Snapdragon 1000 might be PC chip

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Specifications of the latest Qualcomm System-on-Chip (SoC) identified as SDM1000 but believed to be eventually named as Snapdragon 1000, are beginning to surface. However WinFuture said that it had found details about a chip called the SDM1000 (possibly Snapdragon 1000).

At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled its next gen Snapdragon platform targeting "always-on" laptops.

The Snapdragon 1000 seems to be the firm's first proper crack at the laptop market.

Intel's U-series chips use 15W of power and run in laptops with 5 to 17 hours of battery life, and its Y-series chips use 4.5W of power and feature in laptops with 5 to 9 hours.

Current Snapdragon 1000 test chips include up to 16GB of RAM, with two 128GB flash storage modules, 802.11ad gigabit Wi-Fi and gigabit LTE.

The chip is expected to be built on TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process.

It would make the device suitable for a wider range of computing devices, with motherboard manufacturers encouraged to offer Snapdragon 1000-socketed motherboards for PC and gadget makers to make their own computers from, such as low-power desktops and NUC-style compact computers.

Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm to produce ARM chips for Windows 10 PCs. Would you buy an ARM Windows 10 machine? It will deliver exceptional performance and will easily compete against the likes of Intel. It will apparently draw 12W of power for the entire SoC.

This means the Snapdragon 1000 could be as big as Intel's processors, which would be an interesting change for Qualcomm.

How much the Snapdragon's 1000 boosted specs are going to compromise those advantages remains to be seen - we still don't know any of the key specs of the chip, even if it's now looking more likely to be on the way.

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