Qualcomm Snapdragon processors stepping up at high end and mid-level

Some new rumors posted on Twitter indicate Qualcomm has some new technologies in the works for their mid-tier and top-tier chipsets. If accurate, Qualcomm is also poised to start pushing some high-end capabilities down into the middle tier of their line, in particular the Snapdragon 670.

Leading the rumors is news that Qualcomm has plans to start using their 10nm production process for the Snapdragon 670. Currently high-end chips like the Snapdragon 835 and the next version Snapdragon 845 have been the only beneficiaries of the 10nm production process. As is inevitable though, high-end technologies eventually work their way down the chain, so the use of a 10nm process for the 6 series Snapdragon chipset is a natural progression.

Sources also say Qualcomm plans to employ a Low Power Plus, LPP, process for the new Snapdragon 670 instead of the current LPE or Low Power Early process. This is expected to yield even more performance and efficiency gains.

In terms of technologies used on their chipsets, Qualcomm is reportedly working on utilizing two new processes for both their high end chips and at least the Snapdragon 670 in the middle tier. The first of these is their Kryo 360 technology, Qualcomm’s third-generation core technology. According to the rumors, Qualcomm will utilize this in some manner on all eight cores that make up an octa-core chipset. Kryo 360 should help the processor ramp up to meet on-demand computing needs yet maintaining a decent level of energy efficiency in the meantime.

The other technology is called DynamicIQ which is ARM’s next evolution of the big.LITTLE architecture used on chips. DynamicIQ is also designed to improve chip efficiency help keep chip temperatures cooler by better managing power.

For at least the mid-range phones ultimately produced with the Snapdragon 670 on-board, the new processes and technologies mean manufacturers could start to push some high-end features to the mid-tier market. That would include things like facial recognition and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

source: Meng Meng Audio-Visual (Twitter)
via: WCCF Tech


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