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Huawei Kirin 960 Processor Unveiled

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Huawei has officially unvelied its latest super processor – Kirin 960 at a press event in China.

The Huawei Kirin 960 SoC is an incremental upgrade over Kirin 950 and offers a 15% improvement in CPU efficiency and 180% improvement in graphics performance coupled with 20% power savings.

The octa-cores Kirin 960 combines four high-powered 2.4GHz ARM Cortex A73 cores and four lower-powered 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores.

The Kirin 960 will be among the first chips to use ARM’s new Bifrost GPU - the Mali-G71. The Kirin 960 uses the G71 MP8, which indicates 8 GPU cores that makes it typical for 4K content and VR. 

The Kirin 960 SoC supports LPDDR4 RAM, high-speed Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard, and the modem supports LTE Cat. 12/13. This means that download speeds up to 600Mbps, and upload speeds of 150Mbps can be handled by the Kirin 960. The chipset supports CDMA and radio frequencies ranging between 330MHz to 3.8GHz. The chip is built by TSMC using the 16nm FinFET process.

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