Samsung's new Exynos 9810 application processor (AP), currently in production, brings premium features with a 2.9GHz custom CPU, a 6CA LTE modem and deep learning processing capabilities.
The Exynos 9810, built on Samsung's second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process, has been selected as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards HONOREE in the Embedded Technologies product category and will be displayed at the event, which runs January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, USA.
The Exynos 9810 promises to enable seamless multi-tasking with faster loading and transition times between the latest mobile apps. The processor has a new eight-core CPU under its hood, four of which are powerful third-generation custom cores that can reach 2.9 gigahertz (GHz), with the other four optimized for efficiency. With an architecture that widens the pipeline and improves cache memory, single-core performance is enhanced two-fold and multi-core performance is increased by around 40 percent compared to its predecessor, according to Samsung.
Exynos 9810 introduces new features to enhance user experiences with neural network-based deep learning and stronger security on the most advanced mobile devices. This technology allows the processor to accurately recognize people or items in photos for fast image searching or categorization, or through depth sensing, scan a user's face in 3D for hybrid face detection. By utilizing both hardware and software, hybrid face detection enables realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one's face. For added security, the processor has a separate security processing unit to safeguard vital personal data such as facial, iris and fingerprint information.
The LTE modem in the Exynos 9810 makes it much easier to broadcast or stream videos at up to UHD resolution, or in even newer visual formats such as 360-degree video. Following the launch of the first 1.0 gigabits per second (Gbps) LTE modem last year, Samsung again leads the industry with the first 1.2Gbps LTE modem embedded in Exynos 9810. It's also the industry's first Cat.18 LTE modem to support up to 6x carrier aggregation (CA) for 1.2Gbps downlink and 200 megabits per second (Mbps) uplink. Compared to its predecessor's 5CA, this new modem delivers more stable data transfers at blazing speed. To maximize the transfer rate, the modem supports a 4x4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) and 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) scheme, and utilizes enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) technology.
By using a dedicated image processing and upgraded multi-format codec (MFC), the AP offers faster and more energy-efficient image and visual processing, meaning users will see advanced stabilization for images and video of up to UHD resolution, real-time out-of-focus photography in high resolution and brighter pictures in low light with reduced noise and motion blur. The upgraded MFC supports video recording and playback at up to UHD resolution at 120 frames per second (fps). With 10-bit HEVC (high efficiency video coding) and VP9 support, the MFC can render 1,024 different tones for each primary color (red, green and blue). This translates to 1.07 billion possibilities of colors, or 64 times the previous 8-bit color format's 16.7 million.
The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is currently in mass production and will power Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 series of smartphones.