Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, Nvidia Fuel Mobile Chip News at CES
Also at CES, Qualcomm officials announced that the company has begun sampling the next generation of its mobile ARM-based SoCs, the Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, which they said offer a strong combination of high performance and power efficiency. The quad-core Snapdragon 800 chips are aimed at high-end mobile and computing devices, offering up to 75 percent better performance than the current Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and lower power, thanks in large part to its 28nm designs. The chips can hit speeds of up to 2.3GHz per core. Other capabilities include an integrated third-generation 4G LTE modem and integrated 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, a new Adreno 330 GPU that offers more than twice the performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320, and an asynchronous SMP architecture that brings dynamic power sensing and control for peak performance per core and extended battery life. "Inside these tiny processors are all of the leading technologies that you have come to expect from Qualcomm," Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technologies, said in a blog post, adding that the chips will be found not only in smartphones and tablets, but also in such devices as smart TVs and digital media adapters. "And we continue to custom build these technologies in-house so they can be fully tailored and tightly integrated with the entire system. This level of customization enables the Snapdragon experience—stunning performance and extreme battery life." The Snapdragon 800 chips are now sampling and will be in devices by the middle of the year. Meanwhile, the 600 chips are aimed at high-end mobile devices and will offer 40 percent better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro at low power, according to officials."Smartphones, tablets or any devices loaded with the latest Snapdragon processor will feel really fast and offer long battery," Talluri wrote. For their part, Nvidia officials unveiled the Tegra 4, a quad-core ARM-based chip that CEO Jen-Hsun Huang called the world's fastest mobile processor, featuring enhanced graphics and Web-browsing capabilities. Code-named Wayne, the chip comes with 72 Nvidia GeForce GPUs and offers six times the GPU capabilities of Nvidia's current Tegra 3 processor. The chip is based on ARM's Cortex A-15 design, which offers 2.6 times faster Web browsing and improved app performance. Also at CES, Broadcom announced it will license ARMv7 and ARMv8 architectures for future chips that will make their way into such devices as set-top boxes and broadband offerings. "Access to the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture will enable Broadcom to bring innovation through highly optimized 32- and 64-bit SoC implementations to deliver high-performance, low-power solutions across a broad range of market applications, including broadband access and set-top box," Daniel Marotta, executive vice president and general manager of Broadband's Communications Group, said in a statement.
The chips feature a new Krait 300 quad-core CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz and the Adreno 320 GPU. The 600 processors also are sampling and should be in devices in the second quarter, the company said.