Qualcomm Announces Its First 64-Bit Application Processor for Mainstream Smartphones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Fuses 64-Bit Processing, 4G/LTE with Mainstream Pricing

by Anton Shilov
12/09/2013 | 10:56 PM

Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 system-on-chip with integrated 4G LTE world mode. The new SoC packs 64-bit general-purpose processing cores, new-generation Adreno graphics as well as a bunch of modern communication technologies. The new application processors are aimed at mainstream smartphones due in the second half of 2014.

 

The new Snapdragon 410 SoCs chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology. They feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with superior graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and up to a 13MP camera. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and support all major navigation constellations: GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou, which helps deliver enhanced accuracy and speed of location data to Snapdragon-enabled handsets. Qualcomm did not reveal whether 64-bit CPU cores in the SoCs are ARM Cortex-A53/A57 or its own. Still, it is more than likely that they are compatible with ARMv8 architecture.

Snapdragon 410 chipsets integrate 4G/LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for dual and triple SIM. Together with Qualcomm RF360 front end solution, Snapdragon 410 chipsets will have multiband and multimode support.

The new app processor also supports all major operating systems, including Google Android, Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone and Mozilla’s Firefox operating systems.

Qualcomm reference design versions of the processor will be available to enable rapid development time and reduce OEM R&D, designed to provide a comprehensive mobile device platform. The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014 and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced for the first time the intention to make 4G/LTE available across all of the Snapdragon product tiers. The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G/LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier. By offering 4G/LTE variants to its entry level smartphone lineup, Qualcomm Technologies ensures that emerging regions are equipped for this transition while also having every major 2G and 3G technology available to them. Qualcomm Technologies offers OEMs and operators differentiation through a rich feature set upon which to build innovative high-volume smartphones for budget-conscious consumers.

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies in China.