Qualcomm makes move to 64-bit smartphone chips
Snapdragon 410 processor to be ready for second half of 2014
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm yesterday said it will start to make smartphone processors with 64-bit architecture, similar to that found in PCs, Reuters reported.
Apple Inc's iPhone 5S handset, launched in September, is powered by the proprietary 64-bit A7 processor, designed by Apple and built by Samsung.
Qualcomm has named its new 64-bit Snapdragon processor as the 410 and said it would carry 4G capabilities. The chip vendor said the new technology would be aimed at the Chinese market, the largest, and one of the fastest-growing, smartphone markets in the world. Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 410 would start being installed in entry-level smartphones by the second half of 2014.
Intel Corp's mobile chips already contain 64-bit architecture, but manufacturers have historically eschewed Intel's x86 build, in favour of ARM Holdings' licensed designs for low-power setups. Apple's A7 was the first 64-bit ARM-based processor to power consumer mobile devices, but Qualcomm builds ready-made processors for a range of third-party vendors, so its foray into 64-bit architecture will likely accelerate the technology's adoption as standard among future handsets.