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Qualcomm Details the Next-Gen Snapdragons

Qualcomm has also briefed on the next-generation 28nm Snapdragon platform

Qualcomm is known for being a key player in the ultraportable CPU market with its Snapdragon range of processors being one of the most widely used mobile PC platforms. What’s making news now is that Qualcomm is aiming at something higher than the current industry standard of CPU speeds.

Reportedly, Qualcomm has under the works processors of clock speeds higher than 1GHz. In fact, the company has briefed a bunch of technical analysts on its future plans and has also named quite a few products slated to be launched in the near future. Amongst these, the first ones to arrive would be two 1.2 GHz dual-core CPUs. Supposedly, both these processors, codenamed MSM8260 and 8660 will feature two Scorpion cores and an Adreno 205 GPU on a single 45nm die. For 3G fans, the 8260 will be enabled with HSPA+ and the 8660 will include HSPA+ support along with CDMA2000 and 1xEV-DO Rev. B.

In addition to this, Qualcomm also revealed insights into a next-generation Snapdragon platform that will be built using the 28nm process. First up in the new Snapdragon family would be the MSM8960 CPU which will pack in two next-generation processor cores, thus giving it a 5X performance advantage over the current generation CPUs plus a 75 percent decrease in power consumption. The company also adds that it’s working on enhancing its GPU performance by approximately up to 4 times that of what they make now. Qualcomm does look to offer some really tempting improvement figures but only real-world test figures will determine its capabilities when the new products would be launched.

It is a thing of past when Qualcomm chips used to be on the smartphones only. Popular tablets like Dell Streak and Huawei S7 use processors made by the American company, and as the clock speed increases along with entering into the two-core zone – things can only get exciting from there.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)