Huawei Unveils High-End Kirin 950 Smartphone Chip
The newest ARM-based SoC is designed for high performance and low power consumption, and will compete with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820.Huawei Technologies has steadily grown into a significant player in the worldwide smartphone market, becoming the third-largest vendor in the world behind Samsung and Apple. Now the giant Chinese tech vendor is unveiling its latest smartphone chip that will compete with the newest products from the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung. At an event in China Nov. 5, Huawei officials outlined details of the Kirin 950 system-on-a-chip (SoC), which comes as Qualcomm gears up for the release of its much-anticipated Snapdragon 820 and weeks before Huawei rolls out its latest device, the Huawei Mate 8. The new smartphone will probably be powered by the Kirin 950. According to reports out of China, the new processor—developed by Huawei's HiSilicon business—is an ARM-based SoC that is being manufactured through Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s (TSMC) 16-nanometer FinFET Plus process for enhanced performance and efficiency. The eight-core chip leverages ARM's big.Little architecture, running four high-power Cortex-A72 cores that run up to 2.53GHz, and four other lower-power Cortex-A53 cores with speeds up to 1.8GHz. It also includes a Mali T880 GPU, an i5 "always sensing" co-processor and a Cat 6 LTE modem.
According to a report on the Android Central news site, Huawei officials said during the event that the improvement in processing speed, support for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and an increase in voice quality are key factors in the Kirin 950.