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Qualcomm Reveals Own 64-bit LTE Chip for Mobile

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Qualcomm expects its new 64-bit chip to appear in devices in the second half of 2014.

As expected, on Monday Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 410 chipset, the company’s first mobile chipset that supports 64-bit processing. The new Snapdragon also arrives with integrated LTE World Mode, allowing the company to take aim at low-end devices and emerging markets such as China. Qualcomm follows Apple, the latter of which introduced the first 64-bit smartphone chip in the iPhone 5S back in September.

"The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China," reads the company’s announcement.

The new Snapdragon 410 chipset is manufactured using 28nm technology, the same processing tech it uses for its fastest chips such as the Snapdragon 800, which powers the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3. The chipset also features the Adreno 306 GPU, enabling support for 1080p video playback. The new Snapdragon even supports up to a 13MP camera, all major modes and frequency bands across the globe, and Dual and Triple SIM.

The Snapdragon 410 chipset also features Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and supports all major navigation constellations (GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou). All major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems, are supported by the new Snapdragon as well.

"We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor," said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. "The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing."

The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014, and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014, the company revealed.

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    renz496 , December 10, 2013 6:41 AM
    lol i thought Qualcomm said that 64 bit is gimmick :p 
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    outlw6669 , December 10, 2013 6:48 AM
    64-Bit IS a gimmick; at least for the next few years until we start seeing phones/tablets with more than 4GB RAM.

    That being said, it is still nice to get ahead of the game and give developers 64-bit hardware to develop on while looking to the future.
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    weierstrass , December 10, 2013 7:43 AM
    Just like no keyboard phones, high resolution displays and ultra thin laptops it would have took years to get there is apple where not there to force competitors to take action.
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    the1kingbob , December 10, 2013 8:04 AM
    Are you joking? Years to get there? They were developing this chip for some time now for low power server environments. They just released it now to show they can. I am not sure why they developed it for cheap phones since cheap phones don't have more than 4GB of ram.
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    jimmysmitty , December 10, 2013 8:13 AM
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    Are you joking? Years to get there? They were developing this chip for some time now for low power server environments. They just released it now to show they can. I am not sure why they developed it for cheap phones since cheap phones don't have more than 4GB of ram.


    No phone has more than 2GB of RAM right now and it is rumored the next Samsung Galaxy may have 3GB.
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    jimmysmitty , December 10, 2013 8:38 AM
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    Just like no keyboard phones, high resolution displays and ultra thin laptops it would have took years to get there is apple where not there to force competitors to take action.


    That is incorrect. Samsung was developing the Omnia before the iPhone was released and it had no keyboard. I originally wanted one as it was a pretty high end phone for the time.

    Appl has never done high resolution displays nor was it them that forced it, as its been the technology that needed to catch up. They don't even have 1080p yet and I have heard some companies are looking to push 2560x1600 on phones.

    Apple is not as innovative as they seem. A lot of their ideas come from other places. They are just big enough for people to see it. Its like people think Thunderbolt was their idea, nope it was Intels. Apple just adopted it first.

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    Are you joking? Years to get there? They were developing this chip for some time now for low power server environments. They just released it now to show they can. I am not sure why they developed it for cheap phones since cheap phones don't have more than 4GB of ram.


    No phone has more than 2GB of RAM right now and it is rumored the next Samsung Galaxy may have 3GB.


    People like you should refrain from commenting. Why? Because the Samsung Note 3 has 3 gb of ram. Let me guess, you are an iphone fanatic?


    The Note 3 is a Phablet, not a phone. No phone, meaning one that's not massive in size, has more than 2GB.

    BTW, I happen to have a Galaxy S4 and have never nor will I ever own a iPhone as I think they are over priced and too small while the S4 feels just right in my over sized hands.

    And if you are going to act like this, I might just give you a temp ban because we don't need this kind of behavior.
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    digiex , December 10, 2013 8:46 AM
    AMD64 is already 10years old but still more than 50% of PC applications still uses 32bit codes.
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    g00fysmiley , December 10, 2013 9:04 AM
    firefox OS is only on a few devices for now but a while back you sould get a full firefox device on ebay for $89 made for a good backup phone or smartphone burner if you need that. some positive and some negative reviews likely based on who buys ad revenue on a site.

    i would agree with the commentor abotu the note3 being a phone i know it is sold and displayed with phones and such and people often have it and a tablet it is not a replacment for one not a big enough screen (heck i want a 6+" nexus phone and would still call it a phone ) though i would have said it less... acusitorily
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    bombebomb , December 10, 2013 9:05 AM
    64bit is here, now let's wait for it to be mass adopted.
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    ZolaIII , December 10, 2013 11:32 AM
    I totally em not impressed with Qualcomms lo end socs & this one is a typical representative of that bat at least they learned something so they are packing new radio
    & a rebranded old GPU. Broadcom, Media Tek, Rockchip & Allwiner will eat them alive in most markets! They are worst scum from developers perspective & they will be getting that what they deserved!
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    ericburnby , December 10, 2013 5:49 PM
    People who say 64bit only matters with 4GB of RAM have no business commenting on a tech forum.

    I guess all those 64bit workstations from the 90's that had 64-512MB RAM were all gimmicks too, and never gave any advantages whatsoever.
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    ericburnby , December 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    2) act like what? you want to ban me, go ahead little boy. Make yourself feel powerful little boy.


    Watch out, we've got a badass over here.
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    southernshark , December 10, 2013 8:31 PM
    Oh well, it's pretty meaningless anyway.

    Next year we will see Broadwell chips creeping into the phone market and that trend will accelerate with Skylake and beyond a Intel continues to shrink the die and upgrade the chip/GPU. The future of phones is x86.
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    ericburnby , December 11, 2013 6:40 AM
    Apple has doubled performance in their mobile processors two years straight with their custom A6/A7. How many new Intel chips in the last few years offered double the performance of the previous processor?

    Intel better step things up to compete with the A8 next year, which will outperform what Intel has if they keep to their current level of progress.