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Qualcomm's New 7-Series Snapdragon is Part Workaround for Global Chip Shortage

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May 19, 2021, 10:00 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform, an upgraded replacement for last year's 768G, and close sibling to the 780G. Compared to the 768G, the 778G offers 2x AI performance, 40% better CPU, and 40% faster GPU (graphics) performance. It also includes Qualcomm's triple ISP technology that can process up to 2 gigapixels from multiple cameras simultaneously. Also included are Elite Gaming features such as Variable Rate Shading and enhanced touch response time. Motorola has confirmed it will use the new chip. As the model number implies, the 778G is quite similar to the Snapdragon 780G that was announced just two months ago. Although there are some minor differences — such as a better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth subsystem on the 780G — the two chips are extremely similar in specs and features. In a call with reporters, Qualcomm explained that this unusual product lineup strategy is related to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. No single chip manufacturer currently has enough available capacity to meet the high demand that Qualcomm is seeing for its higher-end 7-series 5G chipsets. So the 778G is effectively an alternate version of the 780G, manufactured by a different chip foundry. The 780G is made using a cutting-edge 5nm process while the 778G is made using a 6nm process.

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