February 23, 2014Adam Kerin
There is a wise saying that states “good things come in pairs.” Such is the case today, as Qualcomm Technologies Inc.'s (QTI) mobile processor lineup expands with two additions to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor series: the Snapdragon 615 processor—the world’s first 64-bit eight-core SoC with integrated LTE—and the Snapdragon 610 processor, essentially the same as the Snapdragon 615 processor, but using a quad-core CPU.
We believe everyone, regardless of their budget, deserves to enjoy outstanding mobile user experiences. That is why last year QTI was the first to announce 64-bit computing and the global Qualcomm® RF360 solution for high-volume Android based devices with the Snapdragon 410 processor. Continuing with that trend, the Snapdragon 615 and 610 processors are designed to deliver even more features and benefits for high-end smartphones and tablets.
The big brother of the pair, the Snapdragon 615 processor, is designed for flexibility, providing device manufacturers with a breadth of options that allow them to differentiate their product while creating compelling, innovative designs. Also, each processor will be pin-to-pin and software compatible with the Snapdragon 410 processor, allowing OEMs to easily leverage their existing designs. Finally, the Snapdragon 615 processor delivers what Chinese OEMs are looking for: Integrated 4G LTE, 64-bit computing, a global RF Front End solution, and an eight-core processor.
Both the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors include:
- Global next-generation 4G LTE
- Next-generation Adreno 405 graphics
- Support for cutting-edge mobile graphics features like hardware tessellation and geometry shaders for more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces
- Support for the latest mobile graphics APIs such as OpenGL3.0 and DirectX 11
- HD 2K display support (2560x1600)
- Miracast wireless display
- Native H.265 (HEVC) decode for more power-efficient playback of compressed content
- ARM Cortex A53 CPUs
- Customized design cells and caches to improve performance and power efficiency
- Executing the new ARMv8 instruction set
The Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are sampling now and expected to be available in commercial devices by the end of 2014.
For more details on the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors, and to find out about commercial devices once they’re available, please visit our Snapdragon website. You can also get your questions answered in person if you’re in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress this week. Visit Qualcomm in Hall 3, Stand #3E10.
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