New Snapdragon SoC Coming: Qualcomm Flagship Chip In Development, Snapdragon SC8280?
Qualcomm is said to be working on a new high-end ARM chip. Leaked by WinFuture, the new chip will be called Snapdragon SC8280. It’s being rumoured to be Qualcomm’s answer to Apple Silicon, the new Apple chips for the latest MacBooks. The Cupertino-based tech company recently unveiled an all-new line-up of MacBooks powered by the Silicon chips.
The import-export Qualcomm database leaked the new chip.
Qualcomm is said to be working on the Snapdragon SC8280, probably the model name of the upcoming computer SoC by the top chipmaker.
As far the early descriptions go, it’s being dubbed to be a successor to the Snapdragon 8cx and 8cx Gen 2, a variant with eight gigabytes of LPPDR5 RAM. So the chips will offer a total of 32GB of LPDDR4X memory onboard. There could be multiple variants of the upcoming Snapdragon chip with a Pro model offering more powerful internals.
The Snapdragon 8cx, which is found in the Surface Pro X and a few other high-end Windows 10 on ARM PCs, can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM. Tests being conducted by Qualcomm include the Snapdragon X55 integrated modem for 5G connectivity, along with support for 14-inch displays. Other specifications of the test device were not mentioned in the report, so we don’t know what other features and standards the SoC will support.
WinFuture have claimed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8280 will feature a 20×17 millimeters in size, apparently bigger than the current 20×15 mm size. This indicates space for more cores, so SC8280 could pack in more than 8 cores. The CPU microarchitecture is yet to be revealed, and the CPU cores will come with maximum clock speeds depending upon how they are clustered.
Qualcomm will probably utilize the ARM’s Cortex-X1 cores for a high-performance cluster.
With the acquisition of NUVIA, Qualcomm seems to be serious enough to take the PC world by a storm after ruling the smartphone industry. With NUVIA, Qualcomm could develop future Snapdragon chipsets with custom CPU cores which may offer speeds achieved by the Apple chips, but till then we are keeping our fingers crossed.