Qualcomm’s mid-cycle “plus” chip refresh—the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1—has been introduced. As ordinary, Qualcomm is promising some modest enhancements over the present Eight Gen 1 chip. The corporate stated the chip will present “10 p.c quicker CPU efficiency,” because of a 200 MHz peak CPU increase (as much as 3.2 GHz now) and a 10 p.c quicker GPU. The actual shocker is a “30 p.c improved energy effectivity” declare for the CPU and GPU.
For the Snapdragon Eight Gen 1 Plus, Qualcomm is shifting the chip from Samsung Foundry to TSMC, which is seemingly the place the ability enhancements are coming from. That is a critical slam in opposition to Samsung’s four nm course of versus TSMC’s four nm course of, however it strains up with earlier studies of troubles at Samsung Foundry.
Swapping foundries as a part of a mid-cycle improve shouldn’t be regular, and it appears that evidently Qualcomm has a little bit of a salvage operation on its fingers with the Snapdragon Eight Gen 1. The chip has not fared very properly in the true world, with the CPU repeatedly delivering decrease benchmark scores than 2021’s flagship Snapdragon 888.
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