Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 Relies On Semi-Custom Cores
Qualcomm today revealed that the Kryo 385 CPU in the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform does not use off-the-shelf cores and instead relies on semi-custom cores. Processor designers often use cores such as those created by ARM. The Kryo 385 CPU has an octa-core design, with four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. These cores are based on the Cortex A75 and A55 designs from ARM, but they have been heavily customized by Qualcomm in order to provide better performance across the larger Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. Each core has its own L2 cache, but all eight can then be managed by a new 2MB shared L3 cache. Qualcomm says the benefit of the design here is to improve the speed with which the cores talk to the larger system, as well as lower thermals and draw less power. This will improve performance for augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.
Qualcomm Improves Its High-Tier Range with Snapdragon 660 and 630
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 mobile platforms, two new systems-on-a-chip that the company says will dramatically improve speed, battery life, and photography for sub-flagship smartphones. The Snapdragon 660 succeeds the 653, while the 630 succeeds the 626.
MediaTek Packs 10 Cores in TriCluster Helio X20 Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio X20, a mobile application processor that packages 10 cores together in three separate clusters. Many of today's high-end processors package eight cores in two clusters.
Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
Huawei today announced the Kirin 950 chipset for phones, which is designed to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets in higher-end phones. Huawei claims that the 950 is 25% faster and 44% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's current flagship chip.
ARM Reveals DynamIQ Processor Design with AI In Mind
ARM today announced DynamIQ, a new way to manage multi-core systems that gives them the ability to scale exactly to the tasks or needs at hand. DynamIQ expands on ARM's big.LITTLE technology, which allows for paired sets of high-power and low-power processor cores to tackle specific tasks based on the computing requirements.
ARM's Cortex A75 and A55 Processor Cores Target AI
ARM recently announced the Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processor cores, the first to support its DynamIQ technology. ARM first revealed DynamIQ earlier this year, an advancement of its big.LITTLE technology that allows paired sets of high-power and low-power processor cores to tackle specific tasks based on the computing requirements at hand.