Samsung Exynos 9 8895 Chip Unveiled – A Powerful Octa-core SoC

Posted on Feb 23 2017 - 11:34am by Alex Curran

Today, the Samsung company unveiled a new octa core application processor called the – Samsung Exynos 9 8895 Chip. The new chip combines a custom CPU with a gigabit LTE modem and a separate processing unit for security application – leading to speculations that it could be designed into the new flagship of Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone that the company is expected to launch very soon.

The Samsung Exynos 9 8895 Chip has been already in mass production and the company expects that the chip is to be designed into smartphones, virtual reality VR headsets, and automotive infotainment systems.

Samsung Exynos 9 8895 Chip

The newly unveiled chipset is the first from Samsung to use the 10-nanometer FinFET process technology, which delivers up to 27 percent higher and better performance than the other previous chipset, while it consuming the 40 percent less power than compared to the earlier 14-nanometer technology.

The octa-core processor combines with four second generation custom designed main central processing unit CPU cores from the company with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. It uses Samsung Coherent Interconnect technology SCI for cache coherency to deliver a heterogenous system architecture. The new chip enables faster calculations for applications such as artificial intelligence and deep learning, the company said.

As far as the graphics are concerned, the Exynos 8895 uses ARM’s Mali-G71 graphic processor. The chips come with multi-codec format MFC that helps to support recording and playback of video content at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120 frames per second. It also supports latest video codec, such as, the HEVC (H.265), H.264 and VP9 video compression standards.

The Samsung Exynos 9 8895 Chip has a separate processing unit geared for smartphone payment and related security applications that use iris or fingerprint recognition. For machine vision, there is a Vision Processing unit VPU, which could lead to the design of the devices with corner detection features that used in motion detection, image registration, video tracking and object recognition.

Regarding the communication, the gigabit LTE modem supports five carrier aggregation, or 5CA with the promise of up to 1Gbps downlink with 5CA and 150 Mbps uplink using two carrier aggregation. The carrier aggregation permits higher data download speeds by the combination of spectrum across multiple, separate spectrum bands.

The company has not commented on whether the new chipset would go into its upcoming high end phone, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, though some of the features of the newly arrived chipset could give a clue as to what new capabilities the upcoming smartphones may have.