A lot of discussion has gone into whether 64-bit technology on a mobile device is really necessary at this point, but whether it will prove to be necessary now or within the next 5 to 10 years, it seems irrelevant, because the biggest mobile SoC player in the game has just revealed their first 64-bit SoC. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm.
The Qualcomm 64-bit processor has been named the Snapdragon 410, and despite general beliefs being that 64-bit processors will be meant to help high end devices reach even more capability, the Snapdragon 410 name suggests that the first Qualcomm 64-bit processor will in fact be aimed at the entry level market for budget and mid-ranged Android devices.
This seems to be the case, and the mobile chip maker’s press release for the Snapdragon 410 chipset reveals that the Qualcomm 64-bit processor has been designed to be a device that can bring 4G and LTE to the low end of the market; something that has since been an exclusivity for higher priced devices.
Senior VP at Qualcomm, Jeff Lorbek, made the following statement when the Qualcomm 64-bit processor was announced – “We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”
Qualcomm plan to get the Snapdragon 410 SoC within budget handsets as early as the second half of 2014, and it will be capable of running on Windows Phone, Android and Firefox devices.