Snapdragon: Kleine 64-Bit SoCs mit LTE & neue OctaCore Boliden in Planung

Am 11. Dezember 2013 von
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Qualcomm, der Hersteller der mittlerweile sehr gängigen Snapdragon „Systems on a chip“ (SoC), plant angeblich zwei neue Plattformen. Zur kleineren Snapdragon 410 auf 64 Bit-Basis und mit integriertem LTE gibt es sogar schon eine Pressemitteilung, die Informationen zu dem angeblich achtkernigen Flaggschiff-Modell sind aber noch nicht ganz wasserdicht.

Entgegen den eigenen Bekundungen, dass es nicht besonders viel Sinn mache, acht Kerne in einer Smartphone-Plattform zu verbauen oder bereits jetzt auf 64 Bit Technologie zu setzen, wird Qualcomm voraussichtlich dennoch beides tun. Vermutlich wegen erhöhter Nachfrage nach diesen „Features“, die andere Hersteller ja schon liefern (s. iPhone 5S), hat sich Qualcomm dann wohl doch dazu entschieden.

Zumindest beim kleinen, sicher eher für Mittelklasse-Phones gedachten Snadragon 410 SoC wird man das LTE-Modem integrieren. Darüber hinaus soll das System Kameras bis 13MP unterstützen und bis zu 3GB RAM ansprechen können. Für rund 150 US-Dollar würden die ersten Snapdragon 410 ab 2014 in den Handel, respektive an die Hersteller gehen, heisst es.

Wann dagegen die neuen Boliden kommen, die nicht nur mit 8 Kernen (OktaCore), sondern auch noch mit einer neuen Adreno 430 Grafikkarte daher kommen sollen, kann wie der voraussichtliche Preis bisher nur vermutet werden. Ob die Punkte

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994/APQ8094
  • Octa-core 2.5GHz Krait64 2 module 4MB L2 cache
  • LPDDR3 1600MHz 4GB RAM PoP
  • Adreno 430 500MHz
  • Pixel fill rate 6Gpix /s
  • Vertex 500Mtri /s
  • OpenGL ES3.0, direct x11.1, OpenCL1.2
  • Built-in communication module (MSM8994 only)
  • 20nm HKMG process

dazu genügen werden, eine Verbesserung zu erzielen, oder ob Qualcomm am Ende mit der eigenen Aussage Recht behält – sich acht Kerne eben nicht lohnen – wird sich dann zeigen.

Pressemittelung:

Qualcomm Technologies Introduces Snapdragon 410 Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

—4G LTE, 64-Bit Processing Expands Qualcomm Technologies’ Global Product Offerings and Reference Design Program —

SAN DIEGO — December 9, 2013 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. The new Snapdragon 410 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 13 Megapixel camera. 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. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also support all major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and 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,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “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.”

Qualcomm Technologies will release the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) version of the Snapdragon 410 processor with support for Qualcomm RF360™ Front End Solution. The QRD program offers Qualcomm Technologies’ leading technical innovation, easy customization options, the QRD Global Enablement Solution which features regional software packages, modem configurations, testing and acceptance readiness for regional operator requirements, and access to a broad ecosystem of hardware component vendors and software application developers. Under the QRD program, customers can rapidly deliver differentiated smartphones to value-conscious consumers. There have been more than 350 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 18 countries.

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