Qualcomm revs dual-core Snapdragon to 1.2GHz

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Qualcomm has shipped the first of its dual-CPU Snapdragon chipsets for next-gen smartphones.

According to company spokesperson Steve Mollenkopf, the Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 platforms integrate two "enhanced" cores running at up to 1.2GHz.

Qualcomm revs dual-core Snapdragon to 1.2GHz"Qualcomm's first-generation Snapdragon chipsets set a new standard for advanced smartphones and smartbook devices and our second-generation [platforms] are already shipping in volume.

"Targeted at enabling high-end smartphones, the MSM8x60 solutions are third-generation chipsets from [our] expanded Snapdragon platform, which has been powering smartphones, tablets and smartbook devices in markets around the world."

Mollenkopf also explained that both dual-core platforms feature an optimized GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1.

In addition, the chipsets boast support for 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS and 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

He added that Qualcomm was working on another, dual-core, third-generation chipset known as QSD8672 which is slated to clock in at 1.5GHz.

It should be noted that a number of Snapdragon-powered devices are currently being showcased at Computex 2010, including:

  • Acer's Liquid and neoTouch smartphones
  • Dell's Streak 5" Android tablet
  • HP's Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook
  • HTC's Droid Incredible and Nexus One smartphones
  • Huawei's S7 tablet
  • Lenovo's LePhone smartphone