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Bsquare rolls next-gen Snapdragon development platform

Posted: 03 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform? Snapdragon processor? asynchronous architecture?

The next generation of the Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) for Android is now available, according to its developer, Bsquare Corp. The company based the development platform on Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8660 Snapdragon processor, which boasts speeds of up to 1.5GHz.

Bsquare began providing customers with the first-generation Snapdragon MDP, based on the MSM8655 processor, in late 2010. This new generation of the Snapdragon MDP, based on the MSM8660 processor, introduces new features, including a dual-core CPU that supports asynchronous architecture and console quality, and stereoscopic 3D graphics performance.

The MDP also includes Bsquare's engineering services and TestQuest test automation solutions, thus enabling developers to accelerate time to market for Android applications.

The MSM8660-based Snapdragon MDP includes the MSM8660-based smartphone form-factor with a 3.61 WVGA responsive multitouch touch screen display, asynchronous dual-core CPUs running independently at up to 1.5GHz, Adreno 220 GPU, 13MP rear camera, 1MP front camera, stereo loudspeakers, 1GB of RAM , and 16GB of storage memory.

Specific tools are also available from Qualcomm including the Adreno Profiler for optimizing 3D graphics performance and the Trepn Profiler for optimizing application power usage.

Separately, Qualcomm also announced the availability of its Augmented Reality (AR) Platform for Android smartphones. The platform's feature set enables developers to build high-performance, interactive 3D experiences on real-world images, such as those used in print media (books, magazines, brochures, tickets, signs) and on product packaging.

The Qualcomm AR Android SDK supports native Android development with the Android tool chain, including the Android SDK and NDK.

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