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Qualcomm Officially Unveils Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor for Smartphones, Mobile PCs, Virtual Reality…

January 4th, 2017 1 comment

Qualcomm first mentioned Snapdragon 835 processor in November, but at the time, they only disclosed it would be manufactured using 10nm process technology in partnership with Samsung, and claimed the obvious “faster and lower power consumption” compared the previous generation. The company has now provided much more info ahead of CES 2017.

snapdragon-835-block-diagramSnapdragon 835 key features and specifications:

  • Processor – 8x Kryo 280 cores used into two clusters:
    • performance cluster with 4x cores @ up to 2.45 GHz with 2MB L2 cache
    • efficient cluster with 4x cores @ up to 1.9 GHz with 1MB L2 cache
  • GPU – Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 full, Vulkan, DX12
  • DSP – Hexagon 682 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology
  • Memory I/F – dual channel LPDDR4x
  • Storage I/F – UFS2.1 Gear3 2L, SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Display – UltraHD Premium-ready , 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz, 10-bit color depth, DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB Type-C support
  • Video – Up to 4K @ 30 fps capture, up to 4K @ 60 fps playback, H.264, H.265 and VP9 codecs.
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier; Qualcomm aptX audio playback support: aptX Classic, aptX HD
  • Camera – Spectra 180 ISP; dual 14-bit ISPs up to 16MP dual camera, 32MP single camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11ad multi-gigabit, integrated 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi with MU-MIMO (tri-band: 2.4, 5.0 and 60 GHz); Bluetooth 5.0
  • Modem – X16 LTE modem; downlink up to 1 Gbps, uplink up to 150 Mbps
  • Location – GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems content protection
  • Security – Qualcomm SecureMSM technology, Qualcomm Haven security suite, Qualcomm Snapdragon StudioAccess content protection
  • Charging – Quick Charge 4 technology, Quacomm WiPower technology
  • Manufacturing – 10nm FinFET (Samsung)

Snapdragon 835 will use about 25 percent less power than Snapdragon 820, while being 35 percent smaller, and delivering 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering. The processor is expected to be found in premium consumer devices such as smartphones, VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras, tablets, mobile PCs, and more. The first devices announced with Snapdragon 835 are Osterhout Design Group (ODG) R-8  augmented/virtual reality smartglasses and ODG R-9 smartglasses and devkit for wide field of view (WFOV) experiences

You’ll find more details on Snapdragon 835 product page.

Qualcomm Introduces Three New LTE Cat. 7 SoCs with QC 3.0 and Dual Camera Support: Snapdragon 427, 626, and 653

October 18th, 2016 2 comments

Qualcomm has announced three new Snapdragon 400 & 600 SoCs for entry-level and mid-range LTE smartphones that share Quick Charge 3.0 and dual camera support, as well as an a Snapdragon X9 LTE CAT 7 modem capable of 300Mbps downlink, 150Mbps uplink.

qualcomm-snapdragon-653Snapdragon 427

Snapdargon 427 quad core Cortex A53 processor is a pin-to-pin compatible update to Snapdragon 425 processor with a faster Cat 7 modem. The Snapdragon 427 is also the first in the Snapdragon 400 family to offer TruSignal antenna tuning for 802.11ac WiFi, includes a 16MP dual ISP, and supports displays up to 1280×800 resolution.

You’ll find more details on the product page.

Snapdragon 626

Snapdragon 626 octo-core ARM Cortex A53 processor up to 2.2 GHz features a “PC-class” Adreno Adreno 506 GPU,  a 24MP dual ISP, also supports TruSignal, 4K @ 30 fps video recording, and displays up to 1920×1200 resolution. It’s a pin-to-pin compatible upgrade to Snapdragon 625 with about 10% performance improvement.

You can visit the product page for additional info.

Snapdragon 653

The faster processor out of the three SoCs, Snapdragon 653 quad core Cortex A72 @ up to 1.95 GHz + qua core ARM Cortex A53 is a pin-to-pin compatible update to Snapdragon 652 & 650 processors with up to 10% performance improvement compared to the latter. The dual ISP supports camera sensors up to 21 MP, records 4K @ 30 fps video using H.264 or H.265 video codecs, and the SoC an be used in smartphone with displays up to 2560×1600 resolution. The addressable memory has also doubled compared to 652, which means Snapdragon 653 smartphones with up to 8GB RAM are feasible.

Snapdragon 653 and 626 processors will be available to Qualcomm customers before the end of the year, and Snapdragon 427 will be found in devices early next year.

Qualcomm Unveils Octa-core Cortex A53 Snapdragon 430 and 617 Processors

September 21st, 2015 2 comments

Qualcomm has unveiled two new octacore 64-bit ARM processors for mid-range smartphones with Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617 Cortex A53 SoCs, both of which support the recently announced Quick Charge 3.0 standard and embed LTE connectivity.

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Snapdragon 430

Snapdragon 430 key features and specifications:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 up to 1.2 GHz
  • GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU supporting up to OpenGL ES 3.1+
  • DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon 536 DSP
  • Memory –  LPDDR3 800MHz
  • Storage –  eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Modem – Snapdragon X6 LTE – LTE Cat 4 (up to 150 Mbps DL/75 Mbps UL)
  • Wireless Connectivity – WiFi 802.11n/ac  (Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream with MU-MIMO),  Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE, GPS (Qualcomm IZat Gen8C)
  • Display – Up to 1080p on device and output
  • Video – Up to 1080p at 30 FPS; Codecs: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
  • Audio – Fluence HD noise cancellation technology
  • Camera – Up to 21 MP camera; Dual Image Signal Processor (ISP)
  • USB – USB 2.0 support
  • Charging – Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Security –  Qualcomm Haven security suite: Snapdragon StudioAccess Content Protection &  SecureMSM hardware and software foundation
  • Process Technology – 28 nm

More details about Snapdragon 430 may be found on the product page.

Snapdragon 617

Snapdragon 617 has the same CPU cores but clocked at higher speeds (at least for the CPU),  different GPU and DSP, and a faster Cat7 LTE modem:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 up to 1.5 GHz
  • GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU supporting up to OpenGL ES 3.1+
  • DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon 546 DSP
  • Memory –  LPDDR3 933MHz
  • Storage –  eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Modem – Snapdragon X8 LTE – LTE Cat 7 (up to 300 Mbps DL/100 Mbps UL)
  • Wireless Connectivity – WiFi 802.11n/ac (Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream with MU-MIMO),  Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE, GPS (Qualcomm IZat Gen8C)
  • Display – Up to 1080p on device and output
  • Video – Up to 1080p at 60 FPS; Codecs: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
  • Audio – Fluence HD noise cancellation technology
  • Camera – Up to 21 MP camera; Dual Image Signal Processor (ISP)
  • USB – USB 2.0 support
  • Charging – Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Security –  Qualcomm Haven security suite: Snapdragon StudioAccess Content Protection, SecureMSM hardware and software foundation & Qualcomm SafeSwitch technology
  • Process Technology – 28 nm

You may find further information on Snapdragon 617 product page. There’s little information about Adreno 505 GPU used in Snapdragon 430, so it’s unclear how it will perform against Adreno 405 GPU used in the new Snapdragon 617 and existing Snapdragon 615 processor.

Smartphones based on Snapdragon 430 should start selling in Q2 2016, while devices featuring Snapdragon 617 are expected to be in commercial devices before the end of 2015.

Via Liliputing