The chipsets are led by the quad-core flagship APQ8064, based on the new micro-architecture codenamed Krait.
BARCELONA--Qualcomm debuted its next mobile processor architecture
for the Snapdragon family, including the single-core MSM8930, the
dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064, offering speeds of up to
2.5GHz per core. The chipsets will be available in single-, dual- and
quad-core versions and include a new Adreno GPU series with up to four
3D cores, and integrated multi-mode LTE modem.
All chipsets in the family will integrate a quad-combo of connectivity
solutions-WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM-and include support for NFC (near
field communication), as well as stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video and photo
capture and playback. Support for every major operating system, across
all tiers of products, comes standard on all Snapdragon chipsets, a
company release noted. Samples of the MSM8960 are anticipated to be
available in second quarter 2011 and samples of the MSM8930 and APQ8064
are anticipated to be available in early 2012.
The software-compatible chipset family will share the same 28nm
technology and new, purpose-built CPUs and GPUs and include Adreno
graphics capabilities. At the high end, the company said the Adreno 320
quad-core GPU will deliver up to 15 times the performance of the
original Adreno to drive the latest games and S3D video on
larger-screen devices. In addition, the chipset family will support 3D
and S3D games, capture and playback of S3D photos and videos, and
output in full HD to a 1080P flat panel display over HDMI.
The single-core MSM8930 is a single-chip solution with an integrated
LTE modem designed to take LTE to mass market smartphones and will
include the new Adreno 305 GPU. The dual-core MSM8960 will support
dual-channel LP DDR memory and will feature the Adreno 225 GPU and
features an integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem.
The APQ8064, the flagship chipset in the new family of Snapdragon
chipsets, is based on the new micro-architecture code named "Krait."
With up to 20 Megapixel camera support, the APQ8064 will internally
synchronize two camera sensors for 3D video recording and will support
external 3D video playback. As with the Snapdragon dual-core, the
APQ8064 will include four asynchronous CPU cores, which can be
independently controlled. It also includes support for both PC and LP
DDR memory, serial and PCIe interfaces, and multiple USB ports. The
APQ8064 will also integrate with Qualcomm 3G and LTE MDM modems and
modules, according to a company release.
The company also announced the next-generation embedded Gobi3000
certified reference design intended to deliver improved performance by
doubling the HSPA downlink speed and enhancing the Gobi common
application programming interface (API) functionality for enterprise
applications. Gobi3000-based modules, along with enhanced system
integration and differentiated software solutions, are now available
from Huawei, Novatel Wireless, Option, Sierra Wireless and ZTE. The
design allows Qualcomm's customers to offer both single-mode (UMTS) and
multi-mode designs (CDMA/UMTS).
In addition, Qualcomm announced that future Google Android-powered
devices running on the Snapdragon platform would have access to instant
streaming of TV shows and movies from Netflix. "We're excited about
this collaborative effort to help bring the Netflix application to
Android devices running on the Snapdragon platform," said Liat Ben-Zur,
senior director of software strategy and ecosystems for Qualcomm.
"Qualcomm is in a unique position to help bring the most optimized and
advanced Android apps to market through working closely with the strong
ecosystem of Snapdragon developers like Netflix."