Qualcomm would be interested in bringing more energy efficiency and lower consumption to its next high-performance processor. If the goal is achieved, the future Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, responsible for equipping powerful mobiles for next year like the Galaxy S23, Xiaomi 13 and others, should be a great ally for batteries.
Details shared by industry insider points out that “next year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is very promising”. Sources have claimed that the CPU design team is being replaced by the team that designed the Snapdragon 835 to pay more attention to power consumption than performance.
Thanks to the eccentric processing power of the latest high-performance chips, Qualcomm is able to redeploy its engineers to develop techniques that aim to reduce the high power consumption of these processors, a complex job, but not impossible.
More recent leaks point out that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 designed by Qualcomm will be manufactured again by TSMC (a company also responsible for manufacturing Apple chips). The choice came after the disastrous launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 manufactured by Samsung with high power consumption.
For the future chipset, Qualcomm is expected to adopt a unique four-group format (clusters) of cores in 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 configuration, different from the more traditional arrangement of three groups in 1 + 3 + 4 (or even 2 + 2 + 4 in other chips, such as Google’s Tensor).
The processor should also debut the 4 nanometer lithography, another important factor for the improvement in battery life, as the new TSMC process will maintain high performance with lower consumption.
Qualcomm has already confirmed that it will hold its Summit 2022 event between the 15th and 17th of November, and such a presentation will be the stage for the announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform and other processors for PCs and wearables.
Among the largest smartphone manufacturers confirmed to use the 8 Gen 2 in their future smartphones is Samsung, since Qualcomm itself revealed at the end of July that the Galaxy S23 line will only have a Snapdragon version.
Source: ArsenRiver (in Chinese)