The fact that Apple finally took a step into the PC market with its own ARM-based processors has caused the ground to shake in the computer industry. Previous attempts to replace x86 have been made, but compatibility with older as well as new software has caused them to fail. Apple has managed to round this out by emulating x86 code and Microsoft is also on the same track with Windows 10 for ARM.
Now reports Winfuture that Qualcomm is developing a performance-oriented ARM processor with its sights set on PCs. The American processor giant currently offers Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 for Windows laptops, but is often criticized for the performance is noticeably inferior to Intel and AMD’s processors.
According to the report, the processor has the code name Snapdragon SC8280 and should already be in test systems, where it is tested with 32 GB LPDDR4X and 8 GB LPDDR5. The platform used is a 14-inch laptop that is also equipped with the 5G modem Snapdragon X55, but whether the latter is integrated in the processor itself or not is not clear.
The circuit itself is expected to be equal to or slightly larger than the Snapdragon 8cx. This is because the substrate, to which the circuit is attached to enable mounting on a circuit board, measures in at 20 × 17 millimeters for the newcomer. For the Snapdragon 8cx, the dimensions are 20 × 15 millimeters. In addition, no further details about the Snapdragon SC8280 appear.
In terms of manufacturing technology, it is likely that the Snapdragon SC8280 will take the step from 7 nanometers to 5 nanometers. This would mean a narrow doubling in transistor density and at the same time offer higher energy efficiency. The ARM architecture used is not yet known, but the most recently announced Cortex-A78C or more high-performance Cortex-X1.
The fact that ARM finally looks set to take its place on the PC scene is largely due to the fact that the industry no longer wants to be completely in the hands of two players and their daily form. In recent years, Intel has encountered manufacturing technical problems and has thus had difficulty delivering news. Until the spring of 2017, AMD survived in the suites of its failed architecture Bulldozer, which made the company almost irrelevant and thereby consolidated the computer industry’s dependence on Intel.
When Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8280 sees the light of day does not appear.
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