We quite liked when Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 200, Snapdragon 400, Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800. Nice and simple, no?
Well, things are about to get significantly more complicated, with the Snapdragon 801 and imminent Snapdragon 805 set to be joined by the Snapdragon 615, Snapdragon 808, and Snapdragon 810. I’ve already forgotten what they’re called.
The news is relayed by DigiTimes, but before you go redirecting your browser, the hit-and-miss publication credits not “sources from the upstream supply chain”, but Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) 2014, which was recently held in Shenzhen, China.
The trio of Qualcomm chips was in fact announced earlier this year; here we’re interested in dates.
For starters, we’re told the 8-core Snapdragon 615 will go into production soon. It’s notable for being Qualcomm’s first 8-core chip, and will take aim at mid-range smartphones.
Meanwhile, the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 6-core Snapdragon 808, both 64-bit and 4G-friendly, are expected by the end of 2014. Put together with the advanced 20nm process, they'll target the high end.
Inevitably the chips will come with the promise of both faster processing and more efficient power management compared to their predecessors. Y’know, the usual.