Details New Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000-SoC for Windows 10


Qualcomm has been pushing into the PC processor market over the past few months by teaming up with Microsoft on the Always Connected program.

With Qualcomm working with Microsoft to get its Snapdragon chips into Windows 10 laptops, there have been rumors that a supercharged processor called the Snapdragon 1000 is on the way to give these devices a serious performance boost. The Snapdragon 1000 is expected to be comparable to a 15W Intel U-series Core i5, but using 20 per cent less power - a 6.5 watt draw for the CPU itself and around 12 watts for the entire system-on-a-chip (SoC).

The Qualcomm SDM1000 should be used in more simple Windows 10 devices, maybe even somple desktop PCs. This tandem is built in creating an ARM-based SDM1000 chip which is supposed to be as the Snapdragon 1000. Qualcomm is looking to change that with the Snapdragon 1000, a 12W SoC aimed at competing with Intel. Qualcomm's test platform supposedly has 16GB LPDDR4X RAM with two 128GB flash drives for storage. By building it from the ground up for PCs, Qualcomm can use its expertise in mobile chip development to squeeze out as much performance as possible on low power requirements. It will support Gigabit WLAN, a new socketed chip design, and new power management techniques.

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What if we told you that the Google Pixelbook, which now runs Chrome OS, might also run Windows 10 down the road? The Snapdragon 1000 chip is being constructed from the start with the aim to function for laptop devices rather than the smartphones.

Qualcomm may be baby-stepping its move into mobile Windows machines right now, but come next year, it looks like the company will be taking a huge step to bear its sword against a company that could've owned it. In other words, the Snapdragon 1000 is approaching Intel's latest two-in-one chips for power consumption.