Samsung Electronics is pretty quick at iterating with new processors, and although the company only recently launched a new Exynos processor back in August, it’s coming back with another new Exynos processor.
The company’s latest Exynos 990 is its newest premium mobile processor that’s meant for high-end devices, but it doesn’t come with built-in 5G. Instead, phone makers will have to combine the Exynos 990 with the new Exynos Modem 5123.
Both the chips are made using Samsung’s advanced 7nm process and use extreme ultra-violet to offer “unprecedented” performance. The new Exynos 990 features an embedded Arm Mali-G77 GPU, which enables an increase in graphics performance and performance efficiency by up to 20%. The CPU performance has also seen an overall increase of 20%, thanks to the two powerful custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The processor also includes a 120HZ refresh-rate display driver, which will allow phone makers to ship phones with display refresh rates of 120Hz.
Samsung says the new Exynos 990 will be useful for on-device AI, with the built-in dual-core NPU and the improved digital signal processor that can perform more than ten-trillion operations per second,
As for the company’s new modem, which works best with the new Exynos 990, can “virtually support” all networks, according to Samsung. That includes 5G sub-6GHz, of course.
The company plans to mass-produce both the Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 by the end of this year.
<p>This is just another indication that cellular device makers believe that 5G will not need to be a significant feature for years to come. And I wonder if it will ever be a real "thing" outside the biggest and most densely populated urban areas. The carriers need to continue to focus on their LTE service, it is there right now and perfectly capable of providing almost gigabit data service to customers. All the hype with 5G about self-driving cars, etc is just that, hype, it will never be a usable function along highways between those urban areas. </p>