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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 Pirks on 2/28/2013 1:38:56 AM , Rating: 2
The recently announced 1.2GHz single core Atom looks ridiculous
Your moronic lies look ridiculous. Intel Atom Z2580 => 2 cores, 4 threads, 2.0 GHz clock frequency. Stop lying, lame troll.

By fteoath64 on 2/28/2013 3:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like the Atom Z2580 might be kicked by the Tegra4 if both runs at full rated speed. However, the battery life would be close or T4 behind by 15%. Still in a tablet, especially a 10incher or a little bigger, it will not matter much.

We shall soon see the exact benchmarks from Anand when both tablets with T4 and Snapdragon 800 are released on the market. Chances are, they would be close. My guesses are:
T4 will have 20% advantage on GPU speed.
T4 will have 10% advantage on cpu speed.
T4 will have 15% disadvantage on battery life.
Qualcomm will have some optimising to do in firmware but Adreno 330 is not match for Geforce 72 (looks like mobile redux of ATI vs Nv).

By WilcoD on 2/28/2013 7:15:50 AM , Rating: 2
Tegra 4 and 4i will easily beat the Z2580 both on CPU and GPU, there is no doubt about that. Power consumption is still a question for either, we'll have to wait and see until they appear in actual products.

By WilcoD on 2/28/2013 7:28:52 AM , Rating: 1
I was talking about the Z2420 in the FonePad tablet. The Z2580 will not appear in actual products for some time, and when it finally shows up, it will be beaten easily by any ARM SoC.

To prove that, compare the Geekbench score of the 2GHz single core Z2480 of just 1000 with the score of 1900 for 1.4GHz Exynos 4 and 4285 for Tegra 4. So even with 2 cores at 2GHz the Z2580 will be much behind.

Thanks for playing, troll.

By Pirks on 3/2/2013 12:54:35 AM , Rating: 2
it will be beaten easily by any ARM SoC
Who cares if Z2580 runs all the Windows software easily and ARM doesn't? ARM is a waste of money now, a purchase for the idiots who don't know what they want.

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