Qualcomm announces 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

By Mir Ubaid | Published on 08 Apr 2014
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The next-gen SoC's (system-on-a-chip) will feature 64-bit Cortex-A53 and A57 cores instead of Qualcomm's custom-built Krait cores.

Qualcomm announces 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

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Qualcomm, the leader among mobile SoC manufacturers, unveiled two next-generation Snapdragon chipsets on Monday. The new chips will feature ARM's new architecture which the chip-maker will be using in its SoC's for the first time.

Both the new chipsets integrate Qualcomm's fourth-generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem for ultra-fast network speeds. But the surprising thing that Qualcomm has done this time is that the new chipsets will not feature custom Krait processing cores. Instead, the new SoC's will use a combination of 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores. Qualcomm is said to have done so because its Krait cores do not support 64-bit ARMv8-A instruction set.

Qualcomm executive Murthy Renducintala says, " We continue to focus on 64-bit leadership, accelerating its availability across all product tiers while maintaining a long-term commitment to the continued development of its own next-generation custom 64-bit CPU microarchitecture, with more details expected to be shared later this year."

According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 will be the highest performing Snapdragon platform to date. Here are the features of the new Snapdragon 810 SoC:

  • 64-bit support
  • quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 4K support
  • High-speed LPDDR4 memory support
  • Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and Qualcomm's location-tracking IZat location core
  • 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors (ISP)

Features of Snapdragon 808:

  • dual Cortex-A57 and quad Cortex A-53 cores
  • 64-bit support
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • WQXGA (Wide Quad Extended Graphics Array) - (2560x1600) display support
  • LPDDR3 memory support
  • 12-bit dual ISP

The new Adreno 430 GPU featured on Snapdragon 810 delivers "30 percent faster graphics performance and 100 percent faster GPGPU compute performance" than the Adreno 420 while consuming 20 percent lesser power according to Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 808 features Adreno 418 which is less powerful GPU than the 430. The Adreno 418 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Adreno 330. The 418 GPU is capable of supporting external 4k displays via HDMI1.4.

Both the new chipsets will support speeds of up to 300 Mbps due to Qualcomm's latest Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem and RF360 Front End Solution supporting 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation.

The company expects to see mobile devices featuring Snapdragon 810 and 808 chipsets in 2015.

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