Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm to produce ARM chips for Windows 10 PCs. We’re already aware of the upcoming Snapdragon 850, which looks like an overclocked Snapdragon 845. Now, details of a chip named the SDM1000 (which is already being referred to as the Snapdragon 1000) have surfaced.
This new mobile platform looks to be ready to challenge Intel’s low power Core processors. At least that seems to be the case from the 12W power draw for the SoC; the CPU itself will draw 6.5W. It’s also quite a lot bigger than anything Qualcomm has put out before, measuring 20mm x 15mm.
The chip is expected to be built on TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process.
Interestingly, WinFuture also notes that the test system used a socketed chip instead of a soldered one. Which is unusual for a laptop, seeing that engineers usually do all they can to reduce the size of the components. Still, this is likely due to the nature of the prototype and could be meant to facilitate quick tests by switching out SoCs.
The test system also used 16GB LPDDR4X RAM, two 128GB UFS drives, 802.11ad WiFi, and gigabit LTE. These specifications might not mean much, but they do provide an indication of the kind of hardware that will accompany the final product.