Qualcomm has been slowly building up the hype for its next generation system on a chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 820. It has recently announced the Adreno 530 GPU to take care of the SD820’s graphics needs, the new Hexagon 680 DSP for data processing, and the new Smart Protect feature to help fight against malware. Today, we take a look at the new generation Kryo CPU cores that will run at the heart of the SD820, which will probably launch very, very soon.


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As far as you probably can remember, Qualcomm has been using the custom Krait cores to power the CPUs of its SoCs, even until very recently on the troubled Snapdragon 810. It looks like we’re in for a new generation of cores, manufactured via Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process, and they will be called the Kryo custom CPU cores.

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The main thing about the new Snapdragon 820 will be how it will be better at handling different sorts of process – mainly being effective at giving heterogeneous cores specific tasks, while using power more efficiently. These new Kryo CPU cores will run at a maximum of 2.2Ghz per core, but will effectively be used to handle specific tasks together with the Hexagon 680 DSP and the Adreno 530 GPU. This better alignment of tasks will give you up to 2 times the performance of the older SoCs while being twice better in saving battery power, or so Qualcomm claims.

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Given the huge amount of hype we have received about the SD820, we can expect the announcement and public launch of the new processor very soon. Qualcomm still maintains that it will show up in devices late in Q1 of 2016, but we should get a good look at the new Snapdragon shortly.

SOURCE: Qualcomm