Qualcomm Plans To Launch Extra-Snappy Dual-Core Snapdragon By Q4
The previous generation QSD8650. The 8672 promises an additional core and extra rawr.
By Q4 the tables may have turned. In June, Qualcomm shipped its first 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon and it expects to launch a 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672 built on 45nm technology. The new chip purportedly supports 1080P playback although Qualcomm's own webpage lists 1440x900 as the maximum resolution, supports HSPA+ networks, and offers increased 3D performance. Qualcomm lists up to 80M triangles/sec and 500M 3D pixels/sec as theoretical outputs for the QSD8672, up from 22M triangles/sec and 133M 3D pixels/sec on the QSD8x50.
It'll presumably be 2011 before we see devices built around the new processors, but this new flavor of Snapdragon might be capable of challenging the A4's performance while simultaneously delivering a performance-per-watt ratio that continues to make life difficult for the next generation of Atom processors Intel badly wants to see in mobile devices.