Qualcomm announced its new product for the PC market: the Snapdragon X Elite. This chip is a breakthrough in performance, efficiency, and AI capabilities, and aims to challenge the dominance of Intel, AMD, and Apple in the PC industry.
The Snapdragon X Elite uses a 4-nanometer process, which allows for more transistors and less power consumption. It has 12 Oryon cores that can run at speeds of up to 4.3 GHz, single and dual-core boost of up to 4.3GHz, and an Adreno GPU that can handle high-end gaming and graphics, as well as a video processing unit that can edit 4K videos with ease. Qualcomm claims the chip is able to match peak PC performance while using 68% less power compared to its competitors.
The chip supports the latest memory and storage standards, such as LPDDR5x RAM and NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSDs, and has a 5G modem that can deliver blazing-fast internet speeds of up to 10Gbps. It supports Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 for wireless connectivity.
But the most impressive feature of the Snapdragon X Elite is its AI engine, which can run generative AI models on the device. It has a Hexagon neural processing unit that can process up to 45 trillion operations per second and can generate 30 tokens per second using models with up to 13 billion parameters.
Qualcomm claims this feature will enable “transformative experiences for creativity, video conferencing, security, and productivity assistants”.
The chip also has a high-quality audio and camera system, which includes a Qualcomm Aqstic DAC for lossless audio playback and a Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor that can support up to 36 MP dual cameras and 4K HDR video capture.
Qualcomm expects PCs powered by the Snapdragon X Elite to be available from mid-2024.
For more information about the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite, you can read more about it here.