Rumors have surfaced about the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chipset, set to arrive in 2024, featuring custom ‘Phoenix’ cores following Qualcomm’s acquisition of Nuvia. This development marks a departure from ARM’s standard CPU designs, indicating Qualcomm’s move towards more customized solutions.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC will be produced using TSMC’s advanced N3E process, which promises improved yields and reduced production costs. This comes after reports that Apple had secured 90 percent of TSMC’s N3 shipments, making the N3E process a practical choice for Qualcomm.
The leaked CPU configuration suggests that the CPU Gen 4 will adopt a similar approach to Apple’s A-series chips, incorporating two high-performance ‘Phoenix’ cores and six power-efficient ‘Phoenix M’ cores. This setup is expected to deliver impressive single-core and multi-core performance.
With the use of fewer performance cores, Qualcomm’s custom architecture may not rely solely on core count to achieve outstanding performance. Instead, it is expected to be complemented by LPDDR6 RAM, increasing bandwidth while reducing power consumption.
Despite the exciting updates surrounding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, the smartphone partners set to use this chipset have not been officially named. However, it is speculated that companies like Samsung would likely request samples soon to gauge the chipset’s performance, especially considering rumors of the CPU Gen 4 outperforming the Apple M2 in multi-threaded scores.
As with any rumor, it is essential to approach this information with caution. More updates and official announcements are expected in the future.
Source: Digital Chat Station