Both smartphone brands and chip makers have found new motivation in recent months to implement as much of Artificial intelligence as they can. This is proven by the prime example given by Huawei, after the launch of its latest Kirin 980 processor, which has the capabilities to boast two dedicated neural processing units, in the hope that the improvement of AI performance will be there.

We’ve seen many smartphone companies trying to implement, and to adapt to AI technology, and while Samsung has avoided such proceedings before, it looks like this is probably going to change, with its latest and upcoming flagship phone in mind – the Galaxy S10, which is supposed to launch next year. Most recently, there have surfaced reports which have gone on to state that the Korean company is planning the inclusion of a dedicated AI unit, present in the Samsung Galaxy S10 processor.

With accordance to the LinkedIn profile of an employee that belonged to Samsung, we have come to know that the company actually began to develop its second-generation NPU design, and these proceedings started all the way back in December, of last year. This new design is pretty much expected to be ready in time, just for it to be of proper implementation coming into the Galaxy S10.

The chip will most probably makes its debut in the Exynos9820 chipset, and as a consequence, straight into the Galaxy S10 series. According to the former Samsung employee I just talked about, this will also handle all the current vision processing unit (VPU) chip’s tasks as well.

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The AI unit will possess not only the new and optimized hardware, but also hardware which will have greater malfunctioning capabilities. Furthermore, it will also be held responsible for all the top level modeling, which happens to take place on SystemC.

The designed micro-architectural units will have the capabilities to perform functionsranging from the likes of pooling, padding, accumulation, and even multiplication. It seems that Samsung is putting its fair share of work into the AI processing, to counter the workloads and the demands that are set out by the market. And it isn’t only Samsung that’s coming to grips with the whole new technology, as both Apple and Huawei seem to be battling it out in this space. The race is obviously wide open because there are so many improvements which can be made, as the technology as of now, is new  and since the technology will only get bigger and have a greater impact on smartphones in the near future, exciting times surely lie ahead!


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