Qualcomm Introduces First Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset Running @ 1.2 GHz Speed

Qualcomm recently announced the Company has sampled its First dual-CPU Snapdragon chipsets. The third generation Snapdragon Processors MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B, feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance.

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The Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon processors were all single-core devices which could handle up to 1 GHz of speed, and featured in the Google Nexus One, the Droid Incredible, and the HTC Evo 4G.

Intel has recently unveiled plans for its own dual-core version of ATOM range of ultra-low power consuming processors designed for netbook and handheld devices, Apple is building its next-generation hardware iPhone 4 and iPad devices around Apple A4 single-core processor.

Besides, The Apple’s A4 processor does not contain RAM, but the top package of the PoP contains two low-power 128 MB DDR SDRAM chips, which are connected to the processor using a 64-bit-wide data bus, twice the width of the RAM data bus used in the iPhone and iPod touch devices, to support the greater need for graphics bandwidth in the iPad.

The Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions integrate two of the Company’s enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. Targeted at enabling high-end smartphones, the MSM8×60 solutions are third-generation chipsets from the Company’s expanded Snapdragon platform, which has been powering smartphones, tablets and smartbook devices in markets around the world.

The Qualcomm MSM8260 and MSM8660 are designed to cater high-end smartphones devices, and will boost Web application and multi-media performance. These dual-core processors will allow for 1080p video, low-power GPS and audio engines, and include support for 24-bit WXGA 1280-by-800 resolution displays.

“Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon chipsets set a new standard for advanced smartphones and smartbook devices, and our second-generation solutions are already shipping in volume,” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We are very excited by the innovation our customers are already showing as they begin designing products based on our dual-core MSM8260 and MSM8660 chipsets.”

The MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance, including a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 accelration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

All these 3rd gen platforms, like their predecessors, also integrate GPS and are based on the Scorpion series CPU.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of chipset solutions includes:

  • First-generation : QSD8×50 with 1GHz enhanced core
  • Second-generation : Mobile Station Modem MSM8×55 and QSD8×50A with 1GHz enhanced core, including multimedia optimizations and 1.3GHz enhanced core, respectively
  • Third-generation : Mobile Station Modem MSM8260, MSM8660 and QSD8672 with dual-CPU architecture featuring enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively

Qualcomm has not yet reveal when its new dual-core Snapdragon chips would be available.

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