Qualcomm Declares Snapdragon 665 & 730 Platforms: 11 & 8nm

Qualcomm's AI day in San Francisco noticed in the present day's new Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730 SoCs and platforms. The brand new chipsets signify updates to the Qualcomm mid- and upper-midrange within the 600 and 700 sequence. Final yr, we noticed Qualcomm being significantly energetic in these segments and shortly changing new platforms. Apparently, the rationale for this fast succession is that these product segments are extraordinarily loopy about value sensitivity, and that new merchandise which might be tailor-made exactly to the wants of the client usually carry the aggressive benefit and the specified design positive aspects.

Because of the leaf numbers of the Snapdragon SKUs, we reintroduce the newest generations in these two segments to attempt to put the brand new merchandise of in the present day in context:

Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs for the higher center class

SoC
Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 665
Snapdragon 670

Snapdragon 675

Snapdragon 710

Snapdragon 730

central processor
4x Cryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.2 GHz

4x Cryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.eight GHz

4x Cryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.zero GHz

4x Cryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.eight GHz

2x Cryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.zero GHz

6x Cryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7 GHz

2x Cryo 460 (CA76)
@ 2.zero GHz

6x Cryo 460 (CA55)
@ 1.7 GHz
2x Cryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2 GHz

6x Cryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7 GHz

2x Cryo 470 (CA76)
@ 2.2 GHz

6x Cryo 470 (CA55)
@ 1.eight GHz

GPU
Adreno 512
Adreno 610
Adreno 615
Adreno 612
Adreno 616
Adreno 618

DSP
Hex 680
Hexagon 68 6
Hexagon 685
Hexagon 68 eight

ISP /
digicam
Spectra 160
24MP
Spectra 16 5
25MP single / 16MP twin
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP twin
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP twin
Spectra 250
32MP single / 20MP twin
Spectra 350
36MP single / 22MP twin

reminiscence
2x 16-bit at 1866 MHz
LPDDR4
14.9 GB / s
2x 16-bit at 1866 MHz
LPDDR4X
14.9GB / s

1 MB system cache

Built-in modem
Snapdragon X12 LTE
(Class 12/13)
DL = 600 Mbps
three x 20 MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X15 LTE
(Class 15/13)
DL = 800 Mbps
three x 20 MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Coding /
Decode
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265

10-Bit HDR Pipelines

Mfc. To course of
14 nm LPP
11nm LPP
10 nm LPP
11nm LPP
10 nm LPP
8nm LPP

Snapdragon 665

Beginning with the brand new Snapdragon 665, the brand new chipset represents a direct replace to the Snapdragon 660 which was already introduced in 2017 the S660 was then; as an alternative, the Snapdragon 665 once more produces a decrease finish of the mid-range 600 Collection, however remains to be increased than the 630 or 650 Collection.

Not a lot has modified on the CPU aspect in comparison with the Snapdragon 660: There are nonetheless 4 Kryo 260 processors based mostly on Cortex A73 plus 4 Cortex A53-based cores. In actual fact, the clock pace of the brand new chipset is definitely decrease, providing solely 2GHz cores versus the two.2GHz predecessor. The small cores are nonetheless clocked at 1.eight GHz.

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Nonetheless, on the GPU aspect we see massive enhancements with the brand new Adreno 610 GPU, which ought to be an enormous technology bounce. The Hexagon DSP was additionally transformed throughout generations to a brand new 686 block.

The reminiscence controller, media options, and modem stay unchanged. Notice, nevertheless, that the brand new chipset might be upgraded to a 11LPP manufacturing course of, which ought to ship power financial savings and price financial savings in comparison with its predecessor.

Snapdragon 730

The Snapdragon 730 is a extra attention-grabbing technology improve. Right here, the brand new chipset appears to be a successor to the Snapdragon 710 introduced final yr. We had anticipated this chipset, however had been stunned that Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 675 as an alternative of final October. The unusual factor in regards to the announcement of the S675 was that it was outfitted with a CPU mixture that was superior to the higher-level Snapdragon 710.

The brand new S730 solves this unusual positioning state of affairs by upgrading the CPU microarchitecture to a Kryo 470 CPU configuration based mostly on Arm's Cortex A76 CPU μarch. The cores are clocked at 2.2 GHz and are accompanied by 6 x Cortex A55 cores at as much as 1.eight GHz.

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We additionally see a brand new model of the Adreno GPU within the type of the Adreno 618. The brand new unit guarantees a 25% enhance in efficiency over its predecessor.

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Key to the Snapdragon 730's differentiation issue is the truth that it’s outfitted with the newest technology of the Hexagon 688 DSP, which incorporates Qualcomm's new Tensor Accelerator items for machine studying.

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The imaging capabilities of the brand new chip are additionally on the high degree with the Spectra 350 ISP, together with CV (Pc Imaginative and prescient) acceleration. Certainly, the inclusion of those high-end options, which we see within the flagship 800 Collection, is the important thing characteristic of the 700 Collection: offering the identical performance in a extra highly effective and cost-effective package deal.

The brand new Snapdragon 730 can also be the primary Qualcomm chipset to be produced on Samsung's new 8nm LPP manufacturing node, which is the second finest course of selection for this technology.

Qualcomm additionally provides a Snapdragon 730G variant of the chipset that guarantees 15% extra graphics efficiency, a bin model of the Snapdragon 730 with increased clock speeds.

The brand new chipsets are anticipated to be obtainable in mid-2019 in industrial units.

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