Maybe you don’t use a laptop with a high-pass processor, maybe you think the PC processor is Intel’s world, just AMD shares. From the mainstream products in the market today, Qualcomm processor notebooks, which have only been launched this year, are indeed niche products, but Qualcomm hopes that in the mobile era, its laptop processors will be able to transform the traditional experience of notebooks like smartphone processors, thus hitting Intel’s dominant edge in this area.
Qualcomm expanded its offering of SnapDragon PC processors to include SnapDragon8cx in the high-end market, SnapDragon8c in the mainstream market and 7c 3c in the introductory market on the third day of the Qualcomm SnapDragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. Further strengthened their innate advantage over the x86 lineup, but also significantly upgraded in the previously inadequate technical field.
Qualcomm processor notebooks have significant advantages over current mainstream Intel or AMD x86 processor notebooks: long-range, fanless, light and quiet, low-heat, LTE connectivity, smarter, and more secure. However, the X86 processor still has a clear advantage in terms of performance and compatibility, which is where Qualcomm needs to do more.
Qualcomm has turned smartphones into PCs in their pockets, and now brings the lightweight design, always online, always connected and all-day experience to the PC space, says Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm’s senior vice president and general manager of mobile business.
Key features of the new SnapDragon8cx enterprise computing platform are the addition of system performance optimization and network security software to the SnapDragon8cx platform to further improve real performance with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 network connectivity, aI engine computing performance of more than 9 trillion times per second (9 TOPS) with dual 4K video output.
The SnapDragon8c computing platform for the mid-market is also based on 7nm, supporting a mainstream fanless ultra-thin design. SnapDragon8c’s computing performance improves 3-3, enabling smartphone-like instant response and multi-day battery life, and the integrated SnapDragonX24 LTE baseband can support several gigabit of connection speeds. SnapDragon8c’s AI engine has 6 trillion times per second (6 TOPS).
The Launch Market-oriented SnapDragon7c processor comes with an integrated octa-core Kryo 486 CPU and Adreno 618 GPU, a 25% improvement in system performance over the x86 starter product, twice the battery life of the x86’s equivalent, and a SnapDragonX15 LTE baseband provides high-speed internet connectivity. In addition, the AI engine has more than 5 trillion operations per second (5 TOPS), supporting the latest AI acceleration experience for Windows 10, the first time an entry-level PC has had this experience. The SnapDragon 7c processor notebook delivers a lighter, fanless design than Intel or AMD’s entry-level products.
At the 2018 SnapDragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm officially launched the world’s first SnapDragon 8cx PC platform based on a 7nm process, and last year a group of OEMs launched snapDragon notebooks based on the processor. Currently using Qualcomm processors notebook manufacturers include Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Huawei, Asus and so on.
Sina Technology USA Zheng Jun