At the 2017 Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm joined hands with Microsoft, HP, ASUS and other vendors to put forward the “Always Connected PC” concept, bringing the Snapdragon processor notebook, and officially entered the PC field.
In 2018, it launched the first Snapdragon 8CX chip built for PCs. Although the 8cx gen2 was launched in 2020, it supports 5G connection and improves the AI calculation. It is not much different from the previous generation.
It was reported in January this year that Qualcomm is developing a successor to the Snapdragon 8cx gen2, which is codenamed Qualcomm SC8280.
More news about this chip was revealed a few days ago. It will abandon the previous core configuration and use the “Gold” and “Gold+” cores for better performance.
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In detail, the system chip is still configured with 8 cores, including 4 “Gold+” cores and 4 “Gold” cores, with frequencies of 2.7GHz and 2.43GHz, respectively.
Since there is no dedicated energy-saving core, the energy efficiency will be lower, but the overall performance will be significantly improved.
This chip will also integrate NPU, which is a processing unit for tasks in the field of artificial intelligence, with a computing power of up to 15 TOPs, which is at the same level as the Snapdragon 865.
In addition, from the codename of SC8280, it looks like a “magic modified” version of Snapdragon 865 (SM8250). However, it is not yet known when Windows PCs equipped with this chip will be available on the market.
In fact, in terms of processor performance alone, the previous 8cx gen2 can surpass the tenth generation Core i5, but because the chip is based on the ARM architecture, the relevant equipment can only run the dedicated Win10 ARM operating system, and the software compatibility is general, which limits the product. Application scenarios.
Although Qualcomm chips have successfully entered the PC field, the overall market size is still relatively small, and the new chips exposed this time have better performance is indeed worthy of joy.
But I think the biggest problem is not on the chip, but on the system and software level. This still has to rely on Microsoft to optimize slowly, so that the devices equipped with Win10 ARM can go further.
In addition, according to previous exposure, Samsung will also launch Win10 laptops equipped with Exynos processors this year to enter the PC chip field and break Qualcomm’s monopoly on Win10 ARM laptops. It is worth looking forward to.