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. It is said that the code name of the Oryon processor is “Hamoa”.
Recently, Twitter user @Za_Raczke revealed that Qualcomm is testing the “Hamoa” chip. Its CPU has 12 cores, including 8 performance cores with a maximum frequency of 3.4GHz and 4 custom-designed energy efficiency cores with a maximum frequency of 2.5GHz. The chip will be divided into three clusters, each with 12MB of L2 cache, a total of 36MB of L2 cache, 8MB of L3 cache, 12MB of system cache, and 4MB of GPU cache, providing 8 PCIe 4.0 channels to connect discrete graphics cards. The new chip supports LPDDR5X memory with a maximum capacity of 64GB but will run at 4200MHz to improve battery life.
It is rumored that the GPU of the 4th generation Snapdragon 8cx draws on the design of Adreno 740, supports DirectX 12, OpenCL/DirectML, and Vulkan 1.3, can realize three display outputs (one 5K + two 4K), and supports DisplayPort 1.4a. At the same time, it is also equipped with an AV1 codec, which supports 4K@120 FPS decoding and 4K@60FPS encoding. The new platform is configured with a powerful Hexagon Tensor NPU, which can provide AI performance of 45 TOPS. In addition, the 4th generation Snapdragon 8cx supports NVMe, UFS 4.0, Wi-Fi 7, and the Snapdragon X65 5G modem, and even supports Thunderbolt 4 to connect to an external discrete graphics card.
Za_Raczke said that “Hamoa” is targeting Apple’s M-series chips, called the 4th generation Snapdragon 8cx (Snapdragon 8cx Gen4). In other words, the official name corresponding to the Oryon processor is the 4th generation Snapdragon 8cx. It is expected that the 4th generation Snapdragon 8cx will be launched in 2024, replacing the existing 3rd generation Snapdragon 8cx.