Qualcomm just announced the shipment of their first dual-core Snapdragon processors, which will have the ability, among others, to support WXGA 1280 x 800 displays. However, as Engadget notes, "the big question" is what phones from which manufacturers are going to be receiving the chips, and when will they hit the market?
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An interesting developement revealed in the announcement is the support got 1080p video encoding and decoding. After seeing the performance of the EVO 4G's 720p video encoding, i think that this ability might unfortunately make manufacturers look past the sorry state of the quality/sensitivity of the cameras in our smartphones and instead focus on mediocre 1080p video.
Here is the press release published in Gizmodo's article on the news:
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 1, 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
Engadget alo mentions that "an even quicker version of the Snapdragon would be launched before the year's end, and as you'd likely surmise, it'll be aimed at "larger screen" devices -- you know, like slates and tablet PCs."
Other Sources: Gizmodo
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