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Qualcomm Announces First Dual-Core Snapdragon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

Computex has already shown us more tablets (sorry, "Pads") than we care to remember and there'll be plenty more of them, so this announcement is quite refreshing. Qualcomm is today showing off it's first dual-core Snapdragon processors.

We're all used to seeing devices powered by Qualcomm's single core Snapdragon (such as the Nexus One and the DROID), which boasts clock speeds of up to 1GHz. Today's Mobile Station Modem MSM8260 and MSM8660 Snapdragon chipsets are capable of up to 1.2GHz. Qualcomm says the latter is a multimode chipset that can connect to HSPA+ or EV-DO Rev. B, high-speed networks, while the MSM8260 supports only HSPA+.

Though Qaulcomm wasn't quite ready to dish the deets in terms of a release date, the company said the new chipsets would be used in high-end smartphones enabling them to handle 1080p video and screen resolutions of up to 1280x800.

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    Gin Fushicho , June 1, 2010 9:18 PM
    More power efficient, and still strong and small huh? I can't wait till these become power houses and are still tiny.
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    sublifer , June 1, 2010 9:32 PM
    ummm I think some content got left out of the story. Otherwise... multimode != dual core
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    dman3k , June 1, 2010 9:34 PM
    Proof read please! "Qaulcomm" seriously?
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    dhlee528 , June 1, 2010 9:46 PM
    I don't think DROID has snapdragon
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    brother shrike , June 1, 2010 10:04 PM
    dhlee528I don't think DROID has snapdragon

    The Incredible does, though.
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    hispeed120 , June 1, 2010 10:04 PM
    dhlee528I don't think DROID has snapdragon


    I think the new Droid Incredible does.
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    w1zz4 , June 1, 2010 10:13 PM
    Nice story Brian Biggs!!!! Oh wait I'm not on bbspot.com, it's just another Tom's story with a title that does not match the content...
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    fulle , June 1, 2010 10:35 PM
    The Moto DROID doesn't have Snapdragon... but the Droid Incredible does.
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    gfg , June 1, 2010 10:59 PM
    where is the dual core????
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    joytech22 , June 1, 2010 11:29 PM
    Mwahaahw! and the takeover begins..
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    descendency , June 2, 2010 1:20 AM
    The next story needs to be "Nexus Two confirmed".
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    kronos_cornelius , June 2, 2010 3:49 AM
    Ok, show of votes:
    Qualcom Snapdragon dual-core vs Nvidia Tegra 2 ?

    I still go for the Tegra, but it is mostly my consumer loyalty speaking.
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    micr0be , June 2, 2010 4:05 AM
    jane this is the first time you fail badly with a title.
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    Tomtompiper , June 2, 2010 8:40 AM
    "Qualcomm says the latter is a multimode chipset that can connect to HSPA+ or EV-DO Rev. B, high-speed networks, while the MSM8260 supports only HSPA+."


    Should multimode, read multinode? this would make more sense.
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    anamaniac , June 2, 2010 9:35 AM
    micr0bejane this is the first time you fail badly with a title.

    No, it isn't...
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    enzo matrix , June 2, 2010 12:45 PM
    kronos_corneliusOk, show of votes:Qualcom Snapdragon dual-core vs Nvidia Tegra 2 ?I still go for the Tegra, but it is mostly my consumer loyalty speaking.

    You'll be wanting to compare the ARM processor in the tegra 2 to the snapdragon
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    zaznet , June 2, 2010 6:28 PM
    Title says multicore and article says multimode. Is this a dual core chip?
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 7:08 PM
    Nothing like watching 1080 video on a 720p screen!