Qualcomm is gearing up for a performance-oriented ARM processor from scratch. The processor can adjust core frequencies with artificial intelligence.
Apple’s move to ARM-based Apple Silicon chips on the desktop side has also stirred the industry. Qualcomm, which is a pioneer in this field but is moving slowly, is designing a new chip from scratch.
Qualcomm had already developed the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chipset for laptops, but the fact that it was not much different from the previous generation caused the x86 to not go further than its competitors. This led to criticism.
The new chipset sc8280, which appeared in benchmark tests, is said to be used on two different laptops. One contains 8GB of LPDDR5 memory, while the other has 32GB of LPDDR4x memory.
Qualcomm’s big in the new era. IT will move away from the LITTLE-style format. New high-performance-oriented cores will be separated into Gold+ and Gold. Gold+ cores reach the 3GHz limit, while Gold cores reach the 2.43GHz limit.
Qualcomm will monitor business intensity with an AI unit in its new chipset and dynamically adjust the clock frequencies of cores. This means frequencies can be pulled down if they don’t need to. In this respect, productivity cores are not needed.
These optimizations caused the SC8280 chipset to grow a little larger. The Snapdragon 8cx chipset is 20x15mm in size, while the SC8280 is 20 x 17mm. Sources say the number of cores could increase.
While the Snapdragon SC8280 chipset usds a new era on the Windows 10 laptop side, developments are underway on the Apple side. After the Apple M1, a much more powerful Apple M1X chipset will appear. In this case, the Snapdragon SC8280 chipset seems to lag behind in performance. Let’s see what Qualcomm moves on!