Microsoft mulls Snapdragon 1000 for future AR and VR devices

27 June, 2018, 16:38 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Microsoft to use Windows 10-focused Snapdragon 1000 chip for foldable Surface Phone

At the same time, Qualcomm is also reportedly working on Snapdragon 1000, and details about the chipset have surfaced.

Arstechnica reports that the SDM1000 (known as the Snapdragon 1000) is a new SoC that was built with powering Windows 10 in mind. Industry insiders believe Snapdragon 1000 could be as powerful as Intel's Y- and U-series Core processors.

Part of this push of the envelope has to do with rumors that there will be a first-ever socketed variant of the Snapdragon processor, meaning that it does not have to be placed directly on the motherboard.

The devices are intended for lower-power, slimline Windows 10 laptops and two-in-one computers, targeting Intel's Y- and U-series CPUs that, while drawing around 4.5 watts and 15 watts respectively, offer somewhat humdrum erformance in return. It's now reportedly crafting a new chip called the Snapdragon 1000 that's purpose-built for upcoming desktops and laptops. The device is also providing support for Gigabit WLAN, meaning that a very capable machine is in the works.

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Although the company's already working on the Snapdragon 850 - a chipset for "always connected experiences" - it's simply a higher-clocked version of the 845, the chip you'll find in smartphones like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ.

The Snapdragon 1000 will be based on ARM Cortex-A76 cores and use TSMC's 7nm fabrication processes. Our interest in the other products, of course, speak for themselves, and it would be good to know Microsoft's most interesting products are powered by Qualcomm's strongest mobile processor.

Snapdragon 1000 has a power rating of just 6.5W.

This also means that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 could be the biggest SoC from Qualcomm, which means that the chipset might not feature on any smartphone what so ever.

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