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Qualcomm Expands Snapdragon X Elite Beyond Laptops

The Snapdragon X Elite will not be laptop exclusive, as Qualcomm targets PCs and other Copilot+ compatible devices.


is broadening the scope of its Snapdragon X Elite SoC, looking beyond laptop applications. In its presentation at Computex 2024, the firm hinted at future integration of this chip into mini PCs and all-in-one (AiO) systems. This announcement comes after Qualcomm's release of a development kit in the form of a mini PC that features the X Elite.

In collaboration with technology giants such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, , and Samsung, Qualcomm plans to launch PCs powered by Snapdragon processors starting June 18. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella underscored the importance of their partnership, emphasizing AI advancements. More than 20 types of + PCs with Snapdragon CPUs featuring NPUs are currently available, capable of reaching up to 45 TOPS.

Expanding Horizons for Snapdragon X Elite

Qualcomm's slides during the presentation showcased silhouettes of mini PCs and AiOs, but did not specify particular manufacturers. This suggests an expansion strategy similar to 's, which uses its M-series processors across various desktop formats like the Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro. Qualcomm is also providing chips that will power Microsoft's recently announced Copilot+ initiative

Introducing the Snapdragon X Elite into desktop domains marks a significant move for Windows on ARM. Qualcomm's efforts seem to be aimed at reinvigorating this platform, which has had a rocky history but now exhibits renewed potential. With various partners likely involved, this could position Snapdragon X Elite-powered devices as viable alternatives to Apple's ARM desktops, reflecting Qualcomm's ambition to cement 's role in the computing sector.Qualcomm-Snapdragon-X-Elite-Devices

Visual Clues and Future Designs

The Computex keynote also included an image suggesting potential PC designs for Snapdragon X Elite. Aside from the current eight-inch development kit, Qualcomm hints at more forthcoming form factors. This could signal a range of new applications for the chip in the near future.

By extending the Snapdragon X Elite SoC's applicability, Qualcomm is seeking to increase its footprint in the computing market. This approach fits within Qualcomm's wider objective to augment the usability and attractiveness of its ARM processors. The push into the mini PC and AiO segments may lead to fresh opportunities and collaborations within the tech sector.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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