Qualcomm Announces New Chips, App And Developer Platform


Qualcomm have had a busy couple of days. They’ve released their lineup for the next generation of processor architectures, announced a new app to help Android gamers find games for their Snapdragon based devices and shown off their new development platform giving a demonstration of the tablets of next year.

Check out the full story after the break.

Based on the Krait branded processors the new chips have single,dual and quad core variants. The MSM8960 (catchy name!) is the fastest of the bunch running with a dual core 1.5GHz and two LPDDR2 channels running at 500MHz. Currently it looks like there won’t be much competing at the same level until later next year so expect to see these chips around a lot.

So that we don’t have to memorize the codename of every chip Qualcomm have come up with a handy naming convention to keep us all straight:

Snapdragon processors are classified by the S1, S2, S3 and S4 generations of products. The S1 class is meant for entry-level smartphones; the S2 class for high-performance smartphones and tablets; the S3 class for multi-tasking and advanced gaming; and the S4 class for next-generation devices.

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In a move that might disappoint some Qualcomm have announced a 2012 release for their new GameCommand app. The app will highlight games that run especially well on the latest Qualcomm chips and will no doubt become a new games market to compete with Nvidia’s TegraZone. Why would some be disappointed you ask? Because this move further compounds Android’s fragmentation problem. While competition in software markets certainly has it’s advantages ie. pushing companies to offer consumers the best products and services. Multiple markets with specific requirements are going to confuse a lot of users. With games working on some Android platforms with different performance and others not at all the Android app experience is going to get very complicated.

To end on a more positive note Qualcomm have also raised the curtain on their new development platform for the tablets of tomorrow. While it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing a tablet of exactly this specification in consumer hands any time soon (it’s what hardware manufactures use to base their designs) it’s good to see what lies ahead.
The specs for the Mobile Development Platform (or MDP) are as follows:

  • Dual-core MSM8960 S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage
  • 10.1-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Seven microphones
  • Stereo speakers
  • Rear facing 13MP camera
  • Front facing 2MP camera
  • Two extra cameras on the back for capturing 3D video

Combinations of these technologies will hopefully be appearing in the coming months.

New SOC Press Release
GameCommand Press Release
MDP Announcement on Engadget]]>

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