Qualcomm continues to push its Snapdragon chips
Chip superiority It tends to get Intel and AMD to override core and thread counts, but Qualcomm is changing its pace by challenging Intel with its Snapdragon 1000 SoC.
While Qualcomm has not officially released the Snapdragon chip, WinFuture has the last piece of silicon from the company, which is not aimed at smartphones, but on power-efficient, slim Windows 10 computers as part of the Always Connected PC initiative.
When it comes to powering such devices, Intel's Y and U Series Core I processors are ahead of the pack. But some of these processors are somewhat lackluster, which is why the Snapdragon 1000 apparently has a thermal design performance of 12W.
That's almost three times the power consumption of Intel's Y Series processors and just 3W of U-Series chip makers' chips. Therefore, the Snapdragon 1000 should be able to leverage enough power to achieve performance gains comparable to the more popular low-end laptop chips.
The Snapdragon 1000 promises to be a better chipset than the Snapdragon 850 announced earlier this month. It's basically a redesigned Snapdragon 845 chip designed for Windows 10.
Assuming Sporting ARM Cortex-A76 cores and a 7nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 1000 is expected to be comparable to a 15W Intel Core i5 i5 Intel series, though we'll have to wait to see if such expectations are met.
But such a chip could really challenge Intel on the low-end laptop and the hybrid end of the PC market. And Intel does not really need such a challenge because AMD has already cracked it with its second-generation Ryzen and thread-ripper processors and the SoCs, which have remarkable graphics chips to outperform Intel's own integrated graphics in laptop chips.
Of course, Intel is a big part of producing laptop processors, while Qualcomm is a bit of an upstart by comparison, so the time in the latter will say it can really challenge the former. μ