Monday, January 7, 2013

Qualcomm's Latest Snapdragons Drive Mobile Performance

Qualcomm is now sampling its next generation Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors, which raise the bar on performance per watt in premium mobile and computing devices.

The 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors integrate the company's new "Krait" 400 CPU in quad configuration, with speeds of up to 2.3 GHz per core, along with a new "Adreno" 330 GPU delivers more than 2x performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU. The 800 processors also integrate a third generation 4G LTE modem with data rates up to 150 Mbps (Category 4) and supporting LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation. Additional featuring in the 800 solution include world multimode and multi-band support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, integrated USB 3.0, Bluetooth and FM radios.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors are capable of 4K UltraHD video (with four times 1080p pixel density) and HD multichannel audio. Smartphones, tablets, digital media adapters, and Smart TVs based on the 800 processor are expected by mid-year 2013.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor also targets high-end mobile devices while delivering up to 40 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors. It features a new Krait 300 quad-core CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz, a new speed enhanced Adreno 320 GPU and support for LPDDR3 memory.  The first phones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor are expected in Q2.

“With the overwhelming success of our previous Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms, our mobile processors have emerged as the platform of choice for high-end mobile devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm.