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Qualcomm announces 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chip

by Mark Tyson on 10 December 2013, 13:00

Tags: Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), PC

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As part of its thrust to make LTE 4G available across all of its Snapdragon product layers Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. This is a 64-bit capable processor built on the 28nm process and utilises the Adreno 306 GPU.

You may be surprised that Qualcomm would choose this lower product tier, the 400 series, to introduce its first 64-bit chip for mobiles and tablets. However Qualcomm reasons that this new part will be “important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions,” in particular China, where 4G is beginning to ramp up.

The Snapdragon 410 chipset has the following qualities:

  • 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.2GHz+ CPU cores
  • 64-bit capable
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 4G LTE World Mode offers 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe
  • Supports 1080p video playback
  • Supports cameras up to 13-megapixels
  • Supports dual and triple-SIM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality
  • GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou for navigation

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, SVP and COO, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”

Qualcomm says that the new 64-bit, LTE packing Snapdragon 410 chip will being sampling with manufacturers in H1 2014 and it is expected to be in commercial devices running Android, Windows Phone and the Firefox OS by H2 2014.

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I wish, in a way, that when it comes to upgrading for smartphones, it would be something similar to what we have for PCs. Need a new processor? Swap it in with the old one. Need more RAM? Just stick it in.
This way, we get an additional 1-2 years of use of our smartphones without suffering the penalties performance issues with let's say a new OS.
Motorola wants to make a modular phone. Swapping chips and other parts looks interesting but this phone will be expensive.
The thing that annoys me is this hype around 64bit processors. I dont know how much difference will make, I wonder even if this feature will be used in the next years. Look at PC processors, we have 64 bit capable processors from the days of Athlon64 and how many 64bit apps average person uses?
windows 8.1 doesn't support the Athlon64 anymore :(
windows 8.1 doesn't support the Athlon64 anymore :(

Or some core2 machines apparently, due to BIOS problems not allowing the chip to report that it is CMPXCHG16b capable.

Perhaps Microsoft will put the workaround back in 8.2 ;)