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Apple has managed to leave everyone behind with the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture system-on-chip. However, if the rumours about Qualcomm’s forthcoming application processor is correct, then the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices may be preparing something that will blow away not only Apple’s A7, but even Nvidia’s Tegra K1.

Qualcomm is reportedly working on Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip that boasts up to eight 64-bit custom cores with up to 4MB of cache and up to 2.50GHz frequency. The app processor also packs Adreno 430 graphics core with up to 500MHz clock-rate, LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various special-purpose hardware designed to accelerate certain operations. It is expected that Snapdragon 810 will exist in two versions: MSM8994 with integrated baseband capabilities and APQ8094 that will be lack them. The chip is rumoured to be made using 20nm fabrication process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Specifications of the Snapdragon 810 imply that the chip will power extremely high-performance applications. However, MyDrivers and PadNews web-sites report that the chip is intended for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and game consoles.

Both Apple A7 and Nvidia Tegra K1 integrate two Cyclone and two Denver cores, respectively. In case custom Krait64 chips are as powerful as Cortex-A57, then Snapdragon 810 should be considerably more powerful than anything which has been announced so far. Still, the question is how much power the new processor will consume.

Last year it was that Qualcomm was working on system-on-chips for servers. Those chips will power various micro-servers and will sport a number of special capabilities, e.g., server-grade memory controller, support for Serial ATA and/or SAS, integrated Ethernet and so on.

Qualcomm did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Qualcomm, Snapdragon, ARM, Adreno, ARMv8, Krait, Apple, Cyclone, Nvidia, Tegra, Kepler

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Maybe in two years, I want my tablet to have 8 cores and 6-8GB of RAM. For now though, a 4-core CPU with 2-4GB of RAM is all I need -- all the while my device running cooler, lasting longer, and costing me less.

What I truly need in my tablet is a good mSATA SSD. Boy, my 1-year old Android 4 tablet is so sloooooow. And it can't even print. Even Windows RT supports printing. No more Android devices until it can print.
1 1 [Posted by: gamoniac  | Date: 01/30/14 11:45:16 PM]
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It's true, Android needs more productivity features and apps.
1 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 01/31/14 06:36:58 AM]
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Moar cores does not make it any more powerful when software cannot use those cores.

What matters is single-thread performance.
1 1 [Posted by: hkultala  | Date: 01/31/14 12:05:16 AM]
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So I recently read on digitimes about a rumour of Intel pulling out of mobile by 2015.... It makes sense to me. I can see Intel putting that mobile R&D $$$ into their fabrication plants to manufacture both ARM and their laptop/desktop/server chips.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/31/14 03:17:25 AM]
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In a phone at this stage I really only want 2 cores, maybe 4 with 2 big 2 little. A much longer (and user swappable) battery life, 4GB of ram, more and faster storage, drop & splash resistance all come before faster processing, graphics, screen resolution for me.
1 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 01/31/14 06:59:36 AM]
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How dare you !!!.......the phone designer/manufacturers dictate what you want /need in a mobile phone............NOT what you the consumer might want/need
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/02/14 02:42:17 AM]
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