Overcoming Apple and Intel, fully embracing AIGC, Qualcomm releases Snapdragon X Elite and third-generation Snapdragon 8

Time waits for no one, and the Snapdragon Summit 2023 will be held one month earlier than previous years. The 2023 Snapdragon Summit will be held significantly earlier than October.

There is no other reason than that the opportunities in the AI ​​era are fleeting and technological change is no longer measured in years, but in months and days. The AIGC boom from the second half of last year to the present has been fierce, but it is mainly concentrated in the desktop field, especially powerful independent graphics desktops. Notebooks and mobile phones are not the best carriers to embody the charm of AIGC.

Qualcomm released the Snapdragon AI image generation and more.

Snapdragon X Elite: Better performance than i9-13980HX, more power efficient than M2 Max

It’s not that Qualcomm has never tried in the PC field. From the early transplantation of the Snapdragon 835 chip to the PC, to the later modified Snapdragon 8cx chip, although the power consumption is indeed relatively low, there are also many problems. For example, in the early days, there were compatibility issues when Windows ran on ARM chips. Later, when Apple's M-series chips became so popular, it seemed that Snapdragon 8cx was not good enough, etc. Therefore, Snapdragon Core's presence in the PC field has never been very high.

Snapdragon X Elite is here to change this situation.

In the first running score session, Qualcomm CEO Amon said that Snapdragon X Elite integrates Qualcomm's customized Oryon CPU, and its single-thread performance exceeds Apple's M2 Max and Intel's i9-13980HX.

What's more critical is power consumption. When peak performance is released, Oryon CPU consumes 30% less power than M2 Max and as much as 70% less than i9-13980HX.

It seems that the power saving and temperature control experience of macOS and M series chips are expected to be realized on Windows on ARM notebooks.

But some people must have noticed that when Qualcomm compared CPU performance, it only compared single-thread performance. When comparing multi-thread performance, Qualcomm chose weaker opponents, such as Apple's M2 and Intel's i7- 1355U and i7-1360P.

When compared with Intel mobile chips, Qualcomm said that Oryon CPU not only has twice the performance of its opponents, but also consumes 68% less peak performance power.

As for the Apple M2, Qualcomm said that the multi-threaded performance of Oryon CPU can exceed the opponent by 50%. As for the power consumption performance, Qualcomm did not mention it.

While Qualcomm is trying to balance the contradiction between performance and power consumption, AI capabilities have become the breakthrough weapon of Snapdragon X Elite.

It can be seen that in the picture introduction of Snapdragon token, the overall AI engine computing power has reached 75TOPS, and when using Stable Diffusion to perform text generation, the speed is less than 1 second.

The third generation of Snapdragon 8: AI has always been mentioned, but this time AI was put first

Mobile office has always jumped between true propositions and false propositions. The main reason for this situation is that mobile phones are productivity tools. On the one hand, they have the strongest mobility and connectivity, but their input and output capabilities are also limited. Much weaker than a computer.

But AIGC can help users get a lot of output with very little input. This is the great significance of AIGC applications on mobile phones. Therefore, the combination of mobile phone local AI and cloud AI, and the collaboration of devices and clouds, are the right solution, so Qualcomm focused on demonstrating the generative AI capabilities of the third generation Snapdragon 8.

To sum up, the third generation Snapdragon 8 focuses on three AI capabilities:

  • Large models with up to 10 billion parameters can be run on the terminal side
  • When running a large model with 7 billion parameters, 20 tokens can be generated per second, which is faster than human reading speed.
  • The world's fastest mobile Stable Diffusion graph speed, less than 1 second

Regarding the performance details of the third-generation Snapdragon 8, Qualcomm will show it in the speech on the second day, but some were also revealed in the speech on the first day. For example, compared with the previous generation Snapdragon 8, the CPU performance of the third generation Snapdragon 8 has been improved by 30%, the GPU performance has been improved by 25%, and the NPU performance has been improved by 98%.

In addition, Xiaomi Group President Lu Weibing, as a partner, took the Xiaomi 14, which is about to be released and is equipped with the third-generation Snapdragon 8 platform, as an example to use "Genshin Impact" to demonstrate the performance of the real machine.

  • Average frame rate 59.39fps
  • Maximum temperature 43.2 degrees Celsius
  • Single frame power consumption reduced by 10.6%

Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technologies' mobile phone business, said:

The third generation of Snapdragon 8 will usher in a new era of generative AI – empowering users to create unique content, help improve productivity, and enable other breakthrough use cases.

For the smartphone industry, the AIGC craze may be a reason to drive users to switch phones. The AI ​​capabilities that have been promoted for many years finally no longer need to hide behind the scenes, but come to the front to interact directly with users and generate content. As a technology base and industry upstream, Qualcomm is working with partners to drive the expansion of the AIGC position from the chip side.

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