It’s no secret that Qualcomm has been working on entering the PC market for some time. Their first major attempt at doing so was with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip for the Always Connected Windows 10 on ARM devices. We’ve seen hints that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 may be coming to detachable Chromebooks for which Qualcomm has teased. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 was announced earlier this month as a successor to the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC System, but we haven’t yet seen it in action on laptops. Now, we’re hearing that Qualcomm’s goals are even bigger than before: They’re reportedly working on a Snapdragon 1000 SoC that could even end up in desktop PCs.
According to an earlier report by WinFuture, ASUS was working in tandem with the company to release a Windows 10 on ARM device powered by it (codenamed Primus). Windows 10 on ARM aims to bring a full-fledged Windows experience to ARM chips, and we first saw it in a tech demo powered by the Snapdragon 820. Now WinFuture has shared more details on the upcoming Mobile PC platform. The report states that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 series may rival the Intel Y and U series for Windows 10 PCs—beating the Intel Atom and Intel Celeron processors.
Qualcomm’s latest Mobile PC platform: the Snapdragon 850
The Intel Y and Intel U series are both aimed at ultrabooks. The Intel Y series tend to have significantly lower clock speeds than the Intel U series, but both are aimed at providing great performance with low power draw. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 reportedly reaches about 12w of power draw, which puts it in the territory of stronger x86 processors. Interestingly, the Snapdragon 1000 would be the first ARM chip to be socketed and not soldered to a board. This could mean that, in theory, you could build your own computer with a Qualcomm chip on board.
A Windows 10 on ARM device running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 platform.
The Snapdragon 1000 isn’t ready for market yet, but it’s clear what direction the company is taking with these chipsets. Though there is one curveball and it’s called “Andromeda.” We’ve heard that codename thrown around before when there were rumors about a potential Android and Chrome OS merger. The name here references a similar project for what could be a planned hybrid smartphone and PC.
Finally comes the size of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000. Bigger than any other ARM processor to date, the Snapdragon 1000 is around 20mm by 15mm. Other Snapdragon chips are around 12.4mm by 12.4mm, so it’s significantly bigger. That explains the larger power draw, and why heat may be an issue depending on the size and design of the device it’s running on, though it might not be necessary to have an active coolant on board.