Really heavy chip! It would be good to have a comparison chart with the Snapdragon, OMAP and ARM. This mentions it has a lot of radios… does this mean it includes all the radios or it supports the interfacing and control of these? I wonder which mobile phones use Snapdragon chip already. And it does mention having a strong graphics processor but it doesn’t mention having a display driver.
I am hearing for the first time that the different cores on a single die runs at different voltage and clock, this will really improve the performance of the power saving in light and heavy load condition.
I tend to believe that Qualcom needs to Over Drive CPU voltage to achieve higher frequency it needs. So it separates CPU to different power island to avoid high leakage outside CPU doesn't require high frequency. So it is more work around, not a feature Per se.
"The cores and their L2 caches can run at separate voltages and clock rates, a feature which can help lower power 25 to 40 percent, Qualcomm claims."
I wonder how it is done. What's the power consumption of the chip and the chip set? One of the highest demand features of mobile device is long lasting with 1 charge. I still miss the phone that I can use for 1+ weeks with 1 charge.
Those involved in the Arm ecosystem need to start providing hardware that will support more robust implementations of OS's. An MMU and other hardware needs to be available to support a uKernal that facilitates separation of critical processes.