Upcoming Qualcomm Hamoa Chipsets Exposure
In a significant shift that could reshape the landscape of mobile and PC computing, Qualcomm is gearing up to bid farewell to the Arm architecture, a cornerstone of its chipsets for years. The tech giant’s ambitious plans include the early release of the last ARM-based Snapdragon 8 Gen3 this fall, followed by the introduction of the completely new Snapdragon 8 Gen4 next year to debut their self-developed Nuvia Phoenix architecture.
But the transformation doesn’t stop at smartphones alone. Qualcomm has set its sights on expanding its custom CPU efforts to the realm of Windows-based PCs. A leaked internal document obtained by WinFuture reveals that Qualcomm is hard at work developing a series of chipsets under the codename “Hamoa,” which promise to revolutionize performance and redefine the capabilities of Windows-powered PCs.
The Hamoa project encompasses several models, each distinguished by a unique set of features. Model numbers such as SC8350, SC8350X, SC8370, SC8370XP, SC8380, and SC8380XP hint at a hierarchy within the lineup. The “X” and “XP” suffixes are expected to differentiate standard and Pro variants, indicating variations in core count and core frequency.
Insights into the architecture shed light on the underlying power of these chipsets. The most anticipated among them are the two 12-core processors (SC8380 and SC8380XP), touted to feature an arrangement of eight high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. Meanwhile, the SC8350 and SC8370 models are expected to boast four and six performance cores, respectively, while maintaining four efficiency cores.
Industry analysts speculate that the two 12-core models will emerge as the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4, representing the pinnacle of Qualcomm’s innovation. The nomenclature for the other variants suggests designations like Snapdragon 7cx/5cx etc.
Early 2024 is earmarked as the time when the first Hamoa-powered devices will hit the market, introducing a new era of computing capabilities and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on both smartphones and Windows-based PCs.
Qualcomm’s bold move to bid adieu to the Arm architecture marks a significant turning point for the industry, setting the stage for innovative advancements that could reshape the future of mobile computing. As the tech world eagerly anticipates the arrival of the Hamoa chipsets, the countdown to a new era of processing power and efficiency has begun.