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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 808 And 810

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If you've paid any attention to the semiconductor market over the past few years, you're likely aware that the upcoming 20nm node is expected to offer fairly modest benefits compared to 28nm. Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries have pinned their hopes on 16nm FinFET (14nm-XM for GlobalFoundries), which they claim will offer a much greater performance scaling.



Still, the benefits of moving to the Cortex-A57 and A53 should be significant. ARM's new core is expected to deliver a boost over current 32-bit products; the Cortex-A53 will improve efficiency and battery life, and both chips will be able to utilize all of their cores at the same time. Meanwhile the 20nm radio will offer its own boots. The Snapdragon 810 will integrate features like Carrier Aggregation -- that won't matter much for US buyers, where technology introductions lag other nations, but it will benefit those of you who live in countries where wireless rollouts are actually prioritized.

Finally, the benefits of Qualcomm's 28nm RF may not be as sexy as other components, but the power savings can be utilized to drive either higher burst performance or better battery life. On the software side, if Android vendors see the same benefit to 64-bit that Apple did, the 810 could be 20-30% faster than the 805. Meanwhile, the 808 could be the real sleeper hit of the year -- Qualcomm has promised that it will outperform the 801 -- if it also improves power consumption, it could make a great platform for users who want high-end performance but with reasonable battery life.

20nm won't be the dramatic step forward that we saw from the 40nm - 28nm transition, but the introduction of 64-bit operating systems, higher-performing chips, and better wireless tech should collectively drive mobile performance upwards at a good clip through 2015.
 

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It's going to be interesting to see how this combination stacks up against NVIDIA's Tegra K1!

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From the looks of things right now, Tegra K1 will mostly be a tablet chip; I haven't heard of any phone design wins. One of the interesting things about the Qualcomm tour was the gaming lab -- they take gaming much more seriously than i realized they did.

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Yea Dave, im very curious to see how those 2 will stack up. Im gonna put my money on the Tegra :-P

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There's no doubt that NV has some great gaming chops and has been working in a dedicated fashion to bring that experience to bear in Android. Features like Shield streaming are an awesome addition to the gaming market as a whole.

That said, I expect QC to offer very strong performance in the graphics market. Nv doesn't have nearly Qualcomm's market share these days, and that matters for any consideration of developer support. So while I wouldn't count NV out by any means, I think it's fair to say that the company is fighting to regain market share in Android as a whole.

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The Tegra chips have definitely been graphics powerhouses... but i've noticed that there just aren't that many solid android games that take advantage...

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There haven't been. I would really like to see that change now that NV is bringing a programmable GPU to market.

A number of prominent mobile titles use physics-based gameplay. I've always thought that a mobile game enhanced with GPU physics could be a lot of fun. Meanwhile the workload would still be small in absolute terms -- small enough (hopefully) to allow for GPU-offload of those calculations. In PC games, PhysX was used solely to boost visual eye candy without having an impact on actual play.

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At least on android they should be able to use physx in a meaningful way given the lower premium for mobile games and id assume lower production costs.

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