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Qualcomm aims to take on Nvidia, Intel with new AI chips

Qualcomm AI Day: Snapdragon 665, 730, 730G mobile platforms announced with focus on camera, AI and gaming Three new Snapdragon chips unveiled today includes one optimized for gaming phones
Katie Ramirez | 11 April, 2019, 14:41

Since Qualcomm says that the first commercial devices based on the three aforementioned chips should be available in mid-2019, it would not be surprising to see the first unofficial benchmarks of these chips showing up in the coming weeks.

But what Qualcomm says ties all of the new chips together is improved AI computing power, which the company claims should allow for two times or faster on-device AI processing, better AI voice recognition that should help digital helpers like Alexa or the Google Assistant better understand and respond to your questions.

Qualcomm held an AI Day conference in San Francisco yesterday.

The Snapdragon 730G takes the lead with a CPU score of 86915 points.

Qualcomm has announced that it will release three new CPUs for mid-range smartphones. Each iteration of Snapdragon drives enormous innovation that will surpass customer expectations.

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Let us have a look at detailed specifications of the Snapdragon 665, Snapdragon 730, and the Snapdragon 730G. The Adreno 618 GPU supports Vulkan 1.1 and is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor. All these processors aim to bring faster processors at a much lower price tag. There's support for wide-angle, ultra-wide angle, and telephoto camera sensors. It's also the first 700 series chip to include a Computer Vision ISP, bringing support for 4K HDR video capture as well as greater power efficiency.

Moving on to the Snapdragon 730, it is built on 8nm process, which is an upgrade over Snapdragon 710 that was made on 10nm process. In the new processors Qualcomm has upgraded the two CPU "big" cores from Kryo 360 (based on Arm Cortex-A75) to Kryo 470 (Cortex-A76), and max clock speeds remain the same at 2.2GHz. The Snapdragon 665 employs the Spectra 165 ISP, which supports up to a 48 MP single main camera, or 16 MP dual snappers, or even triple setups (whereas the 660 topped out at 24 MP single).

Talking about the Snapdragon 730 mobile platform, it's a step above the existing SD712 chipset and brings numerous advancements in tow. The Snapdragon X12 modem included on the 665 chipset can support download speeds up to 600 Mbps. You get the same CPU, GPU and connectivity options. It's the same chip as the regular 730, with a few tweaks to improve gaming experiences, including support for 1440p displays (the 730 tops out at 1080p), 15 per cent faster graphics, anti-cheating extensions and a new "Jank Reducer" feature, that claims to limit stuttering by up to 90 per cent in a 30fps game.

The chipset supports "true HDR gaming", and was designed in collaboration with popular mobile game studios to ensure that it is optimised for the most popular mobile games. The new chipsets come along with AI enhancements that were initially introduced with the higher-end Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Adreno 610 GPU can drive up to Full HD+ resolution screens and supports DisplayPort as well as USB Type-C video output.

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