Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm SoC With Dedicated AI Processing Unit Could Launch As SM8150

    The successor of Snapdragon 845; Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 surfaced earlier this year. Well, in a recent report, TSMC will be making the 7nm (FinFET) chips and the production will start by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

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    Qualcomm has confirmed that it’s upcoming Snapdragon 855 will be based on the 7nm (nanometer) process which will be paired with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, a 5G-capable mobile platform for premium tier smartphones. The US-based chipmaker is yet to confirm the name of the processor.


    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm SoC

    According to a new report, the chipset maker might change and go for a new naming scheme – codenamed “Hana” internally called SDM855 will reportedly launch as SM8150. The change in name is presumably to make it easier to distinguish SoCs for smartphone and the one used in laptops.

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

    The company is also said to rename its ARM-based laptop processor previously developed as the SDM1000 codenamed “Poipu” to SCX8180. The SM7150 and SM7250 names have also surfaced, which could be the Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710, the company’s latest midrange 10nm SoCs.

    Qualcomm’s current high-end and few mid-range SoCs already have AI features, but doesn’t use a dedicated computing unit for AI tasks. Well, the latest chipset is expected to feature a dedicated AI processing unit, similar to Huawei’s Kirin 970 that was introduced last year with dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

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    Qualcomm is also working on a version of SM8150 that will be used in Automotive devices for cars, codenamed “SM855AU” earlier. We will know more in the coming days.


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