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Qualcomm pushes 10nm power to Snapdragon 670

09 August 2018

As expected from any new silicon release, Qualcomm is promising performance improvements across the board. Qualcomm's latest announcement introduces a successor, the predictably named Snapdragon 670.

The chipset has eight cores, two of which are performance cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz, while the other six are efficiency cores, clocked at up to 1.7GHz.

The Snapdragon 710 mobile platform, launched in May for high-tier smartphone designs, has already made a push towards artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networking.

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Phones with this chip will also be able to shoot slow motion footage in better quality while using less battery than they would with the Snapdragon 660.

And not a moment too soon, as the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that now powers all of the most recent Wear OS devices is getting rather old.

According to the firm, the particular focus of the processors is to target AI-driven applications such as smart camera focus and settings. The Spectra 250 ISP allows for more advanced camera features, and Ultra HD video recording using 30% less power is now supported.

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"Our AI Engine offers an extensive array of frameworks giving developers a variety of choices to create better apps and immersive multimedia", Qualcomm added.

Expect devices with the Snapdragon 670 to head to market within 2018.

Qualcomm says that it is building this chip because of demand by manufacturers, which means there's also demand for such handset price points by consumers.

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Qualcomm pushes 10nm power to Snapdragon 670