Qualcomm unveils 64-bit Snapdragons with Cat 6 LTE

The company says the new processors -- due out in 2015 -- will complete its lineup of 64-bit chips.


Qualcomm has introduced its next-gen, highest-performing 64-bit processors packing advanced LTE technology.

The Snapdragon 810 and 808 complete Qualcomm's lineup of 64-bit LTE-equipped chipsets for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the company said Monday in a statement.

Both chips integrate LTE Advanced Category 6 multimode modems that, theoretically, can offer up to 300 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds. Current 4G LTE technology in the US offers only a fraction of those speeds.

Qualcomm said it is now fully committed to 64-bit processors.

"This announcement underscores Qualcomm Technologies focus on 64-bit leadership...with more details expected to be shared later this year," the company said.

The 810 processor, the fastest Snapdragon to date, combines 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 CPUs (central processing units).

The 810 also uses Qualcomm's new Adreno 430 GPU (graphics processing unit), which is designed to deliver up to 30 percent faster graphics performance, while reducing power consumption by up to 20 percent, as compared with the Adreno 420 GPU.

The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors will be available as sample shipments in the third quarter of this year and are expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2015, Qualcomm said.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the 64-bit Snapdragon 610 and 615 with standard 4G LTE.

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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