Qualcomm Enables High-end Smartphones With New Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset

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News Posted: Tue, Jun 1 2010 2:40 PM

Qualcomm announced the third generation of its popular Snapdragon family of chipsets. The new Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions use two of the company's enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. According to Qualcomm, the MSM8260 and MSM8660 are the first members of the Snapdragon family to have a dual-core processor. The dual cores will enable smartphones to have enough processing power to handle video at 1080p and screen resolutions up to 1280 x 800. The company is currently shipping engineering samples of the new chipsets to smartphone makers.

Qualcomm Ships First Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset

Third-generation Snapdragon Solutions Feature Two Application Processor Cores Running up to 1.2 GHz to Enable Advanced Smartphones

TAIPEI, Taiwan  – June 01, 2010 – Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of wireless technologies, products and services, today announced the Company has sampled its first dual-CPU Snapdragon™ chipsets. The Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM8260™ and MSM8660™ solutions integrate two of the Company’s enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. Targeted at enabling high-end smartphones, the MSM8x60 solutions are third-generation chipsets from the Company’s expanded Snapdragon platform, which has been powering smartphones, tablets and smartbook devices in markets around the world.

“Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon chipsets set a new standard for advanced smartphones and smartbook devices, and our second-generation solutions are already shipping in volume,” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We are very excited by the innovation our customers are already showing as they begin designing products based on our dual-core MSM8260 and MSM8660 chipsets.”

The MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. B feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance, including a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of chipset solutions includes:

  • First-generation products: QSD8x50™ with 1GHz enhanced core
  • Second-generation products: MSM8x55™ and QSD8x50A™ with 1GHz enhanced core, including multimedia optimizations and 1.3GHz enhanced core, respectively
  • Third-generation products: MSM8260, MSM8660 and QSD8672 with dual-CPU architecture featuring enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively
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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jun 2 2010 2:02 AM

The way it is stated it makes me wonder if this is two seperate processors or a dual core processor. If it is two the energy usage will be much higher than if it was one single dual core chip.

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Chainzsaw replied on Wed, Jun 2 2010 10:54 AM

Well, according to the quote "begin designing products based on our dual-core MSM8260" - it appears it actually is a dual-core CPU.

It wouldn't really make sense to make a CPU with dual core like how the Pentium 4 D was (Two actual processors "glued" together) as "gluing" 2 cpu's together is highly inefficient power wise especially for the smartphone market.

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