Samsung announces Exynos 9 Series 9820 Processor capable of on-device AI processing and object recognition for AR/VR applications

November 14, 2018 – Samsung Electronics today announced its latest application processor (AP), the Exynos 9 Series 9820, equipped for on-device Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. The Exynos 9820 features a fourth-generation custom CPU, 2.0-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) LTE Advanced Pro modem, and an enhanced neural processing unit (NPU).

“As AI-related services expand and their utilization diversify in mobile devices, their processors require higher computational capabilities and efficiency,” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The AI capabilities in the Exynos 9 Series 9820 will provide a new dimension of performance in smart devices through an integrated NPU, high-performance fourth-generation custom CPU core, 2.0Gbps LTE modem and improved multimedia performance.”

The Exynos 9820 features a separate hardware AI-accelerator, or NPU, which performs AI tasks around seven times faster than its predecessor. With the NPU, AI-related processing can be carried out directly on the device rather than sending the task to a server, which according to Samsung, will provide faster performance as well as better security of personal information. Samsung states that the NPU will have a variety of applications and uses, including instantly adjusting camera settings for a shot based on the surroundings, or recognizing objects to provide information in augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) settings.

Samsung claims that the Exynos 9820’s new fourth-generation custom core delivers around 20-percent improvement in single core performance or 40-percent in power efficiency when compared to its predecessor. In addition, the multi-core performance is also increased by around 15 percent. The new mobile processor embeds the latest Mali-G76 GPU cores, which deliver a 40-percent performance boost or 35-percent power savings, allowing longer play time of graphic-intensive mobile games or interactive VR and AR applications.

The LTE-Advanced Pro modem in the Exynos 9820 brings mobile broadband speeds of 2.0Gbps downlink with 8x carrier aggregation and 316 megabits-per-second uplink. At 2.0Gbps downlink speed, an FHD high-definition movie (of around 3.7GB) can be downloaded in about 15 seconds and massively multiplayer online games can be played with less lag.

For more immersive multimedia experiences, Exynos 9820’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 150 frames per second (fps). The MFC also renders colors in 10-bit, delivering more accurate representation of color by offering a wider range of tones and hues.

The Exynos 9 Series 9820 is expected to be in mass production by the end of this year.

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