Qualcomm Unveils 64-Bit ARM Chips – Quad-Core Snapdragon 610 And Octa-Core Snapdragon 615

Qualcomm Unveils 64-Bit ARM Chips – Quad-Core Snapdragon 610 And Octa-Core Snapdragon 615

After Snapdragon 410, Qualcomm expands its series of 64-bit ARM processor with Snapdragon 610/615 quad core and octa-core processors in the MWC 2014 Barcelona area.

After the announcement of the processor Apple A7 on the Apple iPhone 5S, Qualcomm group quickly responded by announcing a SoC Snapdragon 410 compliant 64-bit processor but oriented at mid-range and available from the second half of 2014.

For the MWC 2014 in Barcelona area, the American giant continues to expand its range in this direction by announcing Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 processors changing the 64-bit processor of Snapdragon 600 launched in early 2013.

Like it, they are rather intended for consumer products midrange/high-end and they incorporate a modem part which is compatible with 4G LTE Cat4 solution RF360 multiband of Qualcomm. While the quad-core Snapdragon 610 provides a configuration of 64-Bit/LTE version of the Snapdragon 615 is the first solution for octa-core 64-Bit/LTE market.

SoC based on the ARMv8 instruction set makes it possible to manage both instructions of 32 Bit and 64 Bit, ensuring backward compatibility with existing software systems.

Note also that the Snapdragon processor 610/615 benefits from the latest generation of graphics chips from Qualcomm with the presence of a chip Adreno 405 DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL ES3.0 manager and management of QHD resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) and support Miracast for streaming video on the big screen.

The Adreno 405 is also able to manage GPGPU processing, namely to allow deport certain types of repetitive calculations from the CPU to the GPU in order to not clog the applications processor.

But this will only be available until the end of the year, the first reference designs around these processors is expected during the last quarter of 2014.


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