Qualcomm Claims NVIDIA Tegra 4 Will be "Easily" Beat by Snapdragon 800
February 27, 2013 12:48 PM
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Snapdragon 800 will air this summer, boost CPU speeds and the on-die GPU
NVIDIA Corp. (
) in January made the bold claim that its Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip (SoC) was "
the world's fastest mobile processor
". At the
2013 Mobile World Congress
, the company was busy preaching that claim and praising the chips potential for smartphones/tablets. The 28 nm Tegra 4 packs four cores running at up to 1.9 GHz, plus a low-power companion core, and is paired with 72 GPU processing units.
Qualcomm, Inc. (
) is unphased, though, by NVIDIA's bold rhetoric. In
, Qualcomm's Senior VP of Product Management, Raj Talluri, said that the Snapdragon 800 should "easily" beat Tegra 4 in most benchmarks. He's also confident that despite the die-shrink Tegra will still be more power hungry than Snapdragon, due to its lack of an on-die LTE modem. He adds that his company is "more focused on shipping products" than refuting rivals' braggadocio.
So far about 50 upcoming products have been announced or leaked that feature the Snapdragon 800, which begins sampling next quarter. The chip packs a quad-core processor clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, on-die LTE, and a fresh GPU, the Adreno 330.
Qualcomm is confident that the Snapdragon 800 willl still be more than enough to hold off the Tegra 4i (
), the refined version of Tegra 4 that's slated to land later this year. Tegra 4i and Snapdragon 800 are somewhat similar on paper -- both are clockd at up to 2.3 GHz, both feature four primary CPU cores, both feature an on-die LTE modem.
Qualcomm is confident the Snapdragon 800 won't be beat. [Image Source: Liliputing]
But Qualcomm is also focused on keeping dominant on the low end. Its Snapdragon 200 (1.4 GHz quad-core, Adreno 203) will be aimed at sub-$100 USD smartphones, its Snapdragon 400 (1.4 GHz quad-core or up to 1.7 GHz dual-core, plus Adreno 305) will be aimed at $100-300 USD phones.
Currently Qualcomm's high-end chip
is the Snapdragon 600
(1.9 GHz quad-core, Adreno 320). The Snapdragon 600 has already scored some important early design wins, such as the
from HTC Corp. (
Qualcomm and NVIDIA can't focus solely on each other, though -- they also have to contend with the likes of Intel Corp. (
22 nm chips
will soon hit the mobile space. And then there's Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) both of whom make their own proprietary ARM cores. By merit of their
massive market shares
, they also effectively drive the processor market.
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RE: ghz stupidity moves to the phones...
2/27/2013 1:56:11 PM
Lets not forget the now widely support ability to turn cores off and on at the firmware level.
As a side note, some SPARC systems allow you to actually throttle the clock speed on the fly based on current usage, applications running, peak usage times, etc. Don't be surprised to see that flow over to the ARM world eventually.
Granted it's all buggy and flawed at first, but I seem to remember the same being true for computer 20 years ago. Mobile processing is still young.
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