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Dual-CPU platform upgrades mobile systems

Posted: 18 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? mobile computing? CPU platform?

Qualcomm Inc. has launched a new dual-CPU Snapdragon single-chip solution, expanding the scope of the platform by covering more advanced mobile computing devices. The QSD8672 chip has two computing cores that have 1.5GHz capacity needed for greater processing functions, in addition to optimized battery life and a full range of 3G mobile broadband and peripheral connectivity capabilities seen in all Snapdragon chipsets. Sampling is scheduled for 2H 09.

The dual-CPU QSD8672 solution, with two highly integrated computing processors having speeds of up to 1.5GHz, is tailored to enable new classes of wirelessly connected computing and pocketable computing devices. Two processing cores help the chip to deliver a better computing experience with more instantaneous response and greater ability to run multiple applications concurrently.

The chip will also give these devices with greater functionality, particularly 3G wireless broadband through the company's integrated multimode modems including HSPA+ for up to 28Mbit/s on the downlink and up to 11Mbit/s on the uplink. The chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth, 1080p high-definition video recording and playback and also supports Wi-Fi and mobile TV technologies such as MediaFLO, DVB-H and ISDB-T. The integrated 2D and 3D graphics engines help device makers to provide products with display resolutions up to WSXGA (1440 x 900).

Together with RF and power management chips, the QSD8672 gives a complete solution for mobile computing devices. These devices running on the dual-CPU Snapdragon solution can provide displays from 9-inch to 12-inch in size with a form-factor that is smaller, thinner, lighter and quieter than laptops currently in the market. These products also take advantage of integrated 3G connectivity and comprehensive peripheral connectivity capabilities, which complement and allow these portable form-factors. Running on Snapdragon chips also allows mobile computing devices to provide powerful processing capabilities, transparent and reliable connectivity and exceptionally long battery life.

- Carolyn Mathas
EE Times

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