Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Snapdragon 670 processor official with AI support

Snapdragon 670 processor official with AI support

On Wednesday, the USA chipmaker revealed the new mobile platform, the latest addition to the mid-range Snapdragon 600 tier.

This latest slice of silicon comes in an octa-core format, with two high-performance cores running up to 2GHz to take care of demanding apps and services, and six "efficiency" cores ramping up to 1.7GHz to look after the more day-to-day tasks.

Phones with this chip will also be able to shoot slow motion footage in better quality while using less battery than they would with the Snapdragon 660.

Qualcomm is touting that the Snapdragon 670 is the first 600-series processor to feature the Spectra 250 image signal processor.

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And not a moment too soon, as the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that now powers all of the most recent Wear OS devices is getting rather old.

Overall it should offer up to 15% higher CPU performance and up to 25% faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 660.

But AI performance sounds like it has been given even more of a boost, with Qualcomm claiming that it's up to 1.8 times better. "This includes a wide range of tools, including the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK and Hexagon Neural Network (NN)".

The chip manufacturer says that the addition of different architectures should give vendors the freedom also to experiment with different mobile sizes from previous generations. No smartphones with the Snapdragon 670 have been announced yet, but we expect to see it on the market before the end of the year.

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