Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c, Snapdragon 7c, Snapdragon 8cx Enterprise Chips Announced for Entry-Level ARM Windows PCs


Just a year ago, Qualcomm announced the world’s first 7nm SoC for laptops – Snapdragon 8cx platform. The company launched this SoC to compete against other chip makers in the growing market of hybrid, thin-and-light always-connected personal computers. Now, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019, the company has announced two new PC platforms – Snapdragon 8c and Snapdragon 7c along with an advanced Snapdragon 8cx Enterprise compute platform.

These mobile processors allow hybrid and thin-and-light laptops to make use of the integrated modem in Snapdragon chips, and also take advantage of the higher power-efficiency for extended battery life. Generally, people looking for always-connected laptops choose the one which has better mobility and battery efficiency.

The Snapdragon 7c compute platform is said to be designed for entry-level Windows 10 laptops in the sub-$400 (approx. Rs. 29,000) price range. The company promises that the SD 7c will boost the performance of the PC by 25 percent and double the battery life. As mentioned above, it is also loaded with a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem for on-the-go cellular connectivity.

The new Snapdragon 7c comprises of eight Kryo 468 CPU cores and an Adreno 618 GPU. The built-in AI engine is said to be able to deliver over 5TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) on Windows 10, which is quite promising. 

On the other hand, the new Snapdragon 8c is more advanced than the SD 7c. It is built on the 7nm process and promises a performance boost of up to 30 percent over the Snapdragon 850, which was announced last year. This chip will target the laptops that cost around or under the $600 mark (approx. Rs. 43,000). This chip has a built-in Snapdragon X24 LTE modem which is said to deliver Gigabit connectivity speeds. It’s also compatible with the new X55 5G modem.

The new Snapdragon 8c comprises of eight Kryo 490 CPU cores and an Adreno 675 GPU. The built-in AI engine is said to be able to deliver over 6TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) on Windows 10 – quite higher than the Snapdragon 7c. A few other features of this chip include the fourth-generation Qualcomm AI engine, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, support for 4K resolution displays and LPDDR4x RAM. 

Last but not least, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Enterprise compute platform offers over 9TOPS of AI acceleration, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support, dual 4K display out, and Microsoft Secured-core PC support. 

As of now, the company has only announced these chips. Qualcomm hasn’t announced any new products based on these new chips or when we can expect them in the market. So, we need to wait a bit more to see the new Snapdragon chips powered PCs.

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