June 26, 2022


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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ proves how inefficient the Samsung fabrication course of is. Larger clocks however 30% extra environment friendly utilizing TSMC

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Yesterday, Qualcomm introduced the brand new flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ and the premium Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the primary none-flagship chipset to implement the brand new Armv9 structure we noticed on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Whereas we don’t get the X1 or X2 cores, Qualcomm has carried out the extra power-efficient Cortex-A710 throughout 4 cores.

As for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+, I’d usually write a vital put up highlighting fractional enhancements achieved by way of minor frequency will increase.

Nevertheless, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ is way more fascinating.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ efficiency enchancment vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Sure, it does have these frequency enhancements, however this yr these variations are extra important:

  • The X2 core will get a 0.2Ghz improve which is a 6.66% greater.
  • The center three A710 cores get a 0.3Ghz enchancment making the clock 12% greater
  • Even the A510 cores get a lift with 0.2Ghz  an enchancment of 11.11%
  • To prime it off, the Andreno GPU can be clocked 10% greater.

With roughly 10% enhancements throughout the board, it’s best to simply get a ten% efficiency in total efficiency.

Final yr, the SD888+ had a minuscule enchancment with only a 5.46% enchancment on the X1 core, going from 2.84Ghz to 2.995Ghz. It additionally had improved AI efficiency.

30% elevated effectivity on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+

The ten% frequency bump isn’t even essentially the most spectacular bit. Qualcomm is claiming a 30% enchancment in effectivity.

How is such an enchancment doable when final yr Qualcomm may solely obtain a tiny enchancment in efficiency and no enchancment in effectivity?

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Easy, actually, they switched from the 4nm Samsung fabrication course of to the 4nm TSMC course of. Although, I think about the precise means of doing this wasn’t so easy.

It most likely comes as no shock, actually. Everybody knew how poor Samsung is in comparison with TSMC. I’m positive Qualcomm has began to really feel very nervous about Mediatek having a flagship chipset with a comparable specification however utilizing TSMC.

I’d think about the elevated strain from Mediatek was an necessary think about Qualcomm making such a radical change to an current chipset.

It actually appears fairly embarrassing for Samsung that Qualcomm has made such an enormous change mid-cycle and seen such a big enchancment in effectivity.  


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ had been, and nonetheless are, unimaginable chipsets. However additionally they felt like a step again for Qualcomm after the very good Snapdragon 865 as a result of decreased battery life on telephones utilizing these chipsets.

Clearly, it’s too early to inform precisely how a lot of an enchancment we’ll see with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+, however I hope Qualcomm are again on kind and we see some wonderful telephones within the second half of this yr.