Microsoft mulls Snapdragon 1000 for future AR and VR devices

Microsoft mulls Snapdragon 1000 for future AR and VR devices

Qualcomm is expected to continue their push into the PC market with the Snapdragon 1000. The report further added that the Snapdragon 1000 chipset with the codename SDM1000 would be capable of facilitating processing power at par with an Intel U-series or Y-series chipset.

Qualcomm is allegedly designing a new chipset especially for always-on Windows 10 laptops. The much rumored Snapdragon 1000, however, is expected to be a different story. This goes up directly against the Intel Y and U series of mobile CPUs, which both draw 4.5 watts and 15 watts respectively. With their top-end Snapdragon 835 and 845 processors, they have proved that power efficiency and top of the line performance can be delivered simultaneously.

The Snapdragon 1000 will be based on ARM Cortex-A76 cores and use TSMC's 7nm fabrication processes.

Qualcomm is likely to target the Intel-dominated desktop PC market with an upcoming series of ARM-based chips, according to a report citing materials provided to system developers.




Winfuture's Roland Quandt recently revealed even more information about the Snapdragon 1000, which according to his sources could be configured with up to 16GM of LPDDR4X RAM, two 128GB UFS flash drives. It also comes with gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ad, along with a new power management controller.

For now this seems to be a work-in-progress, and Winfuture.de is also citing a Qualcomm job listing on LinkedIn looking for a Microsoft Windows Multimedia Project Engineer to manage all operations of a Qualcomm SDM845 and SDM1000 for desktop, HoloLens, and Andromeda.

Snapdragon 1000 has a power rating of just 6.5W. It is clear that the Snapdragon 1000 or a similar chip will be seen in a future Intel NUC.

The new chip is significantly larger than Qualcomm's smartphone chips, with the upcoming Snapdragon 855 measuring 12.4mm by 12.4mm.

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