Qualcomm shows off next-gen flagship CPU with 8 ARM cores

|About: Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)|By:, SA News Editor

As rumored, Qualcomm's (QCOM) next-gen flagship baseband/app processor, the Snapdragon 810, will feature eight 64-bit ARM (ARMH) cores. However, it'll do so by using ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, pairing four powerful ARM cores with four low-power cores meant to handle less demanding tasks. (technical details)

ARM has been pitching big.LITTLE (also used by Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa CPU) to chipmakers as a way to improve battery life. It also serves to improve ARM's royalty rates, given the company charges higher rates for chips with more cores.

Qualcomm states the 810 is designed for 4K displays, and will be able to record 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps. A slightly less powerful CPU, the Snapdragon 808 (2 high-power and 4 low-power ARM CPUs), is designed for 2560x1600 displays.

The chips are expected to sample in 2H and ship in commercial hardware in 1H15. Qualcomm, only five months removed from announcing the quad-core Snapdragon 805 (expected in commercial hardware soon), still has the market for high-end, integrated, 4G baseband/app processors to itself. It also has a dominant mid-range share, but competition is starting to pick up.