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Qualcomm announces World's first commercial 64-bit Octa-Core chipset with integrated 5 Mode Global LTE

By Bla1ze on 24 Feb 2014 03:04 am EST
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If you're among the folks who salivated over the rumors of a Octa-Core BlackBerry 10 device becoming a reality, here's a little bit more food for thought. Qualcomm Technologies has now announced the World's first commercial 64-bit Octa-Core chipset with integrated 5 Mode Global LTE, the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies' Adreno 405 GPU, bringing an Adreno 400 series GPU from the Snapdragon 800 premium tier to the Snapdragon 600 high-end tier for the first time. The Adreno 405 GPU distinguishes itself by not only enabling superior graphics performance, but also in supporting the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation for more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces. The Adreno 405 also supports Full Profile Open CL for superior GPGPU compute, video and image processing. The display engine supports up to Quad High Definition (2560x1600) displays and offers Miracast support for wireless streaming of multimedia content. Wireless content can be sent with high efficiency through the use of the embedded H.265 hardware decoder and integrated Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 solutions.

That's in no way confirmation these chips will make it into a BlackBerry but hey, at least they're out there. Qualcomm notes the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are anticipated to begin sampling, meaning they go out to OEM's for testing, in the third quarter of 2014 and the first commercial devices are expected in the fourth quarter of 2014. If you're looking for the full details, you can jump below and read through the full press release.

Press Release

Qualcomm Technologies Announces World's First Commercial 64-bit Octa-Core Chipset with Integrated 5 Mode Global LTE

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Chipsets Redefine Snapdragon 600 Tier with Next-Generation Graphics Technology and H.265

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has added the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 610 and 615 chipsets to the Snapdragon 600 tier for high-end mobile computing devices. Both new chipsets integrate Qualcomm Technologies' 3rd Generation LTE modem, supporting Category 4 data rates for new requirements such as LTE-Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). The Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets are designed to work with Qualcomm Technologies' RF360 Front End solution, enabling OEMs to ship a single 5-mode global LTE SKU across all major bands and modes worldwide – a requirement for this highly competitive handset tier. In addition to LTE support, both chipsets also integrate critical 3G technologies, including HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), CDMA, and TD-SCDMA.

The Snapdragon 615 chipset is the mobile industry's first commercially announced octa-core solution with integrated LTE and 64-bit capabilities, while the Snapdragon 610 chipset supports LTE and 64-bit capabilities using quad-core processing. With the launch of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets, and recently announced Snapdragon 410 chipset, the Qualcomm Technologies portfolio contains a compelling lineup of 4G LTE solutions with 64-bit capabilities. The Snapdragon 615, 610 and 410 chipsets also support ARMv8, the latest instruction set for ARM compatible devices. The ARMv8 architecture offers the most power-efficient implementation while maintaining compatibility with existing 32-bit software. Together, the Snapdragon 615, 610, and 410 chipsets are designed to minimize OEM development costs while accelerating ramp time and adoption. All three chipsets are pin compatible, including support of the same Qualcomm power management, audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RF, and RF360 solutions to enable scalable, yet consistent hardware designs. Scalability also extends to software, with identical software used across each of three chipsets, including 64-bit ARMv8 CPU support. Additionally, each chipset integrates an identical LTE modem, utilizing the same core technology that has already shipped in hundreds of millions of prior chipsets used in handsets and certified by operatorsacross the globe.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies' Adreno™ 405 GPU, bringing an Adreno 400 series GPU from the Snapdragon 800 premium tier to the Snapdragon 600 high-end tier for the first time. The Adreno 405 GPU distinguishes itself by not only enabling superior graphics performance, but also in supporting the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation for more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces. The Adreno 405 also supports Full Profile Open CL for superior GPGPU compute, video and image processing. The display engine supports up to Quad High Definition (2560x1600) displays and offers Miracast support for wireless streaming of multimedia content. Wireless content can be sent with high efficiency through the use of the embedded H.265 hardware decoder and integrated Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 solutions.

"Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multicore processing, and superior multimedia," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement for this tier, and we are meeting our customers' needs with both octa- and quad-core configurations, as well as bringing our superior Adreno 405 graphics and powerful suite of connectivity technologies to the Snapdragon 600 family of chipsets."

Qualcomm Technologies anticipates releasing a Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) version of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors, expanding the broad QRD portfolio of Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors to support a new family of devices. The QRD program offers Qualcomm Technologies' leading technical innovations, differentiated hardware and software, easy customization options that enable customers to save engineering costs and development time, access to an ecosystem of hardware and software providers, and testing and acceptance readiness for regional and leading operator requirements. This allows for OEMs to rapidly deliver differentiated, high-end smartphones to value-conscious consumers. The QRD versions of Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are anticipated to begin sampling in the third quarter of 2014 and the first commercial devices are expected in the fourth quarter of 2014. For more information about these new products as well as the newest devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, please visit Qualcomm during MWC 2014 (Exhibit Hall 3, Exhibit # E310), Feb, 24 -27 in Barcelona, or visit www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon.

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including Qualcomm Technologies' ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 processors on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which the Snapdragon platform is adopted, the timely release of the Qualcomm Reference Design version of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors, the extent and speed by which 4G LTE is adopted and rolled-out in various regions, the extent of the demand for 64-bit processing capabilities, the anticipated launch date of the first commercial devices incorporating the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors, change in economic conditions of the various markets Qualcomm Technologies serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm Incorporated's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2013, and most recent Form 10-Q. Qualcomm Incorporated undertakes no obligation to update, or continue to provide information with respect to, any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise."

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm's engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

70 comments

dion2323

Exciting

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Supa_Fly1

Yeah for Qualcomm & it's top tier vendor partners and clients alike. But fit BlackBerry means nothing yet.

BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

mnc76

It might mean something now that Chen is running things.

If it was still the BlackBerry 'old guard' then we would be guaranteed NOT to see this hardware in a BlackBerry device until it was at LEAST 6 -12 months out of date.

Just ONCE in BlackBerry's entire history it would be nice to see cutting edge hardware on a flagship device. They have never (not even once) done this to date.

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jojo beaconsfield

@mnc76..I hope they change,and if they do I'll get a new super phone probably for Christmas

yidam

I see that revolutionary technology coming to iPhone 7s in 2017.

Gilang Gil

Wooooow

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Jerale Hoard

Awesome

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2Peks1Bird

can't wait to upgrade my z10 to a new BB10 octacore device.

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sjsavva

+10

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jon4400

Wow, such speed, very fast, much cores, so smooth, Wooow.

Prem WatsApp

Hope the batteries cope with that. And cores can shut themselves down if not in use.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

PeterDR1

And how the hell is the cooling system gonna work?

 We have apks cuz we need 'em not cuz we want 'em 

imcurved

Easy a cooler and a pack of ice...

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jon4400

Hum, I'm pretty sure after all those years, the engineers at Qualcomm know what they're doing.

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Koepman

Put it into the Z10 2G

Since 2010 

Carmels

Or a Z10"S".......Bahahahah! NOT!

I'd like a Z10 G2! :)

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BlackberryFan777

I've got to wonder what the details were of the Mike L. / Cerebus / Qualcomm deal that the board rejected in favor of Watsa/Chen. I would've loved to see Qualcomm as an owner providing BlackBerry devices with a competitive hardware-price advantage. BlackBerry 10 on hardware that makes Android folks jealous! :)

SlcCorrado

Hallelujah. For real. This. Is. Awesome.

Bla1ze

As long as it makes it into a BlackBerry, lol.

DatBoyHam

Now if the rumors pan out to be true for a September release for BlackBerry that would just be the game changer needed

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gokulesh

If you want a September release you won't get an octa core. Qualcom releases the new cpu in 3rd quarter. That does not mean they ship on July 1st. It means anywhere between July 1st and September 30th.

Assuming Aug 15th I would say new BlackBerry releases some time late November or early December - in time for Christmas holidays.

Unless of course BlackBerry has a special deal.

G

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Neromanceres

According to the article the processor won't be available to sample until the Fall. That means with testing and integration a new phone using this processor will likely be Fall of 2015 to even the faster companies using this hardware.

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-stig-

They could be meaning the fiscal quarter of 2014 for Qualcomm and not calendar 2014.

Third Quarter: April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014 (sampling)
Fourth Quarter: July 1, 2014 – September 29, 2014 (installed)

So if BlackBerry is seeing a September release of a new BB10 Phone, the timeline would fall in line with Qualcomm's release dates.

bombastic

Would like to see this in a new BB10 phone/phablet. Hopefully in the near near future.

mercury assuzu

Omg, that's awesome but my only fear is that what's it's power consumption rate,coz 1 thing that comes to my mind is that it that our battery power consumption may slightly be higher

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mercury assuzu

But definitely with all the speed need what would be the power consumption rate, just my 2 cents :D

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ChrisHewer1

Strap a couple of Z30 battery's to it and we're good to go.

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DonMarcello

QNX and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Solutions are already collaborating on automotive infotainment systems, who knows what BlackBerry and Qualcomm have in store for mobile devices.

Mr.V786

Can't see this happening as much as I'd want it to happen. Not if the new handsets are going to be released in 2014. BlackBerry just doesn't move that quick lol.

There's still hope though :)

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NYTOC83

I'm wondering, the supposed "Black Forest" that was to be 10 inches, if this idea/concept PC Tablet is still in the works, how incredible would BlackBerry be to have such a technology running it? The last thing I'm sure any BlackBerry owner would want is a Phablet that is somewhere between 6-10 inches. The Z10 was simply perfect, fitting right into the hands; the Z30 even though a little larger still manage to fit perfectly well into the hands. I wonder now, should this Octa-Core 64-bit system get into a new line of BlackBerry mobile devices, how much more better would it be than the next Gen of Samsung or iPhone models? I'm sure it would be incredible, but what sort of model would BlackBerry use to punctuate this device as the cutting and leading edge over past, present and future devices for its company and users and as well as other clients who may not be convinced BlackBerry is the future of their generation and not iCandy or something else?

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Please clean up after yourself, if you're drooling too much. ;-)

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Prem WatsApp

Me want. NOW.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Turnda643

Well let me throw my two penny's in the think tank.

I think looking from a cost standpoint, the 610 quad-core chip would be more than sufficient running BB10. It's got the 64 bits still, so no loss there. It just won't have the extra 4 cores to power. Which I think will be beneficial in supplying us with the Q10 and Z30 type power supply we're accustomed to. And need!

IMO, the real kicker to change market attitude and boost sales will be if this device comes equipped with a full HD 1080p screen and increased internal storage to 32gb. Or, make it so that the consumer can save apps to the Micro SD card. Either way, more internal storage for apps is definitely needed.

Now I'm not a huge techie here. So you tell me! AM I off my rocker or does this make sense?

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Prem WatsApp

Totally makes sense. People will crave the 8 cores though, just for the heck of it.

I had some occasional lag with some apps on current BB10 phones. So for higher display resolution quadcore CPU / GPU and MOAR RAM will definitely be required for a smooth experience.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

annon91221

I don't care if bb10 uses only half the core... I want my BlackBerry with 8 cores and I want it now..
And yeah I want it to do my laundry!!! And yeah I am serious!!! And yeah I will pay a thousand bucks or more for it...
So make one for me.. God da@? it....

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jimbowman111

Is that better than the Coleco CB40?

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AnotherBillJ

Just slightly.

(Wow, what a fun toy that was.)

Cheers. :)

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rickster2611

I think Qualcomm has woken up to the idea that alot of the competition have not made the best use of its chips.

This is partly due to lack of efficency of the operating systems.

BB10 is the newest and the most efficient OS around.

The OS is QNX based so the news about collaboration with Qualcomm makes sense.

BlackBerry devices next? No more false dawns, I'll believe it when I see it.

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rustlecrowe

Now put in strong graphics as well and sell it as mobile Bit-/Lite-/anythingcoin mining device ^^

Kobe Barksdale

Unfortunately Samsung will be first with an Octa-core with their SG S5 :(
BlackBerry needs a FIRST soon!

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jojo beaconsfield

@Kobe...they may not be able to produce enough for Samsung and that's where BB comes in.A few months later and everyone will have them.

DaSchwantz

It would be awesome if BlackBerry had the first of one of the first devices out on the streets with this chip. Would help kill the idea that BlackBerry is 'old' tech and would gain geek mindshare.

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sickyute

Aren't they a BlackBerry partner?

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BBnose1

Sweet! This chip set supposed to be the new BlackBerry phones are going to use.

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Nick Spagnolo

Would look good in the next gen Z30

Z10

jiminica

Yeah!!! Just make one with a KB for me.

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Jerky223

Which LTE bands and what CSFB will it have?

nt300

Can't wait to see new BlackBerry 10 devices rocking this chip.

PavelSh

Awesome... and sometimes unbelivible

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hf199

This would be great

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wincyUt

Fabulous times ahead. :)

Steven Bolen

Maybe the new set of new phones or updated Z30 will have the oct-cores in 2015.

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Haxorleet

Soon we will play Call of Duty and Battlefield on our smartphones.

dreamgreed

Won't happen with the terrible controls. Smartphones need it's own type of games instead of competing with console and pcs

SamirSaxena

If it indeed comes on BlackBerry 10 device and indeed comes out by fourth quarter of 2014, I'll hold on to my horses for upgrading to Z30 from Z10 and wait for this supposedly Z50. Hope it comes.

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dreamgreed

If we are niche like porsche customers, give us a high end phone like this asap! Without killing our batteries! 5000 amp battery anyone? Haha

Captain_Hilts

If BlackBerry is smart, they'll jump all over this if they haven't already.

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smoothrunnings

Would be nice to see BBRY stop messing around and release a new device with this new chip inside it. Heck I would love to see a come back to the Playbook and this new chip would be a great seller. :)

littlebite76

That's rely fast. But I have a? Douse os 10 support a 64 bit chip yet. I thout it's was.32 bit ? I think just going 64bit wood be a big jump all by itself with the benefits of 64 bit. But if that chip douse make it on a blackberry os10 phone os 10 wood smoke with the speed! Let says 10 second startup instead of a 1 min or 2 on a z10. Just the speed alone I think may help with battery life couse you won't have to sit and wait to get things dun .but that's my thinking on this?

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Smitty13

Please...for the love of God, BlackBerry...put this in a super high end phone and I will be one of the first consumers to snap this up!

I am not in this for any sort of spec race, but rather, future proofing my phone as much as possible. Yes, give me all of those seemingly unnecessary bells and whistles. Yes, give me those features most people think a minority of users use. I want it all. If BlackBerry shows me they were striving to put the absolute best into a really high end phone, I would be the first to reward them with my hard earned money.

taczhang

To be honest I'm not quite excited for this. As a Z10 user the only improvement I'm seeking for is the battery life... I'm still missing the great battery life of my 9700.... and I barely play games on my phone cause unless I play games with my phone attach to a charger, it will die soon! what could a phone do if it's battery is dead. :(

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BB10orEffOff

Now that we would have an eta if blackberry were to use this chipset, would be anywhere from xmas '14 - April '15 release. So I now know that I should upgrade my Z10 to the Z30. Would give me a year at least.

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dot.localhost

64-bit octacore... just darn sexy!

bigsuededog77

http://crackberry.com/qualcomm-announces-worlds-first-commercial-64-bit-... BlackBerry should really put this in there smartphone before other smartphone does it

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techno71

Sweet... will it be on the rumored Z50?... can't wait!

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