Android / Mobile Processors (SoCs) / Qualcomm

Qualcomm (Snapdragon) is literally on fire! Beyond the S4 Pro

snapdragon600_800Everyone knows that, when it comes to Information Technology, the common unit of reference when it comes to hardware, is computational power. This unit of measuring the level of “Bad-Ass” in a device, is, quite frankly, a universal constant. Device manufacturers swear by this unit, software manufacturers use this unit to scale and optimize applications, and users literally witness miracles happen under their fingertips. Technology leaps forward a generation with every step increase in processor prowess. So, it goes without saying that, this is an area of Information Technology that we keep our eyes on like a snake on vermin.

In the mobile device arena, we have a few players currently creating waves and basically ripping out a piece of market share to chew on and digest. One of the biggest players is Qualcomm. Obviously, we’ve got our sights on them.

Recently, Qualcomm dropped a doozy. As if the Snapdragon Quadcore S4 Pro wasn’t dominating enough, the ARM based microprocessor giant has released information on their next generation processors. What?? Yes..

Enter the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 series.

Lets take a look at the improvements:

Snapdragon 600 Series:

  1. Quad core Krait 300 CPU running at speeds nearing 1.9GHz per core.
  2. A revised version of the Adreno 320 GPU featuring Renderscript Compute, OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL
  3. LPDDR3 memory support. We’ve only had a taste of LPDDR2 memory even in the most advanced of devices so far. This is next generation stuff. This parameter is VERY important because it is not just the processor power that defines speedy performance, but also the speed at which data within the processor is transmitted. This is usually the bottleneck. By expanding this bottleneck, the processor will be able to better tap into its full capabilities.
  4. Driver optimizations.

Qualcomm claims all of this will enable the processor deliver up to 40% more performance over its current generation SoC (the S4 Pro). That’s a big claim, considering the S4 Pro pretty much wipes the floor with anything currently in similar devices.

Snapdragon 800 Series:

  1. Quad core Krait 400 CPU running at speeds over 2.1 GHz per core.
  2. The Adreno 330 GPU featuring double the processing power of the Adreno 320 and featuring a new technology known as Flex Render.
  3. 2 x 32 bit LPDDR3 at 800 MHz memory.
  4. New 4G LTE Radio and support for WiFi in the new 802.11 ac protocol.
  5. Support for resolutions known as 4K i.e. 4 times 1080p content or a native resolution of (4096 x 2304)
  6. Dual image signal processors

Overall, the Snapdragon 800 series is expected to see a 75% performance boost over the S4 Pro.

Oh…and just to make it worth your while, reading this post, here’s a video demonstration of the snapdragon 800 series in action!

When do we expect to see these beasts in consumer devices? The 600 is already being tested and will be commercially available in Q2 2013. We have a feeling the 800 series won’t be far behind. Yep..these guys are on fire.

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