Kirin 960: All details about the new Huawei Mate 9 processor

| November 4, 2016

Huawei has announced the flagship Kirin 960 processor, and the first smartphone with the new chipset has become Huawei Mate is 9, which was presented yesterday. Kirin 960 – not just a new productive chipset. It uses the most current technology to date, with some – for the first time in the Kirin processors, and some – for the first time in the world. For example, it is in Kirin 960 first used core Cortex-A73, accelerator Mali G71 MP8, as well as the UFS memory 2.1.


HiSilicon Kirin 960 – an eight 64-bit processor with four cores energy efficient Cortex-A57 (1.8GHz) and four productive nuclei Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz). Made chipset on 16 nm process FinFET Plus. According to the manufacturer, as compared to its predecessor Kirin 955 new processor shows a 10 percent performance increase in single-core and 18 percent in the multi-core test. The chipset supports RAM LPDDR4 format and built UFS 2.1 format, the read / write operation in which 150% faster than UFS 2.0.

As the graphics chipset is used for the first time Mali G71 MP8. The performance boost graphics card compared to the previous version is 180%. Kirin 960 Huawei is the first chipset with full support for modern graphic standard Vulkan API.

This technology uses the CPU and GPU is much more effective than the OpenGL, which allows for detailed graphics and consistently high frame rate even in the most demanding game. Due Vulkan, GPU performance can increase by 40 to 400% depending on the device.

Huawei did not forget about virtual reality. According to the company, the chipset’s performance enough to “render” the image with a resolution of 2K @ 90fps with a delay of no more than 18 ms. This is enough to not feel uncomfortable in the VR-glasses.

Energy consumption

The efforts of the engineers who created the Kirin 960, were aimed not only at increasing the productivity of the chipset, but also to reduce its energy consumption. For example, the use of Cortex-A73 core can reduce energy consumption by 15%, and GPU – by 20% compared to its predecessors.

In addition to the eight major nuclei in the chipset used coprocessor i6. He is able to perform light tasks, while the rest of “rest” of the nucleus, which allows the device to always be alert. Coprocessor 75% reduces energy consumption when switched on the tracker and 40% when counting steps. In addition, it allows i6 is 30% more efficient use of memory, which also has a positive effect on the autonomy of the device.

The coprocessor is responsible for ongoing operation of the device, making it possible to use functions such as the definition of geo-fence (border crossing notification is sent and is included Google Nearby Service), the context recognition (by the user and the location of the device knows where he is: in a meeting in the car or walking in the park), and a low power GPS (reduces energy consumption by 60% compared with a standard GPS). To put it simpler, thanks to these technologies play Pokemon GO on a single charge can now be twice as long.

Support Dual Camera

Huawei is known for smartphones with dual cameras, and Kirin 960 applied a number of hardware features to improve image quality in such bundles. The chipset supports both color and monochrome sensors, electronic stability 4K video, delivers smooth Fade In / Out “book effect” in real-time, is equipped with systems of hybrid focus and effective noise reduction, as well as making many other things that brings the images on quality to made on the DSLR-camera.

High-end sound

To provide the device with Kirin 960 high-quality work with sound (reception through a microphone, signal processing, playback through the speakers or headphones) chipset there is a dedicated audio chip Hi6403. It uses advanced noise reduction technology to reduce background noise during a conversation, provides high-quality music reproduction at the level of ambient noise up to -117 dB, as well as the hardware supports playback formats High-end 32-bit / 192 kHz and DSD-format. Hi6403 has low power consumption, which allows him to spend 17 to 33% less charge than was the case with its predecessor.

Wireless interfaces

The Kirin 960 uses its own Balong connection module with support aggregation of carriers and 4×4 MIMO. These technologies are capable of providing data rates up to 600 Mbit / s. Kirin the first chipset 960 Huawei, which network supports all standards, including GSM, UMTS, CDMA, TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE FDD, 3GPP and frequencies from 330 MHz to 3,8 GHz. This allows you to use the most modern methods of data at any point of the globe. Unlike previous Huawei chipset in which the second SIM supported only 2G network (GSM), Kirin 960 in both SIM-card to operate 3G networks (WCDMA). Also, the chipset supports technologies such as VoLTE, HD Voice + and VoWiFi. To improve data quality at low signal level, or while driving at high speed is used SPLC technology (smart packet loss concealment).


The smartphone has now become not only a means of communication but also a repository of valuable information: personal data, credit card numbers, the PIN-codes, passwords for online accounts, etc. Therefore, the Kirin 960 special place has been given to security. Kirin 960 is the first mobile chipset with integrated hardware security element HiSEC V100, which provides a much higher level of protection in comparison with the software. Due to the fact that the chip is manufactured using 16-nm process technology, it can be used in different protection algorithms, including CRT-RSA, RSA, DES / 3DES and AES. Payment technology used in the Kirin 960, approved by the two leading financial institutions of China – CFNRA and China Union Pay.

By September 2016 it has already sold over one hundred million Kirin processors. The new chipset will help Huawei to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, which lack the financial and engineering resources to develop their own chipsets.

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