Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Qualcomm announces three new chipsets 801, 610 and 615

Qualcomm has announced three new chipsets at MWC this year. The first is the Snapdragon 801, which as you can tell, is a minor update to the current Snapdragon 800. The 801 is very similar to its predecessors but improves on a handful of key things. The CPU clock speed has been bumped from 2.26GHz to 2.45GHz, the GPU clock speed from 450MHz to 578MHz and the memory bus from 800MHz to 933MHz.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 vs. 801
 MSM8974 (Snapdragon 800)MSM8974AB (Snapdragon 800)MSM8974AC (Snapdragon 801)
CPU4 x Krait 4004 x Krait 4004 x Krait 400
Max CPU Frequency2.3GHz (2.26GHz)2.3GHz (2.26GHz)2.5GHz (2.45GHz)
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
Max GPU Frequency450MHz550MHz578MHz
ISP Frequency320MHz465MHz465MHz
Memory Interface2 x 32-bit LPDDR3-16002 x 32-bit LPDDR3-18662 x 32-bit LPDDR3-1866
eMMC Interface4.54.55.0
Modem9x25 IP block, Category 4 LTE9x25 IP block, Category 4 LTE, DS-DA9x25 IP block, Category 4 LTE, DS-DA

Along with these minor changes, the new Snapdragon 801 also adds support for the eMMC 5.0 standard, which allows the use of faster embedded flash storage, such as the new SanDisk iNAND Extreme.

The Snapdragon 801 is expected this quarter and will likely make an appearance on the upcoming Samsung and HTC flagship devices.
Next are the Snapdragon 610 and the 615, both of which are Qualcomm's newest 64-bit chipsets. The 610 employs four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores along with Adreno 405 GPU. The 615 doubles the core count, going for an eight core A53 configuration with everything else being identical to the 610. Qualcomm has not released the clock speeds on the CPU and GPU. Expect to see these in devices in the last quarter of 2014.


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