Qualcomm’s first 8-core chip, the Snapdragon 615, will be released this summer
If you’ve been waiting to hear when Qualcomm will join the 8-core mobile chip fray then we have news for you. The chipmaker will apparently be beginning mass production of its first octa-core processor soon with the first examples expected to ship in products (smartphones and tablets etc) this summer.
You might be surprised to hear that the first 8-core Qualcomm chip will not be a top end part but aimed at the middle market. It is called the Snapdragon 615. DigiTimes heard the official announcement at the recent Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) 2014 event held in Shenzhen, China.
Industry magazine DigiTimes also reports that the Snapdragon 615 will be pitted against rival octa-core parts which have been around for the last six months. Qualcomm should have the advantage of its well regarded 4G/LTE wireless technology.
Also announced in Shenzhen were production plans for Qualcomm’s 64-bit 8-core 810-series and 6-core 808-series processors. These parts are expected to be fabricated at TSMC in Taiwan on its advanced 20nm manufacturing process. These parts are destined for flagship devices and also support 4G connectivity of course.
This news is fresh out of Asia and Qualcomm has released no English language press releases or other details of the aforementioned chips as yet. We will update you as we find out more.