Qualcomm has announced the first 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon processors will enter production this year.
The first that we’ll be seeing is the mid-range Snapdragon 615, which will launch in the summer running the 64-bit architecture.
Later in the year though we’ll see the high-end 64-bit chips, the Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU and hexa-core Snapdragon 806.
All three new chipsets will be made using an advanced 20nm process, which will help boost their speeds and make them more power efficient for the next wave of flagship smartphones.
To help keep the chips future-proof, the chips are all compatible with 4G LTE networks.
“Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multicore processing and superior multimedia,” said Murthy Renduchintala, Executive VP of Qualcomm Technologies.
“64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement for this tier and we are meeting our customers’ needs with both octa- and quad-core configurations, as well as bringing our superior Adreno 405 graphics and powerful suite of connectivity technologies to the Snapdragon 600 family of chipsets.”
It’s not clear which future smartphones could pack these new 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon chips, especially as the likes of the LG G3 will pack the Snapdragon 805 processor.
Perhaps we could see these new chips in phone’s coming out later in 2014, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but it’s more likely that these new CPUs won’t feature in phones until 2015.
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