Qualcomm and Adobe Optimize Flash for SnapDragon
Qualcomm and Adobe today announced that the companies have created an optimized version of Flash to run on Qualcomm's SnapDragon processors. The optimization will help deliver improved Flash performance on both high-end smartphones and more mid-range handsets. The MSM8x55, which targets high-end Android smartphones and tablets, will now be able to playback Flash content in HD. The 800MHz MSM7x27, which targets mid-range handsets, will now be able to run Flash video in the browser, as well as run casual games, applications, videos, and other Flash-based content. Qualcomm and its partners are demonstrating the new features this week, but they haven't said when end-users can expect to see the improvements.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 Platform Jumps to 14nm Process
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 450 Platform, a new entry in its mid-tier range of processors for high-volume devices. The Snapdragon 450 is the first 400 series chip to make use of Qualcomm's 14nm process, which provides it with noticeable performance and efficiency gains over earlier chips.
Adobe to Retire Flash In 2020
Adobe today said it will stop updating and distributing the Flash player in 2020. The web plugin is widely used across the web to power experiences such as video and gaming.
Microsoft and Qualcomm to Bring Windows 10 to ARM-Based Snapdragon Processors
Microsoft and Qualcomm plan to make Windows 10 run on Qualcomm's next-generation, ARM-based Snapdragon processors. The idea is to enable full PC functionality on cellular-connected devices of varying form factors.
Qualcomm Intros New Snapdragon 600 and 400 Processors
Qualcomm today announced new Snapdragon application processors for mid-range and volume mobile devices. The Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626, and Snapdragon 427 are all paired with Qualcomm's X9 LTE modem with Cat 7 download (300Mbps) and Cat 13 upload (150Mbps) speeds; 2x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation; 64-QAM on the uplink; and VoLTE with Enhanced Voice Services.
New Spec Means Flash Storage Is About to Get Faster
The Universal Flash Storage version 3.0, approved this week by JEDEC, will eventually lead to faster performance of flash memory chips. UFS 3.0 is optimized for smartphones, tablets, and automotive applications where power consumption needs to be minimized while delivering incredible throughput.