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Snapdragon 800 will air this summer, boost CPU speeds and the on-die GPU

NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) 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. (QCOM) is unphased, though, by NVIDIA's bold rhetoric.  In an interview with The Verge, 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 (Grey), 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.

Snapdragon 800
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 HTC One from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).

Qualcomm and NVIDIA can't focus solely on each other, though -- they also have to contend with the likes of Intel Corp. (INTC), whose 22 nm chips will soon hit the mobile space.  And then there's Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) both of whom make their own proprietary ARM cores.  By merit of their massive market shares, they also effectively drive the processor market.

Source: The Verge

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By Manch on 2/27/2013 2:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
ever since I saw the Medfield phone, I've been waiting for another revision. Once x86 is running in talets & phones, then MS will be able to expand it's market share quite a bit. Imagine one OS to rule them all. All of your programs working on all of your hardware.

By Pirks on 2/27/2013 2:08:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's exactly what I'm talking about. The only thing stopping MS right now is Emballmer who wastes precious development resources on his moronic pet projects like Windows RT and Surface RT. Once he reroutes resources to Clover Trail/Bay Trail/WhateverNextGenAtomIs based tablets, makes Surface 2 strictly Atom and Haswell based and finally starts investing $$$ in cool first part apps and games (Halo and Gears of War _exclusively_ on Surface 2 would kill iPad instantly) - only then his vision of one uniform OS to rule them all can be materialized. So his vision is good but his execution is so stupid even Motoman or Reclaimer could do better.

By andrewaggb on 2/27/2013 2:42:50 PM , Rating: 3
lol. If Halo and Gears launched on windows 8 and ran on both surfaces with wireless xbox 360 controller receivers built into the tablets... that would have been worth talking about. Halo, Gears and Office would have been so much more impressive than the killer app being 'office beta'.

Maybe with surface 2 microsoft can get a clue. People want to be able to work AND play on the same device. And not just angry birds.

Of course windows 8 needs some lovin as well. Metro and Desktop just suck together, especially on multi-monitor.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/27/2013 4:05:57 PM , Rating: 1


Pirks usually your little nicknames are cheesy and make me roll my eyes. But that was comedy gold my friend.


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