Snapdragon-Powered Laptops Could Soon Get a Big Boost

Snapdragon-Powered Laptops Could Soon Get a Big Boost

Snapdragon-Powered Laptops Could Soon Get a Big Boost

Specifications of the latest Qualcomm System-on-Chip (SoC) identified as SDM1000 but believed to be eventually named as Snapdragon 1000, are beginning to surface.

With Qualcomm working with Microsoft to get its Snapdragon chips into Windows 10 laptops, there have been rumors that a supercharged processor called the Snapdragon 1000 is on the way to give these devices a serious performance boost. It's likely to be going head-to-head against Intel's Y and U series Core processors.

At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled its next gen Snapdragon platform targeting "always-on" laptops.

That's almost three times the power draw of Intel's Y-series processors and just 3W behind the chipmaker's U-series chips.

The Snapdragon 1000 will be based on ARM Cortex-A76 cores and use TSMC's 7nm fabrication processes. There is no official news regarding the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 and the performance it provides. The platform also features Gigabit WLAN and a new power management chip for enhanced efficiency. The Snapdragon 1000 chip is being constructed from the start with the aim to function for laptop devices rather than the smartphones.

It is already working with Microsoft and OEMs for ARM PCs, with the Snapdragon 835 first adopted, then a custom Snapdragon 850 processor to be used in portables later this year. Machines based upon the SD845 would be approx 25 per cent faster than the previous generation, said Qualcomm. Separately, multiple code submissions suggest of an upcoming 2-in-1 Chromebook running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

In terms of actual chip size, the Qualcomm Snapdraon 1000 will measure at 20 x 15 mm, which will be much smaller than the entry level Intel chipsets, which offers 15W TDP with a physical size of 45 x 24 mm.

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