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Quad-core processors target high-volume smartphones

Posted: 10 Dec 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile processors  chipsets  3G  handsets  Snapdragon S4 

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. introduces two new chipsets into the Snapdragon S4 family of mobile processors. The MSM8226 and MSM8626 chipsets have quad-core CPUs and are designed to bring multimedia and connectivity features to high-volume 3G handsets.

The chipsets feature the Adreno 305 GPU, 1,080p capture and playback, and up to a 13MP camera. Both processors will be ready for customer sampling by the Q2 13 for UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA.

The MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors are fabricated using the 28nm technology node and will continue to support multi-SIM capabilities with Dual SIM, Dual Standby; and Dual SIM, Dual Active. They also incorporate a WTR2605 multi-mode radio transceiver that is optimised to address China specific requirements such as support for TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1xAdv and HSPA+. The transceiver comes with an integrated, high-performance GPS core with GLONASS and Beidou support. Optimised for low power consumption, the WTR2605 transceiver offers 40 per cent power savings and 60 per cent smaller footprint compared to previous generations.

Qualcomm Technologies will also be releasing Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of both MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors. The QRD programme provides device manufacturers with comprehensive handset development resources and access to an ecosystem of hardware and software vendors, whose components and applications have been tested and validated for QRD-based devices.

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