Details regarding the new processor rumored as the Snapdragon 1000 (SDM1000) has surfaced. You’re probably already familiar with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 CPUs which are used in PCs. They’re essentially a faster version of the same chip you’ll find in a typical smartphone.
The Snapdragon 1000 (or should we call it the “K?”) is built for computers from the start. It has a giant footprint compared to the previous ARM chipsets, which measure 20mm x 15mm compared to 12mm x 12mm for the 850, and would use about 12W of power across the system. It’s a direct competitor to Intel’s line of low-power CPUs.
A design found in import databases gives some new hints about what to expect from this new powerful chipset:
- It could be hooked with up to 128GB storage models- two of them
- It could have up to 16GB of RAM
- A possible gigabit Ethernet and socketed CPU design
- 6.5W power draw with a total of 12W for the entire SoC
- Utilizes ARM’s Cortex-A76 architecture for faster speeds (35% increase)
- 802.11ad WiFi
- Gigabit LTE
- Power management controller
The SDM1000 is still very much classified, although one of its employees mentioned working on the chip as a Windows multimedia Project Engineer. With its speed, low-power consumption, and applications, it can be a good rival chip for Intel’s related chips. ARM-powered computers are already starting to trend in the market with their cheaper pricing and on-par performance that meets demands of typical consumers.
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