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Qualcomm demonstrates MSM8660 Snapdragon video performance

Next generation Snapdragon to allow full 1080p video and Flash playback at a steady 30fps for mobile devices

California-based mobile chip supplier Qualcomm has released a couple of quick videos demonstrating its next generation dual-core Snapdragon processor, the MSM8660.

According to the videos, the new 1.5GHz SoC will be able to play Flash and 1080p video within a browser at a steady 30 fps. Its graphics will also be top of the line thanks to the integrated Adreno 220 GPU, which should offer “twice the performance of the Adreno 205.” In fact, Qualcomm compared the Flash video performance directly against a device running on a “competitor’s dual core” processor, likely the Nvidia Tegra 2, and blew it out of the water in terms of lag-free playback.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm has not yet mentioned exactly what products will be making use of the Snapdragon MSM8660, but the chip is expected to power the upcoming HTC EVO 3D smartphone when it releases later this summer for Sprint. With regards to tablets, the upcoming HP TouchPad will sport a similar dual-core Snapdragon processor, called the APQ8060. This model will likely also ship with the same Adreno 220 graphics, and so the performance demonstration of the MSM8660 could be a good indication of what to expect when the TouchPad finally releases. 


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05- 3 (Update: 2021-05-18)