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

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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

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“Smooth 1080p HD at 60 frames per second for a smooth, fluid UI. Adreno 505 GPU for photo-realistic graphics and experiences.”

Snapdragon 430 has 1080p 60fps, not 30fps.