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Butter Smooth: Tech Media Calls Out “Insane Performance Advantage” of S4 SoC


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Commenting on AnandTech’s recent benchmark test of top-tier mobile system-on-chip (SoC) processors, Engadget’s Sharif Sakr notes that Qualcomm’s newest S4 processor  “truly is a next-gen SoC, with the dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960-powered reference handset delivering…between 20% and 240% on CPU benchmarks.”

The S4 earned AnandTech’s highest rating, providing what it describes as “insane performance advantage,” delivering more than twice the performance of any currently shipping SoC.

Now, Qualcomm believes there’s much more to delivering outstanding mobile user experiences than just CPU performance—but even so, CPU performance is key to enabling smooth and responsive devices. And although the average consumer may not care much about MFLOPS (millions of floating-point operations per second) comparisons, they’ll experience the difference in their mobile phones and tablets.

AnandTech believes that the S4 will simply be faster, regardless of application, regardless of usage model. “You're looking at a generational gap in architecture here, not simply a clock bump.”

Citing the “impressive benchmark numbers,” CNET’s Brook Cruthers adds some perspective about the implications for consumers, noting that the S4 renders Android's Ice Cream Sandwich OS “butter smooth.”

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Meet Qualcomm Centriq—the latest member in Qualcomm Technologies’ expanding family of processors

So what’s in a name? A lot, actually. A name can be descriptive, evocative, abstract, or a composite of words. From a business perspective, your product’s name is one of the many things that sets it apart from the competition. But what elevates it in order of importance is that it’s often the first clue for your customers of what the spirit of your product is and what it can do.

Today, we are pleased to announce a new name to the Qualcomm Technologies roster of products: Qualcomm Centriq—a new family of SoC processors from Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies exclusively for the server market. The name was inspired by the all-important data center market which Qualcomm’s ARM V8 Server SoC will serve.

When will Qualcomm Centriq be available? Our first generation of Qualcomm Centriq processors are on track to sample production silicon before the end of this year, as stated by Qualcomm President Derek Aberle in February 2016. We look forward to bringing you more Qualcomm Centriq product details later this year.

In addition to selecting a server processor family name, we’re pleased to announce that Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. has also been formed as a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies to aggressively pursue opportunities in the data center industry which, according to leading industry analyst research firms* as of February 2016, was forecasted SAM of $18B by 2020.

Qualcomm started out on our data center journey several years ago. Following is a snapshot of accomplishments thus far:

  • Announced to the street that Qualcomm is investing in data centers at our November 2014 analyst meeting
  • Began sampling ARMv8 custom 24-core server development platform in late 2015 to target customers and partners
  • Established several ecosystem relationships with hardware and software companies. To this end we announced strategic relationships with Xilinx to enable industry-leading heterogeneous computing solutions and with Mellanox to enable advanced, cost-effective connectivity platforms for data centers 
  • Established a joint venture with the People’s Government of Guizhou province to focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China—a fast growing market which represents a significant growth area for data center solution providers
  • Established Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) consortium—of which Qualcomm Technologies is a founding memberalong with other industry partners (with heterogeneous computing on the rise, having open compute and accelerator standards is important)

Stay tuned for more details about Qualcomm Centriq coming later this year.

*Source: IDC, Jul. ’14, Qct. ’14 and Gartner Jul. ’15 (server shipments); Combination of third party and internal estimates (SAM). Qualcomm Centriq is a product of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc.