Qualcomm announces new chip in a bid to compete with Apple and Intel

Qualcomm has announced its newest chip, called Snapdragon X Plus, which will power the next generation of Windows PCs. The first batch of PCs with the new X series chips is expected to be officially announced this May.

For quite some time now, Qualcomm has been generating anticipation for its newest line of CPUs, teasing benchmarks where the newest CPU outperforms those of its main competitors.

Last year, the company announced the Snapdragon X Elite platform, and on Wednesday, it introduced a less powerful version of the X Series family called the Snapdragon X Plus.

The Snapdragon X Plus features a 10-core Qualcomm Oryon custom-integrated processor, which delivers up to 37% faster CPU performance compared to competitors while consuming up to 54% less power, according to the company.

The chip has a neural processing unit (NPU) which can achieve 45 Trillion operations per second.

NPUs are designed to boost AI tasks by enabling on-device computations instead of sending them to be processed on the cloud. The performance of NPUs is measured in TOPS – Trillion Operations Per Second. Currently, the fastest NPUs from Intel and AMD have up to a few dozen TOPS. However, TOPS alone does not guarantee optimal performance – there are various factors that define the NPU’s capabilities.

According to Qualcomm, the X Plus supports LPDDR5x memory at a maximum transfer rate of 8448 MT/s, with 135GB/s bandwidth. It can achieve 3.4 GHZ multithread frequency, has 42 MB of cache and is set to feature Qualcoom’s Adreno GPU with up to 3.8 TFLOPS.

In comparison, the more powerful version, the Snapdragon X Elite, will have 12 cores. There will be three different versions with up to 3.8 GHz multithread frequency and Adreno GPU that can achieve up to 4.6 GHz TFLOPS.

The company claims that more Windows PCs should be released by the middle of the year, starting in May. The first PCs featuring Qualcomm’s Elite family are rumored to be Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 6 and Surface Pro 10 laptops.

Qualcomm has shown in benchmarks that its newest processors outperform Apple’s M2 and the latest Intel Core Ultra 7. However, there are accusations that the company may not be accurately disclosing its performance.

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