Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon chipsets launched

June 1, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Qualcomm has started to ship dual-core Snapdragon chipsets with processing speeds of up to 1.2 GHz. The chips were announced by the company in February 2009 and have been designed to work in high-end smartphones.

The new dual core chips are called MSM 8260 and MSM 8660 and are third generation Mobile Station Modem chips. They can process data at speeds of up to 1.2 GHz and are very high on performance. HSPA+ support is present on the MSM8260 while multi-mode HSPA+ support along with 1xEV-DO Rev.B is present on the MSM8660.  Components such as a Graphics Processing Unit as well as a GPS is present in both chipsets. The GPU is also accompanied by a 2D/3D acceleration engines. The video encoding and decoding capability for 1080p video is one of the prime features of these chipsets. They both have dedicated audio engines that consume very less power as well. Both chipsets provide support for 24-bit WXGA displays with a resolution of 1240×800 pixels.

There are two application cores along with a single modem core in these new chips instead of the single application core and modem core that is normally present in chips. Another version of these Snapdragon chips is also to be developed by Qualcomm by the end of this year to function in tablet PCs.

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