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Mobile processors target smartphones, tablets

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile processors? mobile architecture? smartphone? tablet?

Qualcomm Inc. has expanded its line of Snapdragon mobile processors and enhanced its Snapdragon S1 solutions for entry-level smartphones. The S4 processors are designed for software solutions from Qualcomm that the company says help enable OEMs to offer feature sets for multimedia, connectivity, camera, display, security, power management, browsing and natural user interface design. The company also promises a more powerful and more battery-friendly performance.

The addition of�new Snapdragon S4 processors that are aimed at cutting design, engineering and inventory costs while bringing leading-edge 3G and 4G Internet connection speeds, Qualcomm stated. The devices will allow OEMs to introduce S4-based devices with next-generation mobile architecture throughout their respective device roadmaps-from basic smartphones to high-end smartphones and tablets, added the company.

The Krait CPU is the next generation of Qualcomm's micro architecture and is purpose-built from the ground up for significant mobile performance and power management advantages leading to enhanced user experience and battery life. It is an essential part of the Snapdragon S4 class of processors.

Qualcomm's new S4 chipsets include the MSM8660A, MSM8260A, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, MSM8227, APQ8060A and APQ8030. These are additional chipsets to the previously announced MSM8960, MSM8930 and APQ8064. Snapdragon S4 MSM processors include Qualcomm's leading-edge wireless modem technologiesEV-DO, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, LTE FDD, LTE TDD and WiFi standards. Devices based on Snapdragon S4 processors are expected to appear early next year.

The Snapdragon S1 product line is driving smartphone growth in all regions, and it offers a significant opportunity for market expansion and migration to 3G, said the company.�To further this trend, Qualcomm upgraded four of its Snapdragon S1 mobile processors. The MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A now deliver better performance and will enable new mobile experiences for entry-level smartphone users, particularly those transitioning from 2G to 3G, Qualcomm noted.

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