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Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm chipset for Windows

The new chip will power Windows-on-ARM laptops.

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Qualcomm is concentrating its efforts on other platforms at the moment. Starting with Windows-on-ARM laptops and two new chipsets for them, one for high-end devices and the other for low-cost devices that nevertheless require 5G connectivity.

The high-end model is the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. We don’t know what CPU cores are employed here because Qualcomm is keeping hardware details under wraps. We do know it’s a 5 nm chipset (a first for Windows devices), although the original 8cx and the Gen 2 were both 7 nm parts.

According to the company, the new chip will have an 85% increase in multi-core performance and a 60% rise in GPU performance over its predecessor. The NPU has also been improved, now offering over 29 TOPS, which is three times more than the prior chip.

Snapdragon 8cx

Qualcomm claims that this can be used in fanless systems because of the low power consumption. The prior chips might be able to do so as well, but in terms of long-term performance, this one should be a clear winner. The manufacturer also claims that the laptop would last for several days on a single charge, but this will certainly vary depending on the model.

Many of the innovations made in smartphone chips, such as improved modems, are tapped into by the 8cx Gen 3. When it comes to 5G, Qualcomm will offer laptop OEMs various options: the X65 modem, which can supply up to 10 Gbps downlink speeds, the older X55, which can deliver up to 7.5 Gbps, and the X62, which can deliver up to 4.4 Gbps downlink speeds. Local connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 and the newest Wi-Fi 6E.

Qualcomm claims that this may be used in fanless designs because of the low power consumption. The prior chips might be able to do so as well, but in terms of long-term performance, this one should be a clear winner. The manufacturer also claims that the laptop would last for several days on a single charge, but this will certainly vary depending on the model.

Many of the innovations made in smartphone chips, such as improved modems, are tapped into by the 8cx Gen 3. When it comes to 5G, Qualcomm will offer laptop OEMs various options: the X65 modem, which can supply up to 10 Gbps downlink speeds, the older X55, which can deliver up to 7.5 Gbps, and the X62, which can deliver up to 4.4 Gbps downlink speeds. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E are two options for local connectivity.

Other options include AI-assisted echo cancellation and noise reduction (this is where that beefy NPU comes into play). Furthermore, the chip enables numerous cameras; for example, it can simultaneously share front and back cameras for an online presentation at a workplace or at school. Working from home or studying while on the go is a big factor for this age.

Snapdragon 8cx

The Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 is aimed at Windows laptops that aren’t too expensive. It’s made on a 6 nm process (the 7c Gen 2 was made on an 8 nm process) and has a 60% faster CPU and 70 % quicker GPU than its predecessor. Qualcomm didn’t directly compare the 8cx and 7c+, of course. The NPU has 6.5 TOPS of AI computation capacity, which is a little increase (up from 5 TOPS).

Wireless connectivity has also received a significant upgrade, with 5G now being supported. It can achieve downlink speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps thanks to its X53 modem. Wi-Fi 6E is also supported, with up to 2.9 Gbps rates.

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm chipset for Windows-on-ARM laptops, whereas the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 is the successor to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2.
Even though the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 only supported 4G, Qualcomm felt it was necessary to provide fast, modern connectivity to even the most basic laptops, so it switched to a 5G modem. Of course, the two new CPUs benefit from Snapdragon audio and security advancements.

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The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm chipset for Windows-on-ARM laptops, whereas the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 is the successor to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. The first Windows 11 laptops featuring Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 processors will be available in the first half of 2022, according to Qualcomm.

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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MediaTek Dimensity 1050 is now official

And it’s a first to MediaTek.

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Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek continues to expand its portfolio as the brand officially announces its latest addition to the Dimensity family — the Dimensity 1050. It is the brand’s first chipset to offer dual mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G connectivity, and it uses TSMC’s 6nm process.

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The MediaTek Dimensity 1050 is basically a toned-down version of the Dimensity 1100. It is an octa-core processor featuring two ARM Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.5Ghz. Unfortunately, there was no mention of which efficiency cores will it use, however, reports claim that they are likely to be six ARM Cortex-A55 cores.

Moving on to the GPU, the Dimensity 1050 uses ARM Mali-G610 for graphics processing. It comes with the HyperEngine 5.0 solution for gaming with support for LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage. It has support for Full HD+ displays with up to 144Hz refresh rates and hardware-accelerated AV1 video decoding. There’s also support for HDR10+ playback and Dolby Vision on board.

The processor offers 3CC carrier aggregation on the sub-6GHz (FR1) spectrum and 4CC carrier aggregation on the mmWave (FR2) spectrum. It has up to 53-percent faster downlink speeds, compared to LTE + mmWave aggregation, and supports Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 MIMO antenna for a seamless Wi-Fi experience.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1050 is expected to arrive in the global market starting Q3 2022.

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Nvidia’s CEO is exploring the Omniverse and Metaverse

This is what Nvidia plans to do now that the ARM deal has fallen through.

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For Nvidia, the last few years have been eventful. Softbank has been ramping up production to help deal with the chip scarcity in between trying again and again, despite the disapproval of numerous governments, to eventually fail to purchase Arm from Softbank. It’s even collaborating on a massive AI research computer with Meta, which Nvidia recently surpassed to become the US’s seventh-largest firm. With recent company changes, Meta may have done some of that to itself.

But what’s next for Nvidia now that the Arm agreement is no longer on the table? It’s all about going forward with the metaverse, the Omniverse, and self-driving cars, according to Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia and one of Time’s most influential people of 2021.

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Nvidia CEO, Jensen Huang

However, new technologies such as Nvidia’s scalable, powerful 3D simulator, Omniverse, are on the horizon. It’s mostly used for mimicking real-world scenarios in a way that can be collaboratively developed and tested before going into full production. As a result, it’s frequently associated with metaverse trials, or at the very least, the ability to create realistic 3D spaces. Aside from Nvidia’s own goals of creating a digital Earth 2 for climate modeling, it appears to be widely used by businesses.

It’s being used to link designers and makers.” They’re simulating logistics warehouses and factories with it. Because we imitate sensors physically and accurately, they’re using them to generate synthetic data. You could use it to simulate data acquired from LiDAR, radars, and, of course, cameras for training AIs,” Huang stated.

When it comes to the metaverse, Huang was less detailed but expressed hope that it would be an open platform based on the Pixar-designed Universal Scene Description, which is also used in the Omniverse concept. Given what we’ve seen thus far about the metaverse, one of the last things that spring to mind is the word “open.” Instead, it appears to be capitalist profiteering and market research, making the expectation of a more open platform one of the more positive options. Hopefully, Nvidia can assist in the creation of one that does not resemble whatever this is.

In the interview, Huang expresses confidence in Nvidia’s future with autonomous vehicles. For the time being, the CEO wasn’t talking about consumer cars, but rather a warehouse robots or short-distance deliveries.

They’re known as AMRs or autonomous moving robots. You could put them inside walled factories and have them transport commodities and inventories. Like Neuro and others, you may be delivering things across the last mile. All of these fantastic companies specialize in last-mile delivery. “As long as you don’t overpromise, all of those applications are extremely doable.”

He went on to emphasize the importance of Nvidia’s automotive segment for the firm’s future, and given that this is a company that makes us think of PCs rather than moving vehicles, it appears to be a major focus for the company going forward.

In an interview with VentureBeat, Huang discusses the techniques Nvidia will employ going forward, despite the failure of the Arm merger. Unsurprisingly, this includes continuing to develop CPUs, GPUs, and DPUs for whichever architecture is appropriate at the time.

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NVIDIA has officially abandoned its plans to acquire ARM

The original $40 billion cash-and-stock transaction is now worth more than $60 billion.

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NVIDIA and Softbank revealed that their intentions to buy ARM, a UK-based company that licenses semiconductor technology used in most smartphones, have been scrapped. The transaction fell through on Monday, a year and a half after NVIDIA said it was buying Softbank’s chip unit for $40 billion in cash and equity. If the purchase had gone through today, it would have been valued at nearly $60 billion based on NVIDIA’s current stock values.

“ARM has a bright future, and we’ll continue to support them as a proud licensee for decades to come. Though we won’t be one company, we will partner closely with ARM. I expect ARM to be the most important CPU architecture of the next decade.”

said NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang.

From the beginning, the intended takeover was faced with criticism. Qualcomm and Microsoft, both ARM clients, protested to the agreement, fearing that NVIDIA would block ARM from licensing its chip designs. Regulators closely analyzed the enormous transaction, which would have been the largest in the chip industry. It was investigated twice by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority for its influence on product costs and quality, as well as its implications for national security.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit in the United States to prevent the deal from going through, citing fears that it would hinder competition for a variety of technologies. According to previous reports, NVIDIA has been planning to walk away from the agreement since early January, after failing to persuade regulators to approve the purchase.

According to The New York Times, NVIDIA has frequently stated that it will maintain ARM’s revenue model, and has even advocated establishing a separate licensing firm for its chip designs. It also stated that it will license any ARM-based IP it produces to any company, regardless of size. In response to the FTC’s action, its lawyers stated, “There is no evidence that a merged NVIDIA and ARM would have either the ability or the incentive to impair competition.”

“ARM is becoming a center of innovation not only in the mobile phone revolution, but also in cloud computing, automotive, the Internet of Things and the metaverse, and has entered its second growth phase. “We will take this opportunity and start preparing to take ARM public, and to make even further progress.”

said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son

According to the sources, ARM owner Softbank will receive a break fee of up to $1.25 billion as a result of the failed transaction. SoftBank acknowledged that it would take ARM public, but provided no other information.

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