Qualcomm’s Snapdragon hits Windows PCs

With competition from Apple, Qualcomm is taking advantage of Microsoft’s new interest in ARM architecture to announce its new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.

While the Qualcomm Tech Summit is essentially the highlighting of its new high-end SoC with the Snapdragon 8-Series Gen 1, the American founder has not forgotten that the future is built around architecture. ARM and therefore with Windows. After the first timid years on the part of Microsoft to really support the ARM architecture for the benefit of the x86 architecture, the arrival of Apple with its M1 has, it seems, changed the list of the firm’s priorities. of Redmond. Also, Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 for future laptops and compete with Apple in its field.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, the ARM at your fingertips

While we haven’t seen many products with Gen 2, mainly because of a flagrant lack of support from Microsoft to provide a smooth experience, the situation has totally changed with Apple’s M1s which have proven that the future was linked to the ARM architecture and not x86. Also, with the announcement of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, we should see many more products in the coming months. To tell you, we barely started testing Gen 2 last week …

Bred, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is still engraved in 5nm and it offers CPU performance up to 85% better than the previous generation. GPU side, Qualcomm speaks of a jump of 60% compared to Gen 2. The AI ​​is obviously integrated with a power of 29+ TOPS, it is 3x more than the previous generation.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit

OEMs will be able to choose different modems ranging from X65 to X55 via X62. Obviously the SoC from Qualcomm supports WiFi 6E. Because Visio and teleworking have developed enormously lately, Qualcomm offers a new Spectra ISP which can support up to 4 cameras simultaneously, up to 24 Megapixel resolutions and video in 4K HDR. Added to this is the Qualcomm Audio and Voice Communication Suite with echo cancellation, noise cancellation and surround sound and / or Hi-Fi.

It may seem trivial but since laptops are supposed to be production tools and since the advent of teleworking, all these novelties are more than welcome. And finally, security still has an essential place and the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 will be able to rely on the cloud for the management of its security. Otherwise, we find a promise of autonomy over several days and of course full support by Microsoft’s Windows 11.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit

The mid-range also with the Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3

Finally, Qualcomm took the opportunity to also announced its Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3, engraved in 6nm and which offers CPU performance up to 60% higher than the previous generation and a jump of 70% compared to Gen 2 on the GPU. The AI ​​is obviously still integrated with a power of 6.5+ TOPS. And finally, we find WiFi 6E and 5G.

Reading the technical characteristics, we suspect that the Snapdragon 7C + Gen 3 is obviously aimed at the entry level and if there are not as many new features like the 8cx Gen 3, it is also because that 8cx Gen 2 technologies are now available for entry-level devices.

We can’t wait to see what OEMs are up to with all these new platforms.

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