July 31, 2014

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Chipsets with Android at CES

Ask a typical person what kind of chipset is in their mobile handset and you’re likely to get a blank stare in return.  Most people are not aware of what all goes into the hardware side of phones and assume that one company produces and assembles the parts.

Take for instance the T-Mobile G1.  A vast majority of the people who have this phone don’t know that Qualcomm actually produces the chipset.

One year ago today, we first ran an article about Qualcomm’s chipset called the Snapdragon, which clocks in at 1Ghz speeds and is geared towards 3G devices.  Now it’s being shown off at CES with Android and Qualcomm is talking up the OS.

Android broke new ground in mobile functionality and user interfaces and Qualcomm believes there is a logical fit between the expanded capabilities of the software and our Snapdragon chipsets for mobile computing devices. – Mark Frankel, VP of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

As of late last year, the chipset was being used on over 30 device designs by some 15+ companies.  Among them are fellow Open Handset Alliance members ASUS International, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Toshiba. Oh, and Wind River Wind River provided the software code to help get Android running on larger screen devices. It’s expected that Wind River will make available the code to all members of the OHA soon.

One of the best parts in this chipset?  It’s being shown off at WVGA resolution which means mobile internet devices and larger screen (7″-12″) devices can take advantage of it.  Other benefits and features according to Qualcomm:

  • Day-long battery life
  • Ubiquitous, real-time connectivity: WWAN, Wi-Fi® and/or Bluetooth® technology
  • Rich Internet experience with full Web browsing
  • Access to real-time “personalized” location-aware content with built in GPS
  • Streaming and playback of locally stored HD video content
  • High resolution XGA display support
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • Support for multiple video codecs
  • Audio codecs: (AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, FR, EFR, HR, WB-AMR, G.729a, G.711 , AAC stereo encode)
  • Support for Broadcast TV (MediaFLOTM , DVB-H and ISDB-T)