Qualcomm at IFA 2020 on Thursday introduced Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform based mostly on ARM design because the successor to its Snapdragon 8cx. The brand new chipset arrives practically two years after the debut of the last-generation Snapdragon providing meant for “all the time linked” laptops. It comes with an AI Engine and a sequence of incremental enhancements over its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G helps Wi-Fi 6 and is able to enabling 5G connectivity by means of each Sub-6GHz and 5G mmWave utilizing a devoted modem. The chipset additionally has energy effectivity to ship a “multi-day” battery life on future laptops.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G contains eight Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU cores, and it’s based mostly on 64-bit structure and 7nm manufacturing course of. It additionally has the devoted AI Engine that’s backed by a Hexagon 690 processor and Sensing Hub know-how to supply synthetic intelligence (AI) acceleration. All this helps allow an upgraded efficiency over the Snapdragon 8cx that debuted again in December 2018.
Nevertheless, as an alternative of highlighting any efficiency enhancements over the predecessor, Qualcomm talked about in its press assertion that the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G delivers over 50 p.c larger system-wide efficiency and battery life versus competing options. This means that Qualcomm is projecting the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G towards Intel chips to draw Home windows PC makers.
That mentioned, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is aimed to ship a quicker connectivity expertise with help for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.1. The chipset additionally gives the Snapdragon X55 5G modem – alongside the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem choice. That is an identical to what was accessible on the Snapdragon 8cx.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G additionally retains the Qualcomm Spectra 390 picture sign processor (ISP) that was offered on 2018’s chip. The ISP helps twin cameras of as much as 16-megapixel decision or a single digital camera of as much as 32 megapixels.
Utilizing the AI Engine, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is able to enhancing video conferencing interactions with options resembling accelerated eye contact and expressive avatars. The chip additionally helps Microsoft Secured Core PC and Home windows Hypervisor.
Business gadgets based mostly on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G will debut later this yr, although the Acer Spin 7 based mostly on the brand new answer has already been introduced. There isn’t any phrase on how Qualcomm would persuade builders to construct apps for its platform towards AMD and Intel. Nonetheless, Microsoft is opening the App Guarantee programme for the Snapdragon ecosystem to allow easy transition of Home windows apps.
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