One quick way to try to boost processing power is to cram more cores—or individual computer “brains”—onto a single chip. Sounds great, right? If one brain is good, eight must be better.
But you have to consider how powerful the cores are. As anyone who has sat through a bad meeting knows, trying to solve a tough problem with many tiny brains can be a painfully inefficient process.
Instead of stuffing a bunch of cores onto chips, the focus here is on building the most powerful cores on Earth. And then we determine the optimal number to generate “ludicrous speed.”
Take a look at the graph below, which displays performance from our quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which came out last year from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Next to it are the results from our newest processor—the Snapdragon 800—which also has four CPUs.
The number of cores has stayed the same, but the re-architected Snapdragon 800 delivers a whopping 170% performance increase.