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Qualcomm facing "hard to solve" issues with 64-bit Snapdragon chips

By Michael Low & Kenny Yeo - on 5 Dec 2014, 10:17am

Qualcomm facing "hard to solve" issues with 64-bit Snapdragon chips

When Apple launched its 64-bit A7 SoC last year, Qualcomm was reportedly taken by surprise, with an unnamed source within the company say, "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut". And at MWC earlier this year, Qualcomm responded quickly by announcing its own 64-bit Snapdragon processors - the Snapdragon 610 and 615. It was also reported earlier this year that devices sporting these new chips will debut later this year, but this has not happened yet.

The reason, according to Business Korea, is that the new processors from Qualcomm are facing "hard to solve" problems including overheating, RAM controller issues and driver errors involving the Adreno GPU. 

This is proving to be a problem not just for Qualcomm, but also for the companies who rely on them for chips, namely LG, Samsung and HTC. Although both LG and Samsung have their own processors, they have thus far been inferior to Qualcomm's offerings and are not 32-bit ready yet. Samsung is reportedly working a 64-bit version of its Exynos chip, but it would not be ready until some time next year. So without Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon processors, LG, Samsung and HTC have no 64-bit rival to Apple's latest iPhones.

Source: AppleInsider.