Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1000 can outrival Intel Y/U for Windows 10 PCs


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

Qualcomm is expected to continue their push into the PC market with the Snapdragon 1000. The SD1000 SoC will have a 12W TDP and be competitive with Intel's Y-Series (4.5W) and U-Series (15W) processors. A new job posting by Qualcomm says that it is looking for an engineer who can work on Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets on the desktop, Andromeda and Hololens AR, VR products in Audio, Video, Display and Camera.

Part of this push of the envelope has to do with rumors that there will be a first-ever socketed variant of the Snapdragon processor, meaning that it does not have to be placed directly on the motherboard. But in the CPU department, Qualcomm can't beat Intel right now in brute performance, but what about Snapdragon 1000? The report also states that the SD 1000 SoC would be having 16GB LPDDR4X RAM and two 128GB UFS flash drives.

It uses a newly developed power management chip to handle the SoC's increased power usage.

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Most Qualcomm's line up of processors don't offer lightning speed performance for laptops, they do offer always-on connectivity (over LTE/4G) and very impressive battery life, for example like 20 hours, features that appeal to anyone working on the move. The Snapdragon 1000 or SDM1000 is a new chip built from the ground up for Microsoft's platform and looks to be more powerful than the recently announced Snapdragon 850. Machines based upon the SD845 would be approx 25 per cent faster than the previous generation, said Qualcomm.

Snapdragon 1000 has a power rating of just 6.5W.

The SDM1000, as it is internally named, is thought to release as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000, possibly in 2019.