Qualcomm aims straight at Intel with 8cx chip, its first CPU for PCs

From CNET: If it's up to Qualcomm, Windows PCs are about to get even more phonelike and powerful.

The company on Thursday unveiled its first processor designed specifically for computers, called the Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform.

The processor aims to provide a big leap over Qualcomm's year-ago efforts in 2-in-1 laptops. At that time, partners like HP and Asus used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile processor -- built for phones like Samsung's Galaxy S8 -- to give their devices the smarts and connectivity speed traditionally found only in smartphones.

The aim of always-connected PCs is to bring smartphone features to computers, like all-day or even multiple-day battery life and constant 4G LTE connectivity. People spend an increasing amount of time on their phones and less time on their PCs, and they're holding onto computers for much longer than their smartphones. The answer for Microsoft and traditional PC makers has been to turn computers into something more like phones.

The always-connected PC "delivers freedom," Sanjay Mehta, senior vice president of Qualcomm's compute products group, said Thursday during a keynote at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. "Freedom to be connected anywhere. Freedom to realize your PC is going to last for days in a secure and connected manner."

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