Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (MSM8956, former Snapdragon 618) is an ARM-based mid-range SoC for (Android based) smartphones and tablets. The chip integrates six CPU cores in two clusters. Two fast ARM Cortex-A72 cores at 1.8 GHz (max.) and four power saving ARM Cortex-A53 cores at 1.2 GHz (max.). In addition to that, the S650 includes a modern Adreno 510 graphics card, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1866 memory controller (14.9 GB/s), an LTE/UMTS radio, and 802.11ac WiFi.
The Cortex-A72 cores are the successor of the Cortex-A57 designs and are based on the ARMv8-ISA (64 Bit). The four slower Cortex-A53 cores are also using the ARMv8-ISA (64 Bit). Both clusters are implemented using the big.LITTLE architecture and therefore all 6 cores can in theory run in parallel to increase performance.
The Snapdragon 650 supports a broad range of wireless standards. Next to WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS (Qualcomm IZat Gen8C), the 650 supports a range of 2G, 3G and 4G standards like LTE Cat. 7 up to 300 MBit/s.
Dedicated hardware for encoding and decoding of videos (e.g. H.265 4K30, 1080p120) is also supported by the chip.
The Snapdragon 650 is manufactured at TSMC in 28nm (HPm).
|Clock Rate||1800 MHz|
|Number of Cores / Threads||6 / 6|
|Manufacturing Technology||28 nm|
|Features||Adreno 510 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat. 7 (max. 300 Mbps), NFC, GPS (Qualcomm IZat Gen8C), Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Product Link (external)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956|