Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X Elite notebook chips are made with AI in mind

  • Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon X Elite CPU.
  • The company claims it is twice as fast as 13th-gen Intel Core i7 CPUs, while consuming a third of the power.
  • Qualcomm expects the Snapdragon X Elite to ship in OEM notebooks by mid-2024.

Qualcomm is currently hosting its Snapdragon Summit, which means new silicon is on the way from the American foundry. To that end, it has debuted two new flagship offerings in the form of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for smartphones and the Snapdragon X Elite for notebooks.

It is the latter that immediately grabs our interest here, as Qualcomm is touting some impressive figures regarding the performance of the X Elite CPU.

To that end, Qualcomm says it delivers twice the CPU performance compared to Intel’s 13th Gen Core i7 chipsets, along with utilising a third of the power in the process.

“With a 4nm System-on-a-Chip architecture, the best-in-class 12-core Qualcomm Oryon CPU optimizes demanding workloads and features Dual-Core Boost for incredibly fast responsiveness,” it noted in a blog post.

“The premium integrated Qualcomm Adreno GPU delivers stunning graphics for immersive entertainment. Snapdragon X Elite supports this supercharged performance with low-power consumption for up to multi-day battery life on a single charge,” it added regarding gaming capabilities.

One of the other elements that Qualcomm highlighted about the X Elite is its suitability for AI-focused tasks and workloads.

Here Qualcomm explained that the CPU features the company’s, “AI Engine with an integrated Qualcomm Hexagon NPU, delivering transformative experiences for creativity, video conferencing, security, and productivity assistants. Snapdragon X Elite is capable of running generative AI LLM models over 13B parameters on-device with blazing-fast speeds.”

Other notable aspects of the CPU are the support of 5G and WiFI 7 connectivity, and Bluetooth 5.4.

As for when you could see the X Elite powering a notebook in the real world, Qualcomm says it’s expected to feature in OEM devices by mid-2024.


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