On October 22, at the online global launch conference, Huawei has released the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 5G SoC alongside the Huawei Mate 40 series. However, the base model of the Mate 40 series, the Huawei Mate 40 is powered by the Kirin 9000E chipset.
Both Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E are built on TSMC’s cutting edge 5nm process and it includes a 5G modem right into the chip itself. Kirin 9000 series i`s the most full-featured 5G Soc to date, which has the capability to handle multi-tasking operations and delivering improved performance and power efficiency.
Let’s explore these processors in a bit of detail but the thing to note that Kirin 9000 and 9000E have almost the same specs except for the GPU, which varies in both of them.
Kirin 9000 and 9000E Key Specification:
CPU: 1 x Cortex -A77@3.13 GHz, 3 x Cortex-A77@2.54 GHz, 4 x Cortex-A55@2.05 GHz
GPU: 24-core Mali-G78 (Kirin 9000), 22-core Mali-G78 (Kirin 9000E), Kirin Gaming+3.0
AI: Huawei Da Vinci Architecture 2.0, Ascend Lite*2+Ascend Tiny*1
5G: SA & NSA, sub-6G & mmWave
ISP: Kirin ISP 6.0, Quad-pipeline
System Cache: 8MB
Memory: LPDDR 5/4X
Kirin 9000 and 9000E Detailed Specifications:
Kirin 9000 and 9000E chipsets integrated up to 15.3 billion transistors, which makes it the most fully functional 5G SA solution. This powerful series chipset comes with three-level architecture with eight-core CPU parts including a 3.13 GHz Cortex A77 large core and three medium core 2.54GHz A77 and four small core 2.05GHz.
It also integrated with a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU, as well as an innovative NPU featuring two big cores and one tiny core, taking on-device AI to a new level. The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU is to be the most powerful GPU on a Huawei device that provides advanced graphics performance and an amazing gaming experience.
The new Kirin 9000 series increased the number of cores by half and performance is enhanced by 60% as compared to Kirin 990’s Mali-G76.
Adopting Huawei’s in-house Da Vinci Architecture 2.0, Kirin 9000’s NPU accommodates two big cores and one tiny core, offering robust AI compute support for AI video applications with an improved energy efficiency ratio. To maximize Kirin 9000’s photographic capabilities, the NPU is integrated with an embedded Kirin ISP 6.0. This revolutionary ISP+NPU architecture enables HDR video synthesis with real-time exposure, resulting in sharp images and video even in lowlight environments and backlit conditions.
In addition, they are all manufactured with 5nm EUV process, support LPDDR5/4X memory and UFS flash memory, support HiFi sound quality, 4K HDR video, etc