Computers based on Arm processors and Windows systems have been produced for years, but the tandem still does not work as efficiently as combining this operating system with the x86 architecture. Despite this, Qualcomm is releasing more and more powerful chipsets for laptops. During the Snapdragon Summit 2022, the developer pushed the idea that the future of the Windows PC is closely linked to Arm solutions combined with additional modules to process AI algorithms.
The x86 architecture relies on two main components for data processing – CPU and GPU. So when you work intensively with artificial intelligence algorithms, both types of accelerators experience significant loads and consume a lot of energy in the process. On the other hand, Snapdragon chipsets use a Hexagon Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to perform AI-related tasks. This frees up the resources of the main processors for other purposes.
At the Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm was supported by its partners Microsoft, Adobe and Citi. Microsoft noted that the SQ3 chipset will be used in the new Surface Pro 9 5G with numerous AI-enabled features, from the ability to blur the background during video calls to the camera’s ability to maintain eye contact to hold no matter what position user is in relation to the lens.
Adobe previously added Snapdragon-powered AI support to Sensei, a machine learning tool that improves the performance of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro. The company says Snapdragon AI engines will help improve even more Creative Cloud applications in 2023. Citi isn’t using it yet, but reportedly plans to transition 70% of its workforce to Qualcomm-based mobile computers like the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s.
Most of today’s Snapdragon chipsets today use CPU cores manufactured under Qualcomm’s Kryo brand. Initially, the company used the architecture of its own design, but later switched to ready-made solutions from the Arm Cortex family. Qualcomm has now announced that it will be introducing the new Oryon CPU family for notebooks in the future.
The new platform will reportedly be the first to emerge from Qualcomm’s acquisition of NUVIA, potentially the foundation for the next generation of computing platform, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. Oryon is also known for using a custom instruction set-based architecture, but not too the finished solutions of the latter. The company promised to launch the product in 2023.