Qualcomm Gives Birth to 64-bit Snapdragons with Eight Cores, Integrated LTE

Paul Lilly

New top-end mobile chips from Qualcomm bring the boom

Qualcomm just threw down the gauntlet in the mobile handset space by announcing some potent parts. More specifically, Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 chipsets for high-end smartphones. According to Qualcomm, the 615 part is the world's first commercial octa-core solution with integrated LTE and 64-bit capabilities, while the 610 offers the same in a quad-core package.

Both Snapdragon chipsets use the same Adreno 405 GPU found in Qualcomm's premium Snapdragon 800 tier. The Adreno 405 offers support for DirectX 11.2, Open GL ES3.0, Full Profile Open CL, quad high-definition (2560x1600) displays, and Miracast for wireless streaming of multimedia content.

"Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multicore processing, and superior multimedia," said Murthy Renduchintala , executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement for this tier, and we are meeting our customers’ needs with both octa- and quad-core configurations, as well as bringing our superior Adreno 405 graphics and powerful suite of connectivity technologies to the Snapdragon 600 family of chipsets."

Qualcomm also introduced its Snapdragon 801 processor, the newest model in the 800 series. Compared to the 800, it offers improved graphics and gaming, higher quality imaging with support for larger and faster camera sensors, better image post-processing, and a few other upgrades.

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