Qualcomm, one of the biggest chipmakers worldwide, has announced the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 8nm chipset targeted at entry-level, low power PCs. The chipset comes as the first laptop featuring the company’s first mainstream laptop chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, launched with the Acer Spin 7 earlier this year. With the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2, Qualcomm will target entry level Windows 10 laptops for students and education sector users, as well as Chromebooks on a budget. Qualcomm says that its new compute platform for PCs will help it keep entry level laptops thin and light, and come with a fanless design to boot.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 SoC features an octa-core configuration, with Kryo 468 CPU cores configured at peak clock speed of 2.55GHz. The chipset will support two LPDDR4x RAM channels, and only internal flash storage standards with eMMC 5.1 and UFS 2.1 base level storage formats supported. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 SoC is capable of running quietly, and will deliver “up to 10 percent higher system performance than competitive platforms.” On the battery front, the chipset will reportedly be able to offer over 19 hours of continuous usage.
The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 also features the Spectra 255 ISP to power video conferencing features on entry level laptops. It also features the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec that supports up to aptX HD playback, and can support up to 2K and full HD displays, too. In terms of connectivity, laptops based on the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 will feature dual-band Wi-Fi 5 connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 as well.
Qualcomm also announced the introduction of a new Snapdragon Development Kit, which opens up support for developers to build native apps for laptops built on Qualcomm’s laptop compute platforms. The company claims that the new development kit will help developers reduce the cost of building native apps and services for basic laptops running on the Snapdragon compute platform. Popular video conferencing app Zoom will be one of the first native apps to be purpose-built for the new platform.
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