Snapdragon 8180 Reportedly Next SoC for Windows 10-Based Notebooks – Details Reveal Octa-Core CPU With LPDDR4X RAM Support
Snapdragon 8180, the chip that Qualcomm is allegedly developing for Windows 10 on ARM notebooks is expected to offer more performance than previously thought. For the uninitiated, it is an eight-core, 7m FinFET chip that might need active cooling as it is expected to feature a 15-watt TDP.
This can mean that it will be competing against Intel’s U-series of processors that are found in a variety of ultrabooks. With the inception of its 8th-generation U-series of chips, the CPU manufacturer went from offering a dual-core to a quad-core package in thin-and-light machines, giving them more firepower in a portable offering. Looks like Qualcomm plans to do the same.
Snapdragon 8180 Reportedly Getting Its Own Dedicated NPU That Will Be Helpful for Conserving Battery Life in a Variety of Situations
Per import databases, the Snapdragon 8180 or SDM1000, as it is internally called, will provide a clock speed of up to 3.0GHz. In addition to the four Kryo Gold cores that reach 3.0GHz, it will reportedly have four Kryo Silver cores as well that clock at 1.8GHz. The finished product is expected to reach much higher clock rates thanks to the addition of a cooling system installed. Similar to the Snapdragon 8150, the Snapdragon 8180 will most likely be based on the ARM Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A76 architectures.
The chip will have the Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU, but apart from the name, nothing is known about this integrated graphics unit. Needless to say, the GPU, along with the 8.5 billion transistors used in the chip, will provide an impressive amount of firepower. Of course, there would be a dedicated NPU, that is being called ‘NPU-130’ for now, for AI-related tasks.
The Snapdragon 8180 will also support the faster LPDDR4X RAM standard with a 2133MHz clock speed, which is greater than the frequency of 1866MHz that the Snapdragon 845 and Snapdragon 850 are able to achieve. Apart from that, the Snapdragon 8180 will reportedly feature a new design, because of its larger format that Qualcomm reportedly calls FCBGA1448B.
Even though an ASUS laptop codenamed Primus will apparently be the first device to be powered by the new Snapdragon 8180, the chip will not formally be presented until the beginning of December. This means we won't be seeing any devices underpinned by the new SoC until 2019.
Still, it is refreshing to see that Qualcomm has finally made up its mind to take on Intel, at least in the low-power and ultrabook segment.
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