Qualcomm Announces Two New S4 SnapDragon Chips
Qualcomm today announced the MSM8625 and MSM8225 chipsets, new S4-class SnapDragon processors that include dual-core CPUs clocked at up to 1GHz, and Qualcomm's Adreno 203 GPU and a built-in 3G modem. Qualcomm says that these new chips will be ideal for manufacturers looking to transition their S1-based smartphone designs straight to S4-grade devices. In addition to the new chips, Qualcomm also announced the third generation of its Qualcomm Reference Design. The QRD is meant to help hardware makers create unique smartphones that can be manufactured in volume, quickly, and inexpensively. Qualcomm explains that the QRD delivers a pre-tested development platform with the hardware components (memory, sensors, touch panels, cameras, displays, etc.) and software applications (browsers, map/navigation, mail, music, instant messaging, etc.) required for basic smartphones already configured. The MSM8625 and MSM8225 chips and QRD platform will be available in bulk during the first half of 2012. QRD development platforms based on both the MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A chipsets are already available.
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.
Qualcomm's Latest Snapdragons Target Mid- and Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm announced two new additions to its family of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 430. The chips will bring new features to inexpensive and volume handsets.
Qualcomm Renames 600 Series Snapdragon Chips
Qualcomm has changed the names of two 600 series Snapdragon processors. Specifically, the Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 618 will now be called the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650.
New Qualcomm Tech Aims to Bring High-Quality AR and VR Mainstream
Qualcomm today announced a major expansion of Spectra, its effort to offer manufacturers a drop-in hardware and software solution for easily and affordably adding advanced camera technology to phones and other devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The expanded Spectra suite includes three new hardware camera modules.
The "S" category system made perfect sense when they first announced it, but as they've tried to apply the system to new generations of chips, it's made less sense.
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