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Qualcomm May be Gearing Up to Introduce the Snapdragon 1000 CPU

While there’s already been a great deal of press regarding Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 CPU, it seems that the company has even greater plans for their latest line of semiconductors. Earlier in the month Qualcomm announced that the 850 series microchip was primarily geared toward mobile Windows 10 PCs. It seemed to be an optimized and fine-tuned version of the Snapdragon 845 that would make its way into laptops, larger tablets and more sophisticated portable computers.

Motherboards based on the 850 chipset promised to feature a 30 percent boost in system performance over the older models of Snapdragon 835 chip. While this was certainly exciting to some people who were looking for an alternative to the current crop of available microchips, it seems like releasing the design essentially constitutes a stop-gap maneuver.

Snapdragon 850 processors are essentially mobile phone CPUs that run at a higher clock rate and are properly sunk to deal with the additional heat. A new report claims that Qualcomm is working on a computer chip that’s designed from the ground up to work in larger PCs.

While the chip is currently referred to as the SDM1000 in reports by WinFuture and Slashdot, it’s likely that this name refers to a new Snapdragon 1000 line. It would hypothetically consume somewhere around 12 watts of power, which isn’t bad as far as laptops go considering that preliminary designs refer to it as a system-on-a-chip.

Older Intel Atom N270 processors that are quickly being replaced in aging equipment feature a thermal design power specification of around 2.5 watts, so it’s not at all hard to imagine the SDM1000 being the basis for a new generation of netbook-like devices. Many of these might look something like existing convertible PCs with more processing power onboard.

In fact, some in the industry feel that a new chip from Qualcomm would directly compete with Intel’s lower power Core series of processors. Existing 835 chipsets aren’t nearly powerful enough to grab any portion of this market.

Systems based on the new microprocessor would be able to address up to 16GB of RAM as well as a pair of 128GB storage units.

Understandably, the new chip would much be larger than most existing ARM designs because of the need for more surface area.

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