Qualcomm Brand Shot CES 2014-3
Qualcomm has taken the wraps off a new 32-bit processor, the Snapdragon 801 and two new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. The Snapdragon 801 is a new iteration of the popular Snapdragon 800 processor that has been tweaked to make it faster, while the Snapdragon 610 and 615 are 64-bit octa-core and quad-core processors respectively with integrated 5 mode global LTE capabilities.

The Snapdragon 801, which has already seen the light of day in the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, is a quad-core Krait 400 processor very much like its predecessor. It also has the same GPU, however compared to the Snapdragon 800, the 801 can be clocked slightly faster at 2.45GHz  (up from 2.3GHz) and supports a faster maximum GPU frequency.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are designed to allow manufacturers to make handsets that support LTE across all the major bands and modes without needing to ship different models for different geographic areas. The integrated modems also support the major 3G technologies.

64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement.
The Snapdragon 615 is the world’s first commercially announced 64-bit octa-core solution with integrated LTE. Its smaller brother, the Snapdragon 610 is a 64-bit quad-core design with the same LTE capabilities.

Qualcomm announced its first 64-bit processor with LTE support, the Snapdragon 410, back in December. The Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615 chipsets support the ARMv8 64-bit instruction set which brings 64-bit computing to mobile while maintaining compatibility with existing 32-bit software. All three processors use ARM’s Cortex A53 core design.

The 610 and 615 both use Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 GPU. The Ardeno 400 series GPU was first announced as part of the upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor, which will feature the Ardeno 420, and is now being made available in the Snapdragon 600 tier for the first time. The Adreno 405, found in the Snapdragon 610 and 615, supports DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation. The display engine supports up to Quad High Definition (2560×1600) displays and has an embedded H.265 hardware decoder.

“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,” said said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm.

Qualcomm anticipates that Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014. However they will begin sampling in the third quarter.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to an LTE phone powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor from Qualcomm?