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Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs 47

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Qualcomm has announced two fundamentally new chips today with updated CPU cores as well as Qualcomm's new Adreno 400-class GPU. The Snapdragon 808 and the Snapdragon 810 have been unveiled with a host of new architectural enhancements. The Snapdragon 810 will be the highest-end solution, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 paired alongside four low-power Cortex-A53 cores.

The Snapdragon 808 will also use a big.Little design, but the core layouts will be asymmetric — two Cortex-A57's paired with four Cortex-A53's. The Cortex-A57 is, by all accounts, an extremely capable processor — which means a pair of them in a dual-core configuration should be more than capable of driving a high-end smartphone. Both SoC's will use a 20nm radio and a 28nm RF transceiver. That's a major step forward for Qualcomm (most RF today is built on 40nm). RF circuits typically lag behind digital logic by at least one process node. Given that RF currently accounts for some 15% of the total area and 30-40% of the PCB, the benefits of moving to a smaller manufacturing process for the RF circuit are significant."
To clarify, the 810 can use a combination of the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores so a single task that needs a lot of power won't cause as large of a power jump. All of the chips are 64-bit ARM too.
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Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

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  • SVLTE/SVDO? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by afidel ( 530433 ) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:26AM (#46691007)

    So does this finally mean we'll get Simultaneous voice and LTE/SVDO back? Because all the current generation Qualcomm processors lack dual radio paths for some reason, this despite the fact that the previous generation had it. I have to assume it's because they used so much power/transistor budget on 'more cores!!!!' that they didn't have room for an RF design to accommodate features that are actually useful.

    • Re:SVLTE/SVDO? (Score:4, Informative)

      by rmav ( 1149097 ) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @03:06AM (#46691575)

      So does this finally mean we'll get Simultaneous voice and LTE/SVDO back?

      64-bit ARM and support for simultaneous voice and LTE/SVDO are completely different things.

      The 64-bit ARM cores are application processors (AP). They do not control the modem (that can be part of the SoC together with the AP or an external component): Qualcomm modems have nifty internally developed (and publicly documented) a VLIW CPU called "Hexagon" that offers DSP-like instructions to control the modem. Some modems have two, and another Hexagon is used to process audio and cal also run user provided applications. You can find some information here [] and a lot more is linked.

      And even this has nothing to do with dual radios. They are independent things.


  • by radarskiy ( 2874255 ) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @01:07AM (#46691173)

    "I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that," -Anand Chandrasekher, former Qualcomm CMO

    • by IYagami ( 136831 )

      "I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that," -Anand Chandrasekher, former Qualcomm CMO

      According to Anandtech ( [] )

      "Integer performance: The AES and SHA1 gains are a direct result of the new cryptographic instructions that are a part of ARMv8. The AES test in particular shows nearly an order of magnitude performance improvement. This is similar to what we saw in the PC space with the introduction of Intel's AES-NI support in Westmere. The Dijkstra workload is the only real regression. That test in particular appears to be very pointer heavy, and the increase in

      • by Erich ( 151 )
        So these cores with the arm V8 architecture add:
        • More registers (16->32)
        • DP SIMD
        • New instructions for crypto

        and a handfull of other things. But all of the above aren't really benefits of 64 bitness, just the improvements to the architecture. The real benefit of a 64 bit architecture is the larger virtual address space... processes with >2-3 GB of memory. Every other improvement is usually just improvements that could have been added in 32-bit mode but they threw into 64 bit arch. Similar wi

      • Don't tell it to me, tell it to Anand Chandrasekher.

  • Binary drivers (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by bug1 ( 96678 )

    Did Qualcom also announce their commitment to binary only drivers and refusal to work with the free and open source software communtiy ?

    Qualcom are just another greedy corp trying to take everyones stuff.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Exactly, these might be intresting processors, but not as long as there's no open specs. Fuck qualcomm

    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      Do you need drivers for a CPU?

      • Well, since you cannot pick the gpu and since qualcomm couples those CPU with their Adreno (scrambled letters from "Radeon") GPUs I think it is a valid question, because it is possible that a dev-boards might use those cpus/gpus or it will be helpfull for the guys at AOSP to have an oss stack.
    • They could pair the cores with 8-core TI DSP in order to mimize blobs (the a simple framebuffer and an A/D would be enough to have video/audio).
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I think this may not be enough for a smartphone. After all, it's not for making phone calls. Right? It's for viewing ads. The more the better for all of us.

  • I really don't 100% get this big.little architecture.

    The idea of having a weak but low power core capable of running all the basic functions and driving the GPU is reasonably obvious. I get that. I get the idea of having it backed by 4 big fast cores which can be switched on when a task overloads the little CPU.

    But why have 4 little CPUs?

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The idea of the "little" part of BIG.little is that a device can be much more power efficient. While the big cores (Cortex-A57) can do the heavy processing power, for lower CPU requirements the little cores (Cortex-A53) will suffice and the big cores will be off to save power. (It's helpful, but a bit like an advertisement)

      • Sorry, I wasn't clear.

        Why have more than 1 little CPU. If you have something intense enough to use 4, why not just fire up one big CPU?

Forty two.