On the third day of the Qualcomm Tech Summit event, Qualcomm presented the world's first chipset for personal computers running Windows 10, made on the 7-nm process. The new product, called Snapdragon 8cx, has become the biggest “stone” of the company with powerful graphics, high performance and outstanding autonomy indicators, which it was able to achieve thanks to its advanced production technology.
Snapdragon 8cx is not the first attempt by Qualcomm to enter the market of chipsets for personal computers. But, unlike the Snapdragon 850, which was only slightly more productive than the Snapdragon 845 and was not very suitable for work under Windonws, with Snapdragon 8cx everything is completely different. The Adreno 680 graphics processor, which is equipped with 8cx, is twice as powerful as its predecessor, providing the ability to simultaneously connect two external monitors with a resolution of 4K.
Features Snapdragon 8cx
Snapdragon 8cx is equipped with eight high-performance Kryo 495 cores, 10 MB cache in the third level and Hesagon 650 co-processor, bringing usability of resource-intensive tasks to a new level.
The actual performance of the new product is comparable to the performance of 15-watt processors. At the same time, according to the manufacturer, Snapdragon 8cx, at times more energy efficient than the decisions of competitors, providing outstanding battery life. For this indicator, 8cx can be compared to 7W processors with which Apple equips the new MacBook Air, but the Qualcomm product has significantly smaller dimensions and does not require active cooling. GB LPDDR4x RAM with high bandwidth and NVMe solid-state drives, providing incredible write speed Snapdragon 8cx has all the chances to become the perfect solution for Windows laptops. And, considering the deep immersion of Qualcomm in the development of cellular solutions, there is every reason to believe that solutions based on 8cx will be equipped with built-in cellular modules, eradicating external USB modems.
Fast charging and USB 3.1
But on this Snapdragon 8cx capabilities are not limited. According to the confirmed information, the chipset will support fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, USB 3.1 with a data transfer rate of up to 10 Gbit / s, as well as compatibility with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana.
Other The question is the compatibility of the chosen Qualcomm architecture with desktop applications. According to Qualcomm, the company is working on optimizing software from renowned developers and in the foreseeable future expects to provide support for several dozen of the most popular programs and games in the user environment. Because of this, they hope in Qualcomm, for the end user, the transition between platforms will be as seamless as possible.
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