Qualcomm Expands Snapdragon S4 Processors Line

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[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Qualcomm  is adding two chipsets to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 family of mobile processors, the MSM 8226 and MSM8626 chipsets, along with Qualcomm Reference Design versions of both.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors with quad-core CPUs will bring multimedia and connectivity to 3G handsets. Featuring the Adreno 305 GPU, 1080p capture and playback, and up to a 13 megapixel camera, the MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors are optimized to deliver graphics and long battery life to smartphones. Both processors will be ready for customer sampling by the second quarter of 2013 for UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA.

Building on Qualcomm Technologies’ previous quad-core offering, both the MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors are fabricated using the 28nm technology node and will continue to support multi-SIM capabilities with Dual SIM, Dual Standby; and Dual SIM, Dual Active. In addition to quad-core CPU processing power, these chipsets incorporate the new WTR2605 multi-mode radio transceiver, optimized to address China specific requirements such as support for TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1xAdv and HSPA+. The WTR2605 transceiver comes with an integrated GPS core with GLONASS and Beidou support. The WTR2605 transceiver offers 40 percent power savings and 60 percent smaller footprint compared to previous generations, says Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Technologies will also be releasing Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of both MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors. The QRD program provides device manufacturers with handset development resources and access to an ecosystem of hardware and software vendors.  There have been more than 100 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs, and there are currently more than 100 designs in progress. The QRD versions of  the QRD8226 and QRD8626 will also be available for sampling by the second quarter of 2013.