Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon X Elite CPUs for PCs, Competes with Apple’s M Series Chips


Qualcomm recently released the Snapdragon X Elite, its latest computing processor for PCs. This powerful processor is equipped with the all-new Oryon CPU and boasts advanced on-device AI capabilities. It is highly efficient and offers extended battery life, making it ideal for power-intensive tasks and providing an enhanced user experience on the go.

According to Kedar Kondap, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Compute & Gaming at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the Snapdragon X Elite with the custom Qualcomm Oryon CPU delivers exceptional performance and power efficiency, taking creativity and productivity to the next level.

The Snapdragon X Elite processor features a 4nm System-on-a-Chip architecture and 12-core Qualcomm Oryon CPUs. With all cores clocked at 3.8GHz and a dual-core boost of up to 4.3GHz, it offers twice the CPU performance of a 10-core laptop CPU while consuming significantly less power. Additionally, it includes the Adreno GPU for graphics processing.

The Snapdragon X Elite integrates Qualcomm’s AI technologies, such as the Qualcomm AI Engine with the integrated Qualcomm Hexagon NPU. This enables the processor to run generative AI LLM models with over 12 billion parameters on-device. It also incorporates a micro NPU within the Qualcomm Sensing Hub for enhanced security and privacy, including the ability to wake up devices from sleep mode.

The processor provides intelligent security features, including the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit running Microsoft Pluton TPM, total memory encryption, and Microsoft Secured-core PC support, ensuring the safety and protection of PCs from chip to cloud.

In terms of connectivity, the Snapdragon X Elite features a built-in 5G modem and supports Wi-Fi 7 with HBS multi-link, enabling seamless and smooth connectivity. With Snapdragon Seamless, users can easily switch between their favorite devices for a dynamic and uninterrupted experience.

Here are the detailed specifications of the Snapdragon X Elite:

– Qualcomm Elite X CPU
– 64-bit Architecture
– 12 cores, up to 3.8 GHz
– Single and Dual-Core Boost, up to 4.3 GHz
– Qualcomm Adreno GPU
– Up to 4.6 TFLOPs
– API Support: DX12
– Qualcomm Hexagon NPU
– TOPs: 45 TOPs
– Micro NPU: Dual Micro NPU on the Qualcomm Sensing Hub
– Memory Type: LPDDR5x
– Transfer rate: 8533 MT/s
– Capacity: Up to 64 GB
– Bandwidth: 136 GB/s
– Bit Width: 16-bit
– Number of Channels: 8
– Storage: SDSD v3.0, SSD/NVMe Interface, UFS 4.0
– Process Node: 4nm
– Display Processing Unit (DPU): Qualcomm Adreno DPU
– Max. On-Device Display Resolution: eDP v1.4b, up to UHD120 HDR10
– Max. External Display Resolution: DP v1.4 – 3 displays, up to UHD60 HDR10, 2 displays 5K60
– Video Processing Unit (VPU): Qualcomm Adreno VPU
– Encode: 4K60 10-bit encode – H.264, HEVC (H.265), AV1
– Decode: 4K120 10-bit decode – H.264, HEVC (H.265), VP9, AV1
– Concurrency: 4K60 decode – H.264, HEVC (H.265), VP9, AV1 / 2x 4K30 encode – H.264, HEVC (H.265), AV1
– Image Signal Processor (ISP): Qualcomm Spectra ISP
– Dual Camera: 2x 36 MP
– Single Camera: Up to 64 MP
– Video Capture: 4K HDR
– Audio Technology: Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, Qualcomm aptX Audio
– Cellular Modem-RF: Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System
– Peak Download Speed: 10 Gbps
– Peak Upload Speed: 3.5 Gbps
– Cellular Modem-RF Specs: 1,000 MHz bandwidth (mmWave), 300 MHz bandwidth (sub-6 GHz)
– Performance Enhancement Technologies: Qualcomm Smart Transmit technology, Qualcomm Wideband Envelope Tracking, Qualcomm AI-Enhanced Signal Boost adaptive antenna tuning, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave
– Cellular Technology: 5G NR, mmWave, sub-6 GHz, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), LTE, CBRS, HSPA, WCDMA
– Wi-Fi/Bluetooth System: Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 System
– Generations: Wi-Fi 7, Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6
– Standards: 802.11be, 802.11ax, 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
– Spectral Bands: 6 GHz, 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
– Spatial Streams: Up to 4
– Peak QAM: 4K QAM
– Features: Passpoint, 8×8 Sounding, TDLS, Wi-Fi QoS Management, Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity, Wi-Fi Location, OFDMA (UL/DL), Miracast, Target Wake Time, Voice-Enterprise, MU-MIMO (UL/DL), Multi-Link Operation (MLO), High-band Simultaneous (HBS)
– Bluetooth Specification Version: Bluetooth 5.4
– Bluetooth Connection Technology: Bluetooth LE
– USB Specification Version: USB 4.0
– Interface Type: 3x USB-C, 3x USB4, 2x USB3.2 Gen2, 1x eUSB2!

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