Qualcomm held the Snapdragon Technology Summit from November 15th to November 17th and announced a new Oryon
processor, which uses a custom core of NUVIA technology and is compatible with the Arm instruction set. During the period, Qualcomm did not disclose too many details, such as which process is used for manufacturing.
According to Winfuture
, it can be determined that Qualcomm’s first chip based on NUVIA technology is code-named “Hamoa”. Its CPU has 12 cores, estimated to be 8 performance cores and 4 custom-designed energy efficiency cores. Qualcomm is currently testing two models, the SC8380X and SC8380XP. From the model point of view, the future seems to replace the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 with the model number SC8280.
It is understood that Qualcomm’s test platform also has a Snapdragon X65 5G modem, and apparently Qualcomm still hopes that the high-end SoC can integrate a 5G modem. In addition, the Oryon processor also supports LPDDR5X memory and UFS 4.0 storage, bringing further advantages to performance with higher data transfer rates.
It was previously reported that the Qualcomm Oryon processor has a very similar design to Apple’s M1 chip in terms of cache, along with a dedicated GPU. Laptops equipped with this chip can connect to an external discrete graphics card through the Thunderbolt port, which is not possible with the current Macbook series products equipped with M-series chips.
It is expected that Qualcomm’s partners will launch the first batch of consumer notebooks with new chips in 2024, which is expected to have a certain impact on the Windows On Arm ecosystem. Although it is rumored that the preliminary performance test results of Qualcomm’s new chip are relatively satisfactory, judging from the timetable, when it is actually put into the market, it may have to compete with Apple’s M3 or even M4 chip.