ComputerWorld wrote last Monday that Qualcomm, maker of many of the processors in today's Android devices, will ship their first dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processors in Q4 of this year, with the possibility of seeing devices launching with the processors before the end of the year, if some vendors agressively develop their device.
The ComputerWorld article mentions possible destinations for the new chips:
The company will ship the dual-core QSD8672 chip with CPU cores running at up to 1.5GHz, said Mark Frankel, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. The chip could go into smartphones, tablets and low-cost laptops, he said.
Engadget adds that "the fancy new 8672 is based on an ARM design and will be crafted using a 45nm process technology, and the individual voltage scaling will enable each core to be clocked independently of the other in order to maximize battery life and performance." MobileCrunch writes that "Qualcomm claim a 30% battery life increase over single-core chips because of this technology."
Gizmodo notes that the chip should "support 1080p playback, along with DDR2, DDR3 and HDMI components." However, MobileCrunch points out that 1080p video playback is likely "total overkill for a phone with limited storage space."
It is important to note that Qualcomm started shipping their first dual-core processors back around the beginning of June, and that they now seem to be nearly ready for a 1.5GHz shipment. Crazy, huh?
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