December 21, 2014

Qualcomm to cover all tiers of smartphones and tablets with new Snapdragon processors

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Qualcomm announced their new next-gen Snapdragon S4 mobile processors today along with enhancements to their S1 line. Qualcomm aims to enhance user experience and improve battery life across all tiers of smartphones and tablets with their faster, more efficient processors. Qualcomm’s S4 processors will feature their next-gen Krait CPU which will provide next-gen devices with 8X greater performance compared to their S1 line. The newest set of S4 chips announced today include the:

  • MSM8660A
  • MSM8260A
  • MSM8630
  • MSM8230
  • MSM8627
  • MSM8227
  • APQ8060A
  • APQ8030

In addition to the new S4 chips announced, Qualcomm has enhanced the entry-level smartphone experience by updating four of their S1 processors:

  • MSM7225A
  • MSM7625A
  • MSM7227A
  • MSM7627A

I don’t think anyone is going to complain about faster, more efficient processors, and I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on one of those 2.5GHz S4 beasts. While their wasn’t much information provided in the press release (which you can read below), Android and Me got a hold of a few slides highlighting the benefits of their new line of chips. I feel like the mobile processor war is heating up, what do you guys think?

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[spoiler show=”Press Release”]Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon Mobile Processors Across All Tiers of Smartphones and Tablets
Addition of Next-generation Snapdragon S4 and Snapdragon S1 Mobile Processors Will Power Multiple Smartphones and Tablets in 2012 and Beyond

NEW YORK – November 16, 2011 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced today the expansion of its Snapdragon S4 class of next-generation mobile processors and the enhancement of its Snapdragon S1 solutions for entry-level smartphones.

The addition of new Snapdragon S4 processors, which are aimed at lowering design, engineering and inventory costs while bringing leading-edge 3G and 4G Internet connection speeds, 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. The enhanced S4 processors are also optimized for use with a suite of software solutions available from Qualcomm that help enable OEMs to deliver industry-leading feature sets for multimedia, connectivity, camera, display, security, power management, browsing and natural user interface design.

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 better battery life. The Krait CPU is an essential part of the Snapdragon S4 class of processors. Today, Qualcomm announced several new S4 chipsets, including 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 technologies, including EV-DO, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, LTE FDD, LTE TDD and Wi-Fi® standards. Devices based on Snapdragon S4 processors are expected to appear in early 2012.

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. To further this trend, Qualcomm is also announcing an upgrade to four of its existing Snapdragon S1 mobile processors. The MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A have been upgraded to deliver better performance and will enable new mobile experiences for entry-level smartphone users, particularly those transitioning from 2G to 3G.

“Qualcomm is innovating on all fronts and continues to lead the mobile computing era with its roadmap depth, breadth and software support,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm. “Our next-generation hardware, optimized for use with our software suite, facilitates best-in-class performance and power for every smart device segment, from mass-market smartphones to high-performance tablets.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are classified by the S1, S2, S3 and S4 generations of products. The S1 class is meant for entry-level smartphones; the S2 class for high-performance smartphones and tablets; the S3 class for multi-tasking and advanced gaming; and the S4 class for next-generation devices.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.[/spoiler]