Qualcomm today unveiled its next-generation processor platform for Always Connected PCs. The company today unveiled the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, it’s high-end processor platform that will power the next-gen PCs.
Snapdragon 8cx is the world’s first 7nm PC platform, beating Intel’s processors by a long run. The company’s new 8cx processors will come in devices along with the existing Snapdragon 850, with the former expected to support high-end devices.
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Qualcomm hopes to ship the new Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform on Always Connected PCs sometime in Q3 2019.
The new upgrades are massive gains for Qualcomm on the PC, and Intel has a ton of catching up to do. With Microsoft continuing investment on ARM, and other developers (like Mozilla, which is porting Firefox to ARM), it’s clear ARM is the future of Windows. And yes, Qualcomm is really coming for Intel’s business.
<blockquote><em><a href="#379003">In reply to jaredthegeek:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed.</p>
<p>It's not at all clear that "ARM is <em>the </em>future of Windows". </p><p><br></p><p>When I read "2x more transistors" I'm reminded of the 1960s transistor radios that embossed in the plastic case the number of transistors the radio had. As was the case for the radios, the number of transistors in a processor doesn't really tell you the relative value of the device in performing its intended purpose. In the case of Windows, the primary purpose is running Win32 apps. We'll have to see how this new chip performs relative to Intel devices.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#379019">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>With the respect to the mainstream market (ie: non-pros), mobile platforms (WinLite, ChromeOS, iOS + ARM SoCs) are the future.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#379027">In reply to shameermulji:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's a myth that only pros use non-mobile platforms. Mobile platforms have limitations that can't be engineered away because they are based on the physical characteristics of humans. We don't have tiny hands or tiny heads.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#379098">In reply to Waethorn:</a></em></blockquote><p>Alanis Morissette would call your statement "ironic".</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#379224">In reply to SupaPete:</a></em></blockquote><p>I never understood all the excitement over Windows on ARM. Getting the price/performance equal to Intel is going to be a challenge if it happens at all, but I think it would also need to go beyond that and be significantly less expensive for the same level of performance to get non-techies to embrace it. </p><p><br></p><p>Sometimes I think the excitement for WoA among tech folks was just that they were sick of Intel with the same (somewhat) emotional way that they were sick of Microsoft.</p>