Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1000 (SDM1000) can compete with Intel for lower-power chipsets

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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