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Who needs the cloud? Qualcomm emphasis on-device AI features for smartphones and Windows PCs

AMD recently launched its second generation of PC processors with integrated neural processing units, or NPUs. And Intel’s new Core Ultra processors based on Meteor Lake architecture also have built-in NPUs for hardware-accelerated AI. So we’re seeing a growing number of PC makers position their latest systems as “AI PCs.” But ARM-based chip makers have […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 can power 4K headsets

Qualcomm’s newest flagship processor for virtual and augmented reality headsets promises a 2.5X improvement in GPU performance, 8X better AI performance than the company’s XR2 Gen 1 chip, enabling support for 4K headsets (with up to 4.3K resolution per eye at up to 90 frames per second). The chip maker says the first device with Qualcomm […]

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Sony PlayStation Portal handheld teardown reveals a Qualcomm SG4150P chip and 16.6 Wh battery

The PlayStation Portal is a handheld gaming device with an 8 inch full HD display squeezed between two halves of a Sony DualSense controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, and stereo speakers. Available now for $200, the PlayStation Portal is designed for one thing only: streaming games from a PlayStation 5 console. You can’t officially […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 promises big boosts in graphics and AI performance

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 series processors are designed for upper mid-range smartphones, delivering a more cost-efficient alternative to the company’s flagship Snapdragon 8 series chips. But the latest Snapdragon 7 chip should bring significant performance gains over last year’s version. The new Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 processor is expected to deliver up to a 15% boost in […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite for smartphones fails to take off

Earlier this year Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon Satellite technology that could enable smartphones to tape into satellite communications networks for 2-way messaging even when users had no access to terrestrial wireless service. Now it looks like Snapdragon Satellite is dead in the water… or on the land… or whatever. Qualcomm had planned to partner with […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite will come in 23W and 80W variants, will support Windows and Linux PCs

The first PCs powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite processors are expected to arrive in mid-2024, with most major PC markers partnering with Qualcomm in one way or another. While we’ll probably have to wait a little longer for real-world reviews, Qualcomm is giving us a slightly better idea of what to expect from those […]

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These 9 PC makers could launch Windows PCs with Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chips

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor is an ARM-based chip that Qualcomm says delivers up to twice the performance of comparable x86 processors in at least some situations. And it’s also more energy-efficient, with Qualcomm claiming it can match competitors’ performance while using just one third as much electricity. Those are bold claims that may […]

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Lilbits: SiFive shakeup, more Qualcomm announcements, and new Macs on the way

Earlier this month SiFive introduced the new Performance P870 RISC-V processor and Intelligence X390 neural processing unit. Like many of the company’s products, these are basically designs that other companies can license for their own RISC-V chips, but they might be some of the last pre-designed processor cores of this type from SiFive. According to industry […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite chip for Windows PCs is a 12-core processor with up to 45 TOPS AI performance

PC makers have been shipping Windows PCs with Qualcomm’s ARM-based processors since 2018, and so far they’ve mostly been pretty underwhelming when it comes to bang for the buck. Qualcomm is hoping to turn that around with its new Snapdragon X line of high-performance chips for PCs. The first is the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite, which […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 brings big boost in CPU, graphics, and AI performance

Qualcomm says its next chip for flagship-class smartphones features a CPU that’s 30% faster than the previous-gen, a GPU that’s 25% faster, and an NPU (Neural Processing Unit for AI performance) that’s 98% faster. But those speed boosts shouldn’t come at the expense of battery life, since Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 […]

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Qualcomm and Google are bringing RISC-V to Wear OS smartwatches

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear chips have been some of the most popular solutions for smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS software. And now Qualcomm and Google have announced they’re bringing something new to the ecosystem: RISC-V chips. Up until now all of Qualcomm’s smartwatch chips have been based on ARM architecture, but now the company says it’s […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X Series chips are heading to PCs to take on Apple’s M-series processors

Qualcomm has been making some of the most powerful ARM-based chips for Android phones for well over a decade. But the company’s chips for laptops? They’ve been rather lackluster so far. Now the company is hoping to turn things around with a brand new Snapdragon X Series line of chips for Windows PCs. They’ll be the […]

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 for cheaper mid-range phones

Qualcomm is adding a new processor to its Snapdragon 7 line of chips for upper mid-range devices. But it’s not a faster chip than the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor that launched earlier this year. In fact, the new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is less powerful in most respect than last year’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. It’s most […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon G chips might not just be for Android gaming handhelds

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon G series processors are designed for handheld game consoles like the upcoming AYA Neo Pocket S, which is expected to ship with an Android-based operating system. But in an interview with The Verge, Qualcomm’s senior gaming director Mithun Chandrasekhar says the chip could eventually power devices running other operating systems as well. […]