Qualcomm, Inc. Leaps Ahead Of Apple Inc. With Octa-core, 64-Bit Chip

Qualcomm, Inc. Leaps Ahead Of Apple Inc. With Octa-core, 64-Bit Chip
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Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) was caught off guard when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced the 64-bit, dual-core A7 processor with the iPhone 5S. One Qualcomm employee told HubSpot that it hit the chipmaker ‘in the gut’ because the company was fully unprepared for it. Suddenly everyone was talking about a 64-bit chipset in smartphones. Apple’s decision to shift to 64-bit processor seemed interesting because the iPhone 5S actually continues to be a 32-bit platform. The device runs 32-bit code, and it didn’t really need those extra 32 bits. But having a 64-bit processor made Apple look more high-tech.

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Qualcomm’s chip more advanced than A7

But Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is in a much better position now. The San Diego-based company has developed its first 64-bit octa-core processor, which boasts of integrated LTE and 4K video rendering. The Snapdragon 615 is made especially for high-end smartphones and tablets. A Qualcomm spokesperson told PCWorld that the new chipset is expected to be available in the fourth quarter this year. The Snapdragon 615, which is based on 64-bit ARM architecture ARMv8, could easily be the fastest mobile processor with its eight cores. The company also announced a quad-core version of the chip, Snapdragon 610, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Qualcomm plans to ship new chips in Q4

Today, there are only a handful of smartphones and tablets running on octa-core chipset, including Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s Galaxy S4. But they were all based on 32-bit architecture. The new chips will put mobile devices into a new league in terms of speed. Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) said developers will receive the reference designs of devices with new chips in Q4, 2014. Notably, the Snapdragon 615 is a stark reversal of Qualcomm from its past opinions. When Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced the 64-bit A7 with the iPhone 5S, the semiconductor company questioned the benefits of 64-bit processors. Last year, Qualcomm also questioned the benefits of octa-core processors.

The new processors put Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) ahead of the iPhone maker with features like eight cores, hardware-based 4K video rendering and integrated LTE. Now the Steven Mollenkopf-led company has three 64-bit Snapdragon chips. On December 10, Qualcomm had launched its first 64-bit processor Snapdragon 410.

Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) shares fell 0.69% on Tuesday to close at $74.91.

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  1. Aint just cores and chips, its the fw, the hw, the sw and the OS that makes all that. Snapdragon’s new 64bit is great, but its how its integrated tightly with all the parts that will make it outstanding. Not by a long shot any of the Android makers can do that, no uh uh !

  2. its not only the chip that make the handset run fast its also the OS in how it manages everything. A lot of the time when a App is produced for a handset it can run slow because the OS is making the mistakes not because of the App or the chip set itself, it takes the OS to tell the chip how to operate ( hence Operating system)

  3. Umm every bit of OS 7 level code is running 64bit on the iPhone 5S since it’s release. Most apps are still running 32 bit but there are plenty that run at 64 bit, to say the platform is not 64 bit is simply not understanding what you’re talking about.

  4. As others said, this won’t be out until q4…which means it could really be q1 of 2015 with how things that far out go. That means they have nothing and are working hard to try and get something. This chip doesn’t exist yet in a developable form and this is a pathetic pr push to mask that. You need to have something before you start saying it’s better than something else…especially when Apple will have a new chip when this hits.

  5. “the iPhone 5S actually continues to be a 32-bit platform”

    What? iOS 7 is fully 64 bits (kernel, libraries, drivers, native apps).

  6. “Leaps ahead”
    As in it will be supplying these chips in quarter 4 for appraisal by companies, not in shipping units, when Apple will have it’s A8 chip out and in devices. Leaps ahead! Ridiculous!

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