The teardown report reveals how efficient, from a cost and power perspective, a fully integrated solution can be.
number of dual-core application processors have been launched this year,
according IT analytics firm ABI Research. With its MSM8260, however, Qualcomm
has integrated an advanced dual-core application processor with an HSPA modem
in one unit, which HTC has deployed in its Sensation phone.
Research conducted an in-depth teardown of the MSM8260, which revealed how
efficient, from a cost and power perspective, a fully integrated solution can
Research Vice President of Engineering James Mielke said very few manufacturers
can integrate a top-end dual-core application processor with a leading-edge
modem. "With the MSM8260 Qualcomm is showing real muscle by being the first in
the world to do so," Mielke said. "Nvidia's acquisition of ICERA earlier this
year may show that it too believes the modem has a vital role to play in
selling high-end application processors in the current market."
Research's "HTC Sensation Teardown" includes all of the components in the
MSM8260 chipset, the electrical bill of materials, measured performance numbers
and more. The "Qualcomm MSM8260 Teardown" is also available for purchase
separately. The processor is one of hundreds of devices and components-phones,
baseband processors, power management, RF modules, connectivity components,
application processors, sensors and RF and power management discretes-torn down
and analyzed by the firm's Mobile Device Teardown Service.
Sensation handset sports a 4.3-inch quarter-high-definition screen with
540-by-960 resolution, and features HTC's new Sense 3.0 user interface and the new
HTC Watch video service, which lets users rent or buy movies and TV shows.
Purchased videos may be viewed on up to five different HTC devices.
Sense 3.0 introduces a number of new features to the UI. There is a
customizable lockscreen, which displays social updates, photos, weather or
stock updates when a user turns on the display. Users may jump from the
lockscreen to make a phone call, send an email or take a picture via the
gadget's 8-megapixel camera, which includes an instant-capture feature to let
users rapidly snap photos. The Sensation also shoots full high-definition video
in 1080p resolution, with full stereo sound at up to 30 frames a second.
USA recently began selling the HTC Sensation 4G Android smartphone June 15 for
$199.99 after a $50 mail-rebate and a two-year contract. T-Mobile's 4G speeds,
which offer up to 14.4M-bps download speed and up to 5.76M-bps upload speed,
will enable media applications, including the HTC Watch movie and TV library
and HTC Listen music library. The Sensation 4G also has
an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, digital zoom and
auto-focus, paired with a front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recorder.
Consumers can leverage the two cameras with the preinstalled Qik application to
conduct video chat sessions, and the handset includes support for Microsoft
Exchange email, contacts and calendar, social networking, and instant
messaging, as well as a preinstalled 8GB microSD card.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.