Last November we brought you news that Qualcomm was preparing to bring some serious processing power in the guise of its next generation Snapdragon mobile chipsets – and today it has delivered on that promise.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, the chip manufacturer announced the new processor micro-architecture, codenamed Krait, which will power the next generation Snapdragon chipsets and will offer speeds of up to 2.5GHz (that’s per core by the way), power improvement of 150 percent and a reduction in power use of up to 65 percent compared to the current crop of ARM-based CPU cores. These chipsets will be available in single, dual and quad-core models and include a new Adreno GPU series with up to four 3D cores, and integrated multi-mode LTE modem.
The multi-core chipsets, based on 28nm technology, will have support for WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM, support NFC and stereoscopic 3D video/photo (capture and playback), as well as the multi-mode LTE modem integration. The new Adreno GPU series should be powerful enough for the latest gaming-orientated handsets we can expect in the coming months following the official unveiling of the Xperia Play yesterday. At the high end, the Adreno 320 quad-core GPU will deliver up to 15 times the performance of the original Adreno to drive the latest games and stereoscopic 3D video on larger-screen devices. Qualcomm claims that the Adreno 320 will delivers a graphical performance similar to an Xbox or PS3.
The MSM8930 will be a single-core beast which Qualcomm claims will be the first single chip solution to bring LTE to the masses. It will include the Adreno 305 GPU but we won’t be seeing it until early 2012. Samples of the dual-core MSM8960 on the other hand will be shipping in Q2 of this year and will include the Adreno 225 GPU to give up to eight times the performance of the original Adreno.
However it is the quad-core APQ8064 which has us really excited as it is aimed at “mobile entertainment and computing devices” which basically means the next generation of tablets. This beast includes support for both PC and LP DDR memory, serial and PCIe interfaces, and multiple USB ports but won’t be shipping until early 2012. When we will see any of these devices powering our mobile phones or tablets is anyone's guess but we imagine it won't be anytime soon.