Most Powerful 7nm Qualcomm chip Snapdragon 8cx for Windows 10:- The American fabless semiconductor company’s newest chipset Snapdragon 8cx is unveiled that’s aimed at Windows 10-running laptops, PCs, and hybrid computing devices.
Along with the Snapdragon 855 chipset for smartphones, Qualcomm showcased this new processor for Windows 10 laptops and PCs on the third day of Qualcomm Summit 2018 in Maui, Hawaii.
The Snapdragon 8cx is the most powerful chipset Qualcomm has ever designed. The 7nm processor features eight 64-bit Kryo 495 CPU cores and Adreno 680 GPU.
The latest chip from Qualcomm is the direct successor to the PC version of the Snapdragon 835 and the Snapdragon 850. The good thing about this processor is that it supports all versions of Windows 10, including Windows Home, Windows Pro, and Windows Enterprise.
This chipset could be very useful for PC manufacturers, as with the chip they can make fan-less laptops and PCs. The chip also features 5G as well as 4G LTE connectivity features like Snapdragon 855 processor.
Snapdragon 8cx in Detailed Overview
Qualcomm claims that its chip and processor can offer multi-gigabit LTE and multi-day battery life to full Windows 10 laptops and computers.
The Snapdragon 8cx features eight Kryo 495 CPU cores, and four of these are performance cores while the remaining ones are efficient cores.
The name Snapdragon 8cx can understand as ‘c’ stands compute and ‘x’ stands for extreme, so it is Snapdragon 8computextreme. The chipset shares many features with Snapdragon 855 but it is a bigger chip with bigger CPU cores and TDP headroom.
While the prototype laptop using the Snapdragon 8cx was seen running at a max clock speed of 2.75GHz, the company says that it can go higher or lower based on a PC manufacturer’s needs and TDP. There’s 10MB of cache memory.
There’s Adreno 680 GPU, which is twice as powerful as the Adreno 630 and 60 percent more power-efficient than the GPU inside the Snapdragon 850.
It is compatible with DX12 and Vulkan 1.1, so you’ll be able to run PC games based on those APIs. There’s support for HDR video encoding and decoding.
Right now, Qualcomm isn’t differentiating between them by adding Gold or Silver tags at the end of their names. The CPU cores are likely Cortex-A76 derivates with slight modifications since the company is using the ‘Built On Cortex’ license.
The GPU can also support up to two 4K HDR external displays. The chipset has an eight-channel 128-bit LPDDR4x memory controller with the support of up to 2133MHz RAM. It also supports NVMe SSD and UFS 3.0 storage devices.
There’s Spectra 390 ISP which takes care of any onboard cameras on the computer, and the dual-14-bit ISP supports up to a 32MP single camera or up to 16MP dual-camera setup.
It also supports 4K HDR (Rec 2020 color gamut and 10-bit color depth) video recording at 30fps and 720p slow-motion video recording at 480fps.
The Hexagon 690 DSP means that the chipset also features the company’s fourth-generation AI Engine which has dedicated processing cores for AI and machine learning tasks. There’s a voice assistant accelerator for even better Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana performance.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx: Some Features
Since the ‘Always-On Always-Connected’ part of the Snapdragon 8cx is being highlighted by Qualcomm, we need to have a detailed look at how the chipset trumps any other PC processor brand in terms of connectivity.
The Snapdragon 8cx comes integrated with the X24 4G LTE modem with up to 2Gbps downlink speed and up to 316Mbps uplink speed, complete with carrier aggregation, data compression, and Full Dimension MIMO.
Additional features also include Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology (with support for four far-field microphones), remote management, and location awareness that helps in enterprise management.
The modem also supports both CDMA and GSM networks, all over the world. The chipset is fully compatible with the X50 5G modem from Qualcomm.
There’s 60GHz Wi-Fi ad, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD), NFC, GPS, and USB 3.1 ports.
Speaking of enterprise features, and we all know how big Windows is on the enterprise side of things, Qualcomm is leaving no stone unturned with the Snapdragon 8cx.
It is working with various solutions providers such as Citrix, McAfee, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, MobileIron, Palo Alto Networks, PulsSecure, Symantec, VMWare, Western Digital and others to make sure their solutions and products work as they are intended on Snapdragon 8cx based devices.
Targus will make sure that its enterprise-grade USB Type-C docks and peripherals work with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx-based machines.
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