G) supports an upgraded Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 that enables efficient collaboration between hardware infrastructure and solutions, offering industry-leading smooth and fast gaming experience.

Click here to read about the photography improvements this chipset will provide, as well as about the new P30 Pro.

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