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MWC: Qualcomm outs 64-bit octa-core chips, the Snapdragon 610 and 615

Also the Snapdragon 801 SoC
Mon Feb 24 2014, 16:19

BARCELONA: QUALCOMM launched what it claims are the "world's first" 64-bit octa-core processors at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, the Snapdragon 610 and 615.

Based on ARM's Av8 architecture, the Snapdragon 610 and 615 additions to the Snapdragon 600 line are 28nm system on chip (SoC) 64-bit processors. The chips also integrate the firm's third-generation LTE modem for 4G connectivity and dual SIM support.

The main difference between the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chips is that the former supports LTE and 64-bit capabilities using quad-core processing. They both feature Qualcomm's Adreno 405 GPU from the Snapdragon 800.

"One thing that's going to be a hallmark of our Snapdragon story is that we're going to be providing Snapdragon solutions that essentially maximise our user experience at every tier so smartphone can prevail," said Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala at MWC in Barcelona today.

"We're looking to define the smartphone experience as being uncompromised at whatever the smartphone price point may be, respective of user experience.

"With the additional Snapdragon processors in our premium tier level we are also proliferating in the mass market tear with the 610 and 615, which follows on from the Snapdragon 400 announcement at CES."

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 also support the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0, with added support for hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation, which Qualcomm said will provide more detailed, realistic mobile games and user interfaces.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are anticipated to begin sampling in the third quarter of 2014 and the first commercial devices are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Qualcomm also launched the Snapdragon 801 processor at MWC today, which includes several enhancements to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 800, including higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing. In addition to improved mobile graphics and gaming, there's also higher speed SD card memory support and dedicated dual SIM hardware support.

"The Snapdragon 801 is a key platform for us, key drivers are to improve user experiences, [include support for] h265 video, supporting more sophisticated camera solutions and dual SIM configurations," said Renduchintala.

"The camera performance is, from a sensor point of view, 45 percent faster, the graphics solutions have been improved by over 28 percent, [with a] 14 percent CPU capability improvement as well as 14 faster memory solutions."

Like the Snapdragon 800 processor, the Snapdragon 801 includes integrated 4G LTE and 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, a quad-core Krait 400 processor for advanced performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics.

The Snapdragon 801 processor is expected to be available in commercial devices this quarter, Qualcomm said. µ


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