While last year Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit was a bit quiet in more ways than one, this time, at Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit 2023, we have seen some interesting announcements – from new processors to solutions in other areas where the semiconductor company has a foot. That said, here’s everything summarized and all you need to know about this event.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit 2023

Snapdragon Seamless

Snapdragon Summit 2023 Snapdragon Seamless

Just like the name suggests, Snapdragon Seamless aims to connect every single device into one. It’s a cross-platform technology that will allow you to link multiple devices running different OSes, together into one.

We have seen similar solutions from Microsoft themselves and even applications that do exactly this: be able to share your peripherals (namely keyboard and mouse) across PCs, phones, and tablets, share files and windows by just dragging and dropping, earbuds switching automatically based on priority and even with the help of XR, it aims to extend the abilities of smartphones.

With Snapdragon Seamless, Qualcomm is aiming to make this cross-device system truly put the users first, as said by Dino Bekis.

Snapdragon Sound: Snapdragon S7 and Snapdragon S7 Pro Gen 1

Snapdragon Summit 2023 Snapdragon Sound: Snapdragon S7 and Snapdragon S7 Pro Gen 1

Audio solutions have been one of the techs that Snapdragon has focused on and still does. This time around, with the new Qualcomm S7 and Qualcomm S7 Pro Gen 1 – it aim to bring their most advanced, personalized, and responsive audio experience with on-device AI.

The Qualcomm S7 Pro houses a micro-power Wi-Fi which helps to extend the range for audio devices as compared to your traditional Bluetooth which comes with its own limits. And there’s a new Qualcomm XPAN technology powering these, which supports 192kHz multi-channel lossless music streaming and enhanced multi-channel spatial audio for gaming. All this, without any compromise on the battery life.

Snapdragon X Elite Processor

Snapdragon Summit 2023 - Snapdragon X Elite

The biggest announcement at Qualcomm Summit 2023, happens to be the Snapdragon X Elite Processor. This does bring back some of the unpleasant memories with the 7c – which was also a processor aimed at laptops so to speak.

But the Snapdragon X Elite aims to bring something different to the table. It’s still an ARM-based processor; however, it uses a 4nm process node with 2x faster CPU and GPU performance as compared to an x86-based system. The Qualcomm Oryon CPU uses a 64-bit architecture with 12 cores hitting up to 3.8GHz and with a boost clock speed of up to 4.3GHz.

The prime focus however for the Snapdragon X Elite happens to be in the AI element – as it now handles on-board instead of relying on cloud. So, it’s capable of running 13B parameters on devices and generates 30 tokens per second. The Qualcomm Hexagon NPU handles 40 TOPS, which is 4.5x faster AI processing power than their contenders.

Unlike the 7c, which was targeted towards a specific device type, this X Elite is aimed at all sorts of form factors with different thermal designs – so expect to see them in big devices or in different kinds of laptops, tablets, 2-in-1, and so on.

Devices powering the Snapdragon X Elite will make its way in mid-2024.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Snapdragon Summit 2023 Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

What’s a Qualcomm announcement without mobile processors? That said, say hello to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 which once again focuses on bringing AI on-device – more specifically, designed with generative AI in mind. So, everything about this processor aims to nail that element in areas like cameras, gaming, and audio.

Interestingly, Qualcomm is teaming up with Meta for the LLM Model, as it is based on Meta Llama 2 – which can handle 15 tokens/sec and 10B+ parameters. Other than that, the processor aims to hit 3.3GHz maximum frequency (30% faster CPU performance), 25% faster GPU performance, and power efficiency.

In gaming situations, ray tracing on mobile has been the talk of the town and with Unreal Engine 5 Lumen, this is the first processor that will produce real-time global illumination and reflections.

Phones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will make their way very soon, with Xiaomi announcing the new Xiaomi 14 on the 26th of October 2023.

These are some of the announcements that have happened so far at Qualcomm Summit 2023. There are some in-depth talks on the other aspects of their solution which is happening on Day 2. So, stay tuned to us – as we might pick up one or two – well, more on the Qualcomm Audio solution.


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