Samsung Exynos 7 Series 9610 Improves Image Processing

Samsung Electronics announced its latest application processor (AP), the Exynos 7 Series 9610, which is built on Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process to allow processing including FullHD video recording at 480fps.

Vision and image processing is now coupled, Samsung said, with a neural network engine for enhanced face detection, as well as single camera out-focusing and augmented low-light images. The advanced face detection feature enables the camera to recognise faces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects like hair or a hat. With smart depth sensing, bokeh or out-focused portraits can be taken with a single camera. Merging multiple frames, vision and image processing enhances the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness that can improve pictures taken in low-light environments.

The processor uses a premium multi-format codec (MFC) that allows encoding and decoding up to 4K 120fps. .The CPU is comprised of four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.3 gigahertz (GHz), and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores to load apps quickly and run multiple tasks simultaneously. The GPU is a second-generation Bifrost-based ARM Mali-G72 intended to bring more realistic and immersive graphics on mobile devices.

The embedded all-network LTE modem supports Cat.12 3CA (carrier aggregation) at 600 Mbps for downlink and Cat.13 2CA at 150Mbps for uplink. The processor also has wireless communication technologies such as high-throughput 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, faster and longer range Bluetooth 5.0, and FM for radio. In addition, for global location positioning coverage, it embeds a 4-mode Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver that includes GPS (Global Positioning System), GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

Mass production will start in the second half of 2018.