Details about the much-rumored Snapdragon 8180 SoC have leaked out on the internet. According to previous reports, Qualcomm is developing this SoC for the next generation of Windows 10-powered ARM notebooks. It is likely that the company is focusing on improving the performance of the notebooks that will be powered by Snapdragon 8180. The leaked information indicated that the SoC will sport an octa-core CPU with a 7nm FinFET chip. The information indicates that Qualcomm is expected to add active cooling with Snapdragon 8180 as it is expected to have 15-watt TDP (Thermal Design Power).
For the people who are unaware of TDP, it works as a function of how powerful the device is. It means that higher the TDP, more powerful the device. 15-watt TDP means that Qualcomm is taking the competition to the recently launched Intel U-series lineup in the notebook segment. According to a detailed report by WCCFTech, Intel went from dual-core CPUs to quad-core CPUs with the U-series for more powerful notebooks. To clarify, Snapdragon 8180 is also known as SDM1000 or Snapdragon 1000, something that has cropped up in news on a number of occasions.
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Talking about the details of the SoC, it will be powered up to 3.0GHz. All eight cores are not meant to run at this clock speed and instead, only the four Kryo Gold cores will be able to achieve this speed. The rest four Kryo Silver cores will be clocked at up to 1.8GHz, likely for less CPU intensive tasks to keep up the power-efficiency of the system. The report noted that the final product is expected to reach”much higher clock rates” because of the addition of the active cooling system.
The report also added that the SoC will come with support for LPDDR4X RAM that is clocked at 2133MHz. It is higher than the 1866MHz clock speed for the Snapdragon 845 and 850. The SoC is also expected to come in a new design because of the large format.
Snapdragon 8180 is also expected to be based on ARM Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A76 architecture which is the same architecture for the rumored Snapdragon 8150 or the Snapdragon 855. Snapdragon 8180 will come with Adreno 680 GPU which will pack 8.5 billion transistors and it is also likely to sport a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) with the name NPU-130. The SoC is likely to be showcased in December with the first netbook launched next year.