While Intel has never been able to establish itself in the mobile chipset market other than with its modems, Qualcomm intends to compete with the PC brand with an ARM chip dedicated to Windows 10, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000.
Qualcomm, somewhat criticized for the poor results of the integration of its Snapdragon 835 into the first computers of the market powered by the famous mobiles’ chipsets, should get more positive feedback with its future CPU, Snapdragon 1000 which would be specifically designed for computers.
The manufacturer announced in 2017 that it was equipping a series of PCs with the Snapdragon 845 chipset which dominates the high-end smartphones industry.
However, even though this SoC is fabulous on mobile devices, the necessities of a computer are much wider and the chip showed to be limited in this regard.
Especially since some of the SoC power is absorbed by the fact that many applications still have to go through an x86 – ARM emulator.
Qualcomm to develop a PC-dedicated chipset – Snapdragon 1000
Adapting the Snapdragon 845 CPU to yield better performances on PCs architecture has already been ruled out by Qualcomm. Instead, the American company opted for developing a new and more efficient chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 which will be specifically dedicated to the portable computers’ market which became more and more popular.
The upcoming SoC would work better under Windows 10 ARM and would consume only 6.5W, thus, Snapdragon 1000 will be a direct competitor to the platforms offered by Intel.
With this new CPU, Qualcomm is positioning itself against the Intel Y Core i7 series, so the company’s goal would be to offer something more powerful or more affordable, at the same time.
According to some sources, Asus has already signed a partnership with Qualcomm to integrated the upcoming Snapdragon 1000 in the company’s future device, the “Primus” notebook PC which could be launched in early 2019.