Qualcomm has previously developed some high-speed chips for Windows 10-based always-connected PCs. Snapdragon 8cx (Compute Extreme) chip for laptops that promises much more performance than its predecessors.
The company first introduced connected PC support with the Snapdragon 835, and last year it modded the Snapdragon 845 to build the Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10. However, the 8cx is the first chip specifically designed for PCs.
The company first introduced the PC support with the Snapdragon 835 mobile processor in 2017, and later in the year, it modded the Snapdragon 845 to build the Snapdragon 850 for Windows 1
The new chip has been upgraded with 7nm technology, so you can expect improved performance and greater battery life, as compared to the previous generation 10nm processor. The processor has a VP9 and H.265 hardware decoder onboard, which will save battery while watching videos.
The new Snapdragon platform has some nifty features such as dual 4K display support, improved crypto security, and enhanced location functions.
The 855 – which is designed for phones and tablets – the biggest change is in the graphics department. The Snapdragon 8cx features a more powerful Adreno 680 GPU, as compared to the 855's older Adreno 630. The company claims that the new chip delivers twice the graphics performance of its predecessor. Additionally, it has DirectX 12 graphics API support baked in.
It also features X24 modem for LTE support at up to 2,000 Mbps downlink speeds. Theoretically, it can support 5G as well as some minor modifications.
The chip also has a 690 DSP which can support either a single 32-megapixel camera, or dual 16-megapixel cameras. Although it is not that important for portable PCs, it can enhance video calling or AR capabilities. It'll help with AI-based tasks like face recognition.
The company said it would support all three variants of Windows 10 platforms: Home, Pro, and Enterprise. Moreover, Firefox announced this week that they're bringing a native Windows XP app.
With that, ARM-based computing finally seems to be going somewhere. Apple is rumored to be working on ARM-based Mac for 2020, so it may be interesting to see Intel and AMD's hold on the laptop market in the near future.
Published December 7, 2018 – 07:18 UTC