Mobile devices sporting 64-bit processors are still rare today. Right now we have the iPhone 5S using the A7 SoC that uses a 64-bit architecture. Its usage however will become common as chip makers release their latest 64-bit offerings to the market. Qualcomm is one such chip maker that plans to release a 64-bit product into the market.
Reports indicate that the company is working on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chip that comes integrated with support for 4G LTE networks. This chip will use the 28 nm technology and is said to have its first test run this coming first quarter of 2014. Mass production will start on the second quarter.
The key features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 include
- 28nm process technology
- 64-bit capable along with superior graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU
- 1080p video playback
- up to a 13 Megapixel camera
- Integrated 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe
- Support for Dual and Triple SIM
- multiband and multimode support
- Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality
- Supports GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou
- supports all major operating systems, including Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems
According to Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Qualcomm Technologies China, “We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 (~1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”
The company is also reportedly preparing its octa-core processor called the MSM8994/APQ8094. This chip uses the 20 nm HKMG process and uses an octa-core 64 –bit architecture. Each core can reach a frequency of up to 2.5 GHz while its Adreno 430 GPU is clocked at 500 MHz.
Some of the features of this chip are
- Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994/APQ8094
- Octa-Core 2.5GHz 4MB L2 cache Krait64 2 Module
- 1600MHz 4GB RAM LPDDR3 PoP
- Adreno 430 500 MHz
- Pixel fill Rate 6Gpix / s
- Vertex 500Mtri / s
- OpenGL ES3.0, direct x11.1, OpenCL1.2
- Built-in Communication Module (MSM8994 only)
- 20 nm HKMG Process
Qualcomm won’t be the first company to release 64-bit chips or even octa-core chips for that matter. Its entry however will become interesting as mobile device manufacturers will now have a wide variety of choices.