It has been up in the air that Samsung would reveal its all-new processor ahead of Samsung Galaxy 9 launch next year; and the company has just unveiled its Exynos 9810 officially. Though, it wasn’t showcased in any of the grand events; not even a launch event or press release was there. Instead, Samsung chose to unveil its new chip by acknowledging one of the 36 CES 2018 Innovation Awards; that Samsung recently won.
The Exynos 9810 is the replacement for company’s first Exynos 9 series chip – the 8895; the complicated naming formation I know; which powers both the Samsung flagships; Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
Details Of the Exynos 9810
Unfortunately, Samsung’s small-scale showcase doesn’t describe us too much about this new chip’s aptitudes. The most comprehensive disclosure is that the Exynos 9810 will arrive packing a new Category 18 LTE modem. Samsung revealed this modem earlier in the year. It assures peak download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps thankfulness to its application of 6 band LTE carrier aggregation technology, 4×4 MIMO, and 256 QAM.
Samsung also asserts that the Exynos 9810 arrives with an upgraded GPU; although no beneficial basis for contrast was presented; along with third-generation custom CPU cores. Probably, Samsung will be upgrading to the Mali-G72 GPU; as per its long-term agreement with the ARM for graphics.
It Will Come With S9
The chip will be built on Samsung’s second generation 10nm FinFET process; allowing up some small tweaks over this year’s flagship SoCs. Possibly equally as interesting is the lack of any mention of a neural networking or AI processor; a hot peculiarity from other silicon designers this year. Although this doesn’t direct out the chance of Samsung including one.
Samsung is clinging to a completely custom CPU design – the M3 core. This hits the question, can this custom design rival Apple’s A11 Bionic?
However, we don’t have any more particulars on its third generation CPU; the fact that Samsung is clinging to a fully custom design is an impressive one. First, it makes Samsung as the single Android SoC vendor continuing the entirely custom route. Qualcomm shifted over to a semi-custom design with Kryo; leaving Apple and Samsung to design their own chips based on ARM’s design.
Probably, this indicates that the Exynos 9810 won’t be making good use of ARM’s advanced DynamIQ technology either. A structural licensee does not get CPU design resources from the ARM, implying no access to resources for DynamIQ and the necessary DSU design inside the Cortex-A75 and A55.
This could end up in very diverse heterogeneous processing performance if Qualcomm utilizes DynamIQ in its Snapdragon 845. However, this doesn’t rule out the likelihood that Samsung has its own refined core cluster solution. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the M3’s CPU design shortly.
With 7nm production not supposed to reach full swing until midway through 2018; it looks likely that this 10nm processor will end up powering Samsung’s Galaxy S9 in some parts of the world. Whether or not the company has a 7nm version on the way for the Galaxy Note 9 is also an appealing prospect to mull over.