The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 is gunning for Intel’s PC market

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 rumored to be specifically built for PCs

Qualcomm's ARM chips are already standard in high-end smartphones, but the upcoming chip, codenamed Snapdragon 1000, is reportedly being built from the ground up as a laptop and desktop processor. However WinFuture said that it had found details about a chip called the SDM1000 (possibly Snapdragon 1000).

The most important information that Quandt uncovered came from the LinkedIn profile of a Microsoft Windows Multimedia Project Engineer, which mentioned "test operations on Qualcomm Snapdragon premium tier chipset SDM845 and SDM1000 for desktop, Andromeda and HoloLens AR/VR/mixed reality products".




That's almost three times the power draw of Intel's Y-series processors and just 3W behind the chipmaker's U-series chips. However, Qualcomm is now aiming to compete at par with chipset giants such as AMD and Intel through the development of a Snapdragon 1000 series designed specifically for PCs. Qualcomm's test platform supposedly has 16GB LPDDR4X RAM with two 128GB flash drives for storage. The SDM1000 would also include the Snapdragon 850 software modem, support for Gigabit WLAN and a new power management chip intended for management of increased power utilization. Its predecessor, the Snapdragon 850, was merely a higher-clocked smartphone chip, but the 1000 will supposedly target PCs and more powerful devices.

The new Qualcomm chip is apparently much bigger than previous Snapdragon flagship processors too - 20 x 15 millimeters versus 12.4 x 12.4 millimeters. The Snapdragon 1000's CPU will draw a total of 6.5 watts, whereas the whole SoC will draw 12W. It is evident that Qualcomm seems to be eager to enter the ARM line-up for Windows use. ARM is expected the A76 to deliver a performance similar to U-series Intel Skylake processors. Qualcomm hasn't confirmed or denied anything about the Snapdragon 1000 just yet.

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