According to the latest reports, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 will be the first serious rival of the SoC Apple M. Under the Hamoa codenamewe find Qualcomm’s first serious SoC for use in computers.
Initially known as Qualcomm Orionnow the rumors indicate that this SoC will arrive with the name of Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. Unlike the rest of SoCs Snapdragon cx seen to date, here really yes we would be facing a high-end SoC worthy of competing with Apple Silicon chips. As well as AMD and Intel CPUs based on the x86 architecture.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 will boast a 12-core CPU
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According to known information, this processor will arrive using a configuration of 12 cores with a hybrid design. In this way, they are divided into 8 high-performance cores together with 4 cores of low energy consumption. All this will be linked to a desEsports Extrasvery similar to that of Apple Silicon. This translates into having the CPU, GPU or RAM memory under the same package.
during the past Snapdragon Summit 2022, Qualcomm announced that it would be its most powerful SoC, and for this they have taken advantage of NUVIA technology. This allows the company to develop their own custom kernels. Qualcomm acquired this company for $1.4 billion in 2021. Following the acquisition, the company’s main purpose was to launch a direct rival to the Apple M-series chips.
Now, as new information, we know that really Qualcomm Orion, is the name attached to these high-performance custom kernels. These would currently operate a Base frequency of 3.40GHz vs. 2.50 GHz for low power cores. Each block of 4 cores would have 12 MB of L2 cache along with 8 MB of L3 cache.
At the graphics level, the company would not offer anything new. This implies reuse your Adreno 740 graphics. These would be comparable to those integrated in the Apple M1, although they are expected to be faster because the frequencies would increase compared to their version used in smartphones. The reason is obvious, better cooling, much larger batteries or work connected to the power outlet.
Other information that is known
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 will have an advantage in RAM. Although the new Apple M2 Max and M2 Pro are limited to the use of RAM memory LPDDR5this SoC will support up to 64 GB of memory LPDDR5X. Optionally, this memory could see the frequency reduced to 4,200 MHz to prioritize battery life over performance. This SoC will be accompanied by the external modem Snapdragon X65 5G. This will give access to 5G connectivity along with WiFi 7 and Bluetooth.
Additionally, will allow to connect with a dedicated GPU via a PCI-Express 4.0 x8 interface. A PCIe 4.0 interface for bringing NVMe SSD drives to life in addition to PCIe 3.0 for the modem and WiFi connectivity could also not be missing. Additionally, manufacturers could leave the NVMe SSD as an additional storage expansion option. For this they can integrate UFS 4.0 storage instead of PCIe.
In terms of connectivity, it will offer video outputs in the form of DisplayPort 1.4a, up to 3x USB 4 ports (Thunderbolt 4) and 2x USB 3.1 @ 10 Gbps. All this allows up to 3 video outputs at 5K + 4K + 4K resolution, and the ability to decode AV1 video to 4K at 120 FPS and encode it to 4K at 60 FPS.
According to all these data, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 promises a lot. Of course, unlike Apple, which has an operating system 100% natively designed for the use of its architecture, Qualcomm you will have to see the faces with Windows 11, although Microsoft is increasingly emphasizing support. Now it remains for popularity to gain and for other companies to begin offering native versions of their applications thinking about their use on ARM.