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Qualcomm Reveals Next-Gen Snapdragon

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Qualcomm Reveals Next-Gen Snapdragon

While it may seem incredible, Qualcomm has claimed that its next generation Snapdragon will be the 28nm dual-core MSM8960 system-on-a-chip (SOC) , which will have five times the performance and consume 75 percent less power than the original Snapdragon. Not only that but it claims its next-gen GPUs will have the graphics capabilities of an Xbox 360 or a PS3. Nothing major then.

These bold statements were made by executive vice president, Steve Mollenkopf, who told delegates at an analyst conference in New York: “28nm will enable us to drive integration at the high end and you will also see migration into the mass smartphone market. We will take 28nm and use it to drive our technology leadership, while focusing on cost optimisation in the mid and lower tiers. We expect 28nm technology to further distance ourselves from the competition." Qualcomm is expected to release the 1.5Ghz dual-core QSD8672 before the end of this year which now sounds puny in comparison to the 5GHz of the MSM8960.

The MSM8960 will support WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM Radio but it also has a multi-mode LTE/3G modem too. These specs are seriously impressive but whether or not Qualcomm can deliver on such promises remains to be seen.

In relation to the reputed graphics capabilities, these are powered by an Adreno 300 GPU and the possibility that these are comparable to those in the PS3/Xbox is pretty real since the technology in the consoles is a few years old now – which in Silicon Valley terms is 57 years give or take. However the problem they do face is that of memory as to output graphics of this kind would require a lot of memory which would use a lot of power. While this won't be seen in the MSM8960, Qualcomm have said it would be used on all its SOCs from 2011 to 2013.

With mobile gaming becoming more and more popular, and the recent revelations about a Playstation Phone, it seems that SOCs such as this are the way forward an could see mobile phone users playing PS3-quality games on their handheld devices very soon.

LetsGo

November 18, 2010, 9:33 pm

TR "With mobile gaming becoming more and more popular, and the recent revelations about a Playstation Phone, it seems that SOCs such as this are the way forward an could see mobile phone users playing PS3-quality games on their handheld devices very soon."





Or If you have a Galaxy S type device you play it on your HD TV with a £2 Nokia lead :).





@Runadumb Hopefully SE will delay there PSP phone and put one of these in.

Andy0d2

November 18, 2010, 9:38 pm

5GHz !!!





I'm the last person you need to tell that GHz isn't everything but even so.

Jesper

November 18, 2010, 10:17 pm

I am not sure I quite understand the timeline. Are we looking at 2011 for this little wonder, and what is the time to consumer markets?





Anyway if it is uses less power then the current generation then the current generation I can't see how it could be a bad thing with such a potent SOC.

David Gilbert

November 19, 2010, 1:06 am

@Jesper We think we will be seeing this in consumer devices in late 2011 though as with all these hardware releases, things can be delayed or in the case of the 1.5Ghz Snapdragon sped up.





@LetsGo You absolutely can do that but that kind of takes the mobile out of mobile gaming...

Runadumb

November 19, 2010, 2:30 am

Glad to see Qualcomm are heading in the right direction as I was thinking the competition was about to leave them in their dust. Loving the 75% power reduction, thats incredible.





@LetsGo that would make way to much sense for SE ;)

speedyg2012

November 19, 2010, 2:48 am

I'll believe it when I see it.





(And hopefully it won't blow up the phone trying to play Sims 4... ;))

Occam's Razor

November 19, 2010, 3:52 am

Go on then, I'll do it.





Can it run Crysis?

J4cK1505

November 19, 2010, 6:45 am

Is it only me thinking major overstatement by saying it can match this gen consoles graphically

seka1980

November 19, 2010, 2:48 pm

YOUR STATMENT IS INCORRECT


"While it may seem incredible, Qualcomm has claimed that its next generation Snapdragon will be the 28nm dual-core MSM8960 system-on-a-chip (SOC) , which will have five times the performance and consume 75 percent less power than the original Snapdragon - oh and it will have the graphics capabilities of an Xbox 360 or a PS3. Nothing major then. "





Below is the correct story





"Qualcomm has separately announced that the Adreno 3xx GPU would be used in SoCs from 2011 - 2013 on a 28nm process. This appears to be the GPU family used in the next-generation Snapdragon. Even more interesting is Qualcomm stating that Adreno 3xx will have performance similar to the Xbox 360/PS3."

David Gilbert

November 19, 2010, 3:21 pm

@seka1980 Thanks for that. I have gotten a little ahead of myself and hoped to get everything all at once. Oh well

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