Samsung is laying the groundwork for 5G networks with a new processor and a new 5G modem. Respectively dubbed the Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123, the new products are both built with 7-nanometer extreme ultra-violet (EUV) technology and will enter mass production before the end of the year.
The Exynos 990 and Modem 5123 were unveiled at Samsung Tech Day, and are geared towards mobile devices with a large number of video and AI applications. The Exynos 990, for instance, is particularly well-suited to video games, while the Modem can support a maximum download speed of up to 5.1 gigabits per second.
“Mobile 5G technology is opening new avenues for communication and connection, while AI is poised to become an everyday tool for people worldwide,” explained Samsung’s President of System LSI Business Inyup Kang. “Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 are perfectly adapted for high-volume 5G and AI applications.”
The Exynos 990 features an Arm Mali-G77 GPU built with Valhall architecture, as well as a dual-core neural processing unit (NPU) that enables on-device data processing for smartphones and other mobile devices. In addition to boosting performance, the NPU will improve data security because the information no longer needs to be sent through another server.
The new processor will also facilitate facial recognition tech, which is in keeping with previous entries in the Exynos series. Samsung, meanwhile, has been increasingly turning its attention to 5G in the past few years. The company recently created a joint 5G sales team in collaboration with NEC, and renewed its partnership with Qualcomm to make the transition to 5G. Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 smartphone features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.