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Qualcomm Unveils Quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 54 comments

An even snappier dragon.

Qualcomm at the Mobile World Conference announced its next mobile processor architecture for the Snapdragon family. Qualcomm claims that the new processor micro-architecture, code-named Krait will offer speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and deliver 150 percent higher overall performance, as well as 65 percent lower power consumption than currently available ARM-based CPU cores.

While we're getting well acquainted with single and dual-core mobile ARM chips, the Krait will have a quad-core version, which also includes a quad-core Adreno GPU. The latest family of Snapdragon chipsets will include the 28 nm single-core MSM8930, the dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. All chipsets in the family will integrate a quad-combo of connectivity solutions — WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM — and include support for near field communication (NFC), as well as stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video and photo capture and playback.

At the high end, the Adreno 320 quad-core GPU will deliver up to 15 times the performance of the original Adreno. In fact, Qualcomm claims that the Adreno 320 will deliver similar graphics performance to today’s latest game consoles and output in full HD video to a 1080P flat panel display over HDMI.

The single-core MSM8930 is the world’s first single-chip solution with an integrated LTE modem (mind you, all the new Krait cores have built in LTE) designed to take LTE to mass market smartphones. It won't have the beefy GPU, however, but instead will have the Adreno 305 GPU – which is already already six times faster than the original Adreno.

Samples of the MSM8960 are anticipated to be available in Q2 2011 and samples of the MSM8930 and APQ8064 are anticipated to be available in early 2012.

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    kschen , February 15, 2011 12:02 AM
    I am still using a dual core laptop :( 
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    gmarsack , February 15, 2011 12:06 AM
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    lordcrazex , February 15, 2011 12:10 AM
    quad GPU muscle on d go sounds awesome to me. I want it. NOW! :) ....
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    banhuk , February 15, 2011 12:36 AM
    beauty :-). So obviously our 2012 smartphones will be both a phone and pc. Ie, hooking up to a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and into a tv or monitor via hdmi. i know this technology has been around for a while (i use to hook up my N95 to my bluetooth keyboard and connect it to my plasma via component leads). So I guess we just need someone to develop an android operating system capable of using the mouse pointer?? Does such software/tweak/hack exist??
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    pythy , February 15, 2011 12:37 AM
    kschenI am still using a dual core laptop

    I am still using my Pentium M laptop.....
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    dimamu15 , February 15, 2011 12:43 AM
    I don't understand, what for? well, mini xbox sounds sexy.
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    christop , February 15, 2011 12:44 AM
    quad phone...
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    liveonc , February 15, 2011 12:54 AM
    Enter Quad-ARM, enter Windows 8 ARM, enter Tegra Strikes Back. Welcome to the age of 5 minutes on battery ARM gaming... ;-)
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    oparadoxical_ , February 15, 2011 1:01 AM
    Great, now there will be phones that out perform my laptop in every category except for storage.
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    THEfog101 , February 15, 2011 1:19 AM
    banhukbeauty :-). So obviously our 2012 smartphones will be both a phone and pc. Ie, hooking up to a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and into a tv or monitor via hdmi. i know this technology has been around for a while (i use to hook up my N95 to my bluetooth keyboard and connect it to my plasma via component leads). So I guess we just need someone to develop an android operating system capable of using the mouse pointer?? Does such software/tweak/hack exist??


    My G1 has a mouse pointer inside the browser which is controlled by a trackball (upside down ball mouse lol) so the support is probably there, just needs to be utilized
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    SteelCity1981 , February 15, 2011 1:43 AM
    By then Octa Core CPU's will be in the highend to upper mainstream markets. Hexa Core CPU's will be more common in the mainstream to lower mainstream markets. Quad Core CPU's will be more common in the budget to ultra budget markets. While, Dual Cores CPU's will start to get phased out completely much like Single Core CPU's did a couple years ago.
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    megamanx00 , February 15, 2011 2:08 AM
    I'll be interested if I see it in an Archos tablet.
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    amk09 , February 15, 2011 3:01 AM
    mayankleoboy12.5 GHZ i wonder what the battery life is.probably less than 20 minutes.


    can you read?

    "Krait will offer speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and deliver 150 percent higher overall performance, as well as 65 percent lower power consumption than currently available ARM-based CPU cores."
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    palladin9479 , February 15, 2011 3:05 AM
    Misconception about battery life on mobile phones / applications is that the CPU is draining the most. In actuality its the screen that has the highest drain on the battery, upping the CPU to a higher performance model won't kill the battery near as much as increasing the brightness or getting a bigger screen.
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    fyasko , February 15, 2011 3:42 AM
    pythyI am still using my Pentium M laptop.....


    i'm still using a turion laptop
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    elcentral , February 15, 2011 4:07 AM
    i do know alot of ppl whos still on ibms and to does ppl rock on there is a reason they dont ewer die.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 15, 2011 4:09 AM
    fyaskoi'm still using a turion laptop

    I still have a working 286 in my garage...but that's useless nowadays.
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    MarioJP , February 15, 2011 4:19 AM
    Does this means Traditional gaming is going to be replaced by mobile gaming???
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    melvis72 , February 15, 2011 4:24 AM
    That's nice and all but how about somebody work on making the batteries last long on the phones. I like power just as much as everyone else but what good is it if the battery last next to nothing. I don't need a phone that as powerful as a desktop with no battery life, its a phone. Remember the good old day when a phone lasted days without a charge.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2011 4:37 AM
    few years back, game was a part of mobile, now a small device contained so many things popped in a option for phone.
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