Qualcomm Intros Dual Core Mobile Processors

The refreshed Snapdragon chipsets boast speeds of up to 1.5 GHz, support for 1080p video, and low power requirements.

W. David Gardner, Contributor

June 1, 2010

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Qualcomm announced Tuesday that it is shipping dual-core Snapdragon chipsets running at speeds of 1.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz.

The new Snapdragons will be capable of upping Web applications and multimedia performance including 1080p video encode/decode and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays. The latest chipsets integrate two Qualcomm cores and are aimed at a new generation of advanced smartphones, tablets, and smartbooks.

Earlier Snapdragon versions are embedded in the HTC Droid Incredible, the Motorola Droid, Google's NexusOne, and Sprint's EVO.

The third-generation, low-power Snapdragons are the MSM8260 for HSPA+ and the MSM8660 for HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B, indicating that developers will be able to tailor handsets for multiple networks. For instance, T-Mobile is rolling out a new network using HSPA while Verizon Wireless uses EV-DO on its network.

"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, the firm's executive VP, said in a statement. He added that customers are already designing products based on the new chipsets.

The Snapdragon cores also feature graphics processing units with 3-D/2-D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, as well as integrated low-power GPS technology.

In unveiling the new Snapdragons, Qualcomm traced the progress of the Snapdragon family, noting that the first generation Snapdragon -- the QSD8x50 -- featured a 1-GHz core. The second generation MSM8x55 and QSD8x50A have 1-GHz cores, but also multimedia optimizations and 1.3-GHz enhanced cores.

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