Qualcomm unveiled the latest iteration of its flagship chip, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 last month. Now reports are coming in about the next-gen flagship chip, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with a new cluster config. The American SoC maker is tieing with Taiwanese company TSMC to manufacture the chip on a 4nm process. Let’s know more about Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 new cluster configurations in this article.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s New Cluster Configuration
The upcoming silicon will be powering the upcoming flagship phones of 2023. According to Weibo Tipster Digital Chat Station, the codename for this silicon is SM8550 Kailua. And it will come with a new cluster configuration this time. Speculations point towards a 1+2+2+3 configuration. Before, the company has been using 1+3+4 configuration.
The latter configuration is quite popular among SoC makers for flagship chipsets. For example, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 has 1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510 configurations. It comes with the main ARM core, three moderate cores, and four power-saving cores. Similarly, Samsung’s Exynos 2200 arrived with 1×2.8 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510 cores.
As per the Weibo post, the new chip will have one Makalu generation core, another cluster with two Makalu generation cores, followed by two Matterhorn cores, and three Klein R1 cores. Makalu and Matterhorn monikers were recently announced by ARM as a successor/follow up for Cortex-X1/A78 generation.
As per the above chart, Makalu is the latest gen cluster and Matterhorn is the X2/A710 step. So, it points out to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to have one Cortex-X3 core. Though it is due to be announced, the upcoming flagship chip will feature it alongside two Cortex-A720 cores, two Cortex-A710 cores, and three older Cortex-A510 cores. There wouldnt be major bump in terms of clock speed as it will be out with the same 4nm fabrication process as Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 by TSMC. Still, the chart is showcasing a 30% boost in performance. The GPU will be Adreno 640 but nothing much is provided as of now.