Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 platforms to improve PC productivity from entry-level to premium device levels.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform has been updated for always-on, always-connected computers. It should be noted support for three different modem settings in the 8cx Gen 3. Snapdragon X65, X55 and X62 Modem-RF lines. With potential download speeds of 10 Gbps (X65 5G), 7.5 Gbps (X55 5G) and 4.4 Gbps (X62 5G).
Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 is also included for Wi-Fi 6E speeds up to 3.6 Gbps.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is a 5nm Windows PC platform. Qualcomm says it has created the space needed to improve Cryo CPU performance without dramatically increasing power consumption compared to the 8cx Gen 2.
According to the company, there is up to an 85% increase in the generation performance of the Krio CPU and up to 60% higher performance in the Adreno GPU.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 also supports up to HDR 4K video playback (up to 120 frames per second), and the Qualcomm Spectra ISP has been revised to improve camera startup time by up to 15%. HDR 4K image recording is possible and there is support for up to four simultaneous cameras.
Productivity-enhancing tools, such as video conferencing applications, appear to be key in this platform update. Qualcomm has included “3A” – autofocus, auto white balance, and auto exposure. These are the features to improve video call quality, such as those via Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
In addition, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 comes with Qualcomm noise cancellation technology. Which is another potential incentive for calls when many of us now either work from home or have adopted hybrid settings.
Artificial intelligence (AI) functions have been improved with an acceleration rate of more than 29 TOPS.
When it comes to security, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Secure Processing Unit (SPU) implements the Microsoft Pluto architecture for storing sensitive data. Including cryptographic keys. Runtime memory encryption is another new security feature.
On Wednesday, Miguel Nunes, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, told Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit participants that “most of us spent more time on the computer than we could have imagined in the last 24 months,” and, therefore, ” The PC has become important again. “
This concept extends to the entry-level and is associated with the launch of Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3, designed for this category of Windows and Chromebook devices.
Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3,
The 6nm Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 comes with a Krio CPU and Adreno CPU. Revised hardware that Qualcomm says has resulted in CPU performance up to 60% based on previous iterations, as well as graphics up to 70%. The platform also comes with an integrated Snapdragon X53 5G modem-RF, Qualcomm AI Engine (6.5 TOPS) and FastConnect 6700 for Wi-Fi 6 / 6E speeds up to 2.9 Gbps.
In addition, the Spectra ISP comes with support for triple cameras and 4K HDR video recording.
Nunes said Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 “raises the bar” for entry-level devices in today’s computing ecosystems and that the company is focused on bringing top-to-bottom features into this category.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 devices are expected to be available early next year.