In Hawaii there are not only paradisiacal beaches and there is not only the 5.0, the specialized unit of the local police. The Qualcomm Summit is also being held and in it, the North American semiconductor manufacturer, leader of the processor market, has presented what will be the brain of a good part of the high ranges of next 2018. The Snapdragon 845 has become official.
The chip called to replace the Snapdragon 835 in front of the catalog of the Americans has already made its appearance, and during the conference Qualcomm has made public its characteristics, many of which coincide with those we already thought we knew based on different leaks. We remain in the eight nuclei, we do not leave the 10 nanometers and artificial intelligence returns to the center of everything .
Flying at 1.2Gbps, flying I come
One of the first features of this new Snapdragon 845 has to do with its mobile connection technology, with its modem. We already knew it before but it has been tied to the new processor officially. In the future generation of high ranges of the mobile market we will be able to navigate at 1.2Gbps . Yes, in the networks that support it.
We are talking specifically about Qualcomm’s X20 modem, a chip that will allow wireless connection speeds higher than those of many fiber connections. The Qualcomm X20 will allow you to add up to five different bands , with 20Mhz for each one, and will combine FDD and TDD in bands with licenses and without licenses. Of course, there will be VoLTE in 4G, including models with Dual SIM.
The arrival of the modem was promised for the first half of next 2018 , and now that it is linked to the Snapdragon 845 we know that its landing will occur long before. A first powerful feature for this future Snapdragon 845, especially considering the weight that mobile connections have in an increasingly wireless market.
Back to 10 nanometers from Samsung
One of the big questions about this future Snapdragon 845 had to do with its manufacturer. Samsung experienced problems with 10-nanometer lines, which caused bottlenecks in the manufacture of the Snapdragon 835, which in turn caused Qualcomm to decide to try their luck with TSMC for future 7-nanometer generations. Now we know that the jump to the new company will have to wait at least another year.
The Snapdragon 845 comes from Samsung factories and comes back in 10 nanometers, but with the new 10LPP technique that will be shared with the Exynos 9810 of the Koreans. This second generation of the 10-nanometer architecture will allow, among other things, a faster manufacturing of chips that in turn will consume less energy. Theoretically, it is something that will have to be put to the test, 15% less.
As for the CPU, to the internal configuration of the brain of Qualcomm, it seems that the Americans have been encouraged to adopt the ARI DynamIQ design, built to enhance the operations derived from the use of artificial intelligence algorithms. All this by combining Cortex A75 cores for maximum power and Cortex A53 cores for energy savings and less demanding processes. Of course, Qualcomm has adapted these cores with their own configurations, which is why we meet the well-known Kryo in its 280 version .
The importance of artificial intelligence
As mentioned, the Snapdragon 845 has been designed, like his brother of the previous generation, to further enhance the processes related to the use of artificial intelligence in mobile phones. And also on all devices that adopt the chip once it starts next year 2018.
Machine learning, an increasingly popular concept, will be enhanced by the processor architecture itself, which will use a heterogeneous use of both the CPU, the GPU and the DSP . Between all the work of execution of these complex algorithms will be distributed that should result in a more efficient chip, allowing access to more complex operations than we have known so far.
As we can see, the work of the GPU will be important in this whole process, and this is where the Adreno 630 comes into play , the new graphicmounted inside the Snapdragon 845, becoming an even more important part of its SoC. However, Qualcomm has decided to save for itself some more data on the Snapdragon 845 to be presented in the coming hours. We will update as soon as we have them.