Qualcomm Snapdragon computing platform promotes next-generation PC revolution

As an important category of personal PCs, notebook computers have been around for more than 30 years. Although the fuselage is becoming thinner and lighter and more powerful, its core structure and functional attributes have not changed much, such as charging and connecting to the Internet. Increasing demand for usage creates contradictions. The three most important demands of today’s consumers for notebooks are: portability, battery life, and networking, and they often need to be considered at the same time. Especially with the vigorous development of mobile Internet, intelligence and 5G technology, always-on connectivity has become a necessary attribute of PCs. In the past year, COVID-19 has caused some changes in the way the entire world operates. Use scenarios such as remote work and online learning have made us realize the importance of PC mobility, especially “Internet access anytime, anywhere.” The importance of “mobile PC”.

There is no doubt that the network has become the basis for building a future intelligent interconnected world, and advanced connection technologies such as 5G communication and Wi-Fi 6 will be the key technologies to promote the transformation of PCs. This leads to the next-generation characteristics of the PC: Always on, Always Connected (Always on, Always Connected). At the same time, the boundary between our life and work is becoming blurred, and increasingly demanding users require laptops to be thin and portable, have long-term battery life, and be able to work anytime and anywhere, so that PCs can truly be used by us and become a building for a better world. Important tool.

The basis for all this is the core computing platform in the mobile PC. This is not only the computer processor (CPU) in our traditional understanding, but also includes core computing, graphics output, digital signal processing, network connections, and AI loads. The full set of solutions included.

For many years, Qualcomm has been committed to the innovation of mobile technology. Most of the mainstream smart phones on the market today have adopted the Snapdragon mobile platform, which must be familiar to everyone. But what everyone may pay less attention to is that Qualcomm has already had a layout for the PC computing platform. At the COMPUTEX four years ago, Qualcomm demonstrated the first Snapdragon computing platform prototype device using the Windows system. In 2018, it launched the first Snapdragon computing platform with a 7nm process specifically for PCs-Snapdragon 8cx, which was launched last year. The Snapdragon 8cx second-generation 5G computing platform can provide better energy efficiency and performance, which can help consumer, small and medium-sized and large enterprises’ PC devices set a new benchmark and bring safe and reliable Internet connections.

Let’s take the Snapdragon 8cx second-generation 5G computing platform as an example to experience the always-connected PC experience empowered by the Snapdragon computing platform.

First of all, the Snapdragon 8cx second-generation 5G computing platform is based on the ARM architecture design with small chip size and low power consumption, which is of great significance to the design of mobile PCs. The greatly reduced area of the motherboard and support for fanless design can make the device more compact, while maintaining low temperature and quiet operation. The high integration of components also makes room for large-capacity batteries. Coupled with Qualcomm Quick Charge fast charging technology, the whole machine is more compact. The battery life performance has achieved a leap.

Secondly, what is the most important thing about a mobile PC? Of course it is connected! And this is precisely Qualcomm’s consistent advantage.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx second-generation 5G computing platform has leading cellular communication capabilities. It is also the second computing platform launched by Qualcomm that supports both millimeter wave and 5G connections in frequency bands below 6GHz, providing end users with extremely fast multi-gigabit connection speeds. And stability. This can help the computer have an Internet experience comparable to that of a smart phone, and have better privacy and security. In addition, in terms of Wi-Fi networks, the Snapdragon 8cx second-generation 5G computing platform also supports Wi-Fi 6. PCs using this platform can not only provide users with the leading connectivity required for office anywhere, anytime, but also ease home network congestion caused by multi-device networking.

In addition, there are AI capabilities. Different from the design of traditional PC processors, the second generation of Snapdragon 8cx 5G is a SoC (System on Chip) with a highly integrated architecture. Not only does the CPU, GPU and DSP provide excellent processing performance, it also integrates a dedicated AI engine. With AI acceleration capabilities beyond traditional desktop platforms, this will bring unlimited imagination to mobile PCs. For example, based on a dedicated AI engine, using Qualcomm Aqstic Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression (ECNS) technology, speech recognition and clear audio experience can be achieved in remote meetings; 4K-level high quality can be achieved through mobile image technology supported by Qualcomm Spectra ISP Video shooting and background blur; even in the future, real-time translation can be used to communicate seamlessly with colleagues and customers across countries and regions. Functions that were once available on smartphones are now added to the mobile PC package!

In a nutshell, Windows laptops built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon computing platform can be always online, always connected, and have multiple days of battery life, allowing users to enjoy an “out-of-the-box” experience like a smartphone. In addition, it is worth mentioning that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c, 8c, 8cx and 8cx second-generation 5G computing platforms can also support the new generation of desktop operating systems that Microsoft has just released-Windows 11.

It is not difficult to see that the advantages of the Qualcomm Snapdragon computing platform in the above aspects perfectly meet the next-generation development requirements of notebook computers. Through the Snapdragon computing platform, the features that were only available in smart phones in the past can be introduced into PCs. Bring better energy efficiency performance and mobility, so as to fully meet the growing consumer demand for mobile scenarios.

Now, notebook computers based on the Snapdragon computing platform can not only support a very good basic application experience, but more and more applications are taking full advantage of the performance and energy efficiency of the Snapdragon computing platform to achieve a series of new functions and experiences. The significance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon computing platform is not a simple SoC. Its characteristics are precisely the capabilities most needed by mobile PCs. It also represents the direction of transformation from traditional notebook computers to mobile PCs. From then on, “Snapdragon inside” will It will become the “little red label” that will attract attention on laptops.