The Exynos 990 chipset gets a 20% performance hike from its use of a tri-cluster CPU setup that includes two of Sammy’s custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. The chip will also feature ARM’s Mali-G77 graphics processor; Samsung says that this is the first premium GPU based on the new Valhall architecture and it provides a 20% improvement in graphics performance or power efficiency. That should warm the cockles of mobile game players’ hearts.
The Exynos 990 chipset will most likely debut on the Samsung Galaxy S11 series
On-device AI is handled through a dual-core neural processing unit (NPU). By allowing AI functions to be processed on-device instead of through a network and a server, these operations can be done faster and in a more secure fashion. It also can improve an AI-based facial recognition system and enhance scene detection employed by cameras; the latter automatically use certain settings in order to produce the best possible picture depending on the subject matter and the location. The manufacturer says, “Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 are perfectly adapted for high-volume 5G and AI applications, and are designed to help the world’s most ambitious enterprises, large and small, achieve their goals of bringing new capabilities to their markets.”