OPPO MariSilicon X NPU was announced at the ongoing OPPO INNO DAY 2021. The event will continue till tomorrow, however, today being the first day, OPPO has announced its own Neural Processing Unit – MariSilicon X. It is fabricated on a 6nm node with the primary aim to improve videography and photography experience.
With this new development it means OPPO won’t be using the ISP found in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. May be, It’s just a matter of time now before OPPO might develop its own mobile SoC. But until then, the next OPPO flagships will still continue to use Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets (Snapdragon 8 Gen 1), only that some features like ISP and AI will be coming from OPPO’s MariSilicon X chip.
MariSilicon X brings an ISP that supports 20-bit, 120db dynamic range in images and real-time RAW processing in 4K videos by using the MariSilicon X Neural Processing Unit. With this new set up, AI can assign different algorithms for colour accuracy, noise reduction in images, HDR, better dynamic range etc.
The whole point is that, it will help to produce quality photo and video making experience. And since the ISP will require AI tasking in lots of ways, according to OPPO, the MariSilicon X NPU chip is capable of processing 18 trillion operations per second (TOPS).
OPPO MariSilicon X won’t be available in smartphones yet until early 2022. According to the tech company, the first smartphones to adopt it will be the next-generation Find X series due to be announced in Q1 2022.