Qualcomm is gradually making its push into the PC processor market, namely with its latest Snapdragon 850, aimed at notebooks. That chip, however, is just a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 845, a processor originally designed for smartphones, which means the 850 still doesn’t make the cut in keeping up with Intel’s CPUs. The much rumored Snapdragon 1000, however, is expected to be a different story.
Currently known as the SDM1000, it’s looking more and more like the Snapdragon 1000 is being specifically designed for PCs. New details on the chip were obtained by Germany’s WinFuture, including that it will be able to match the performance of Intel’s Core processors. Specifically, the SDM1000 system-on-a-chip is said to be a much larger 20mm x 15mm, and use 12W of power, significantly more than a smartphone processor.
The Snapdragon 1000 is also expected to use ARM’s next-generation Cortex-A76 architecture, with a 35% speed increase, while supporting up to 16GB of RAM and two 128GB storage modules, making it clear the chip would be a threat to Intel in the notebook market.
There’s still no word on when the SDM1000 might be officially announced. Unfortunately for Intel, the company already has its hands full with 10nm manufacturing struggles and the growing popularity of ARM-powered PCs. Where they once had dominance, the chip market is rapidly becoming more competitive.