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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 810, 808 chips for next-gen smartphones

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Apr 2014 12:33 User comments (1)

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 810, 808 chips for next-gen smartphones Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 810 and Snapsragon 808 chips that will power next-generation smartphones from 2015.
The chipmaker says the 810 and 808 are its most powerful chips yet, with vast improvements for video, imaging, graphics and connectivity. Both 64-bit chips implement Cat 6 LTE Advanced on-chip, designed with 20nm fabrication technology which delivers more performance at comparatively low power consumption.

The Snapdragon 810 is definitely the one to covet of the two. Here is a run down of what it boasts.

Snapdragon 810
  • 20nm technology
  • Four Cortex A57 cores for intensive, power hungry tasks
  • Four Cortex A53 cores for non-intensive tasks
  • Supports 4K Displays (external via HDMI 1.4)
  • 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors, 1.2GP/s throughput, image sensors up to 55MP
  • High-speed LPDDR4 memory
  • New Adreno 430 Graphics Processing Unit
  • Adreno 430 is 30 percent faster than Adreno 420, 100 percent faster for GPGPU operations.
  • Adreno 430 reduces power consumption by up to 20 percent
  • Integrated CAT-6 LTE Advanced on-chip
  • Supports VIVE 2-stream 802.11ac with MU-MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC and Qualcomm IZat location core
Snapdragon 808
  • 20nm technology
  • Two Cortext A57 cores for intensive, power hungry tasks
  • Four Cortex A53 cores for non-intensive tasks
  • Supports 2K Displays, WQXGA (2560x1600), (External 4k via HDMI1.4)
  • LPDDR3 memory
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • Adreno 418 GPU provides 20 percent faster graphics performance than predecessor Adreno 330
  • Integrated CAT-6 LTE Advanced on-chip
The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 won't be deployed in products until 2015 at earliest, as the 64-bit Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 were only announced in February and will only be deployed in the forthcoming holiday season.

Qualcomm's decision to reveal the details of these next-gen chips so early is likely driven by increasing competition in the space for mobile chips.

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1 user comment

17.4.2014 21:27

Sounds like overkill for a smartphone.......Probably better suited for set top boxes and desktop computers/servers.

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