Google IO 2016 Coverage

Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Chips, Highlights Clear Intention To Trump The Competition… Again


Not intent on letting NVIDIA grab all the attention here at CES, Qualcomm has introduced a pair of new processors called the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. First off the bat, the 600 models will feature some incredible specs including a quad-core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to a whopping 1.9GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and will offer up to 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Sure the 600 series chips sound like they’ll be beastly as heck— but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Qualcomm.  The 800 models will take specs a step further and include a quad-core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to a sizzling 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304), full support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and wait for it— up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Incredible.

Just when you think the Snapdragon S4 Pro reaches the pinnacle— Qualcomm comes out of the blue and ups the ante yet again. The Snapdragon 600 series of chips are expected to be available in devices by Q2 of this year, while we’ll see Snapdragon 800 series are expected to be available by the year’s end. Hopefully you all can contain yourselves— but in the meantime, check out the presser after you hit the break. Oh and don’t forget to check out our continuous coverage of CES by clicking here.

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High Demand Causes Snapdragon S4 Chip Shortage


In Qualcomm’s earnings call today, the company said that they “cannot secure enough supply” of 28nm Snapdragon S4 chips as the demand continues to increase. We’ve seen manufacturers like Motorola switching to the S4 for its LTE compatibility. To combat the short supply, Qualcomm is looking at alternative chipsets, including their Fusion 2 series which can apparently sometimes be used as a substitute. Outsourcing to other manufacturers is also on the table, but Qualcomm admits that some non-Qualcomm chipsets will probably be used while it ramps up their own production by the end of the year. Higher-end handsets will get priority, while mid-range devices will be the first to get replacement chips. We have yet to know exactly how this will affect performance, but the replacement chips are supposedly similar enough that users won’t necessarily notice a difference.

source: seeking alpha
via: the verge

Qualcomm on Krait: “We sampled the Snapdragon MSM8960 ahead of schedule this quarter”

There may be a lot of competition for Android device manufacturers, but things have really heated up for the processors. Dual-core processors are finally starting to appear in more devices, but behind the scenes, the battle for the next generation of processors is at full throttle.

Qualcomm just had their Q3 2011 earnings call, and on the subject of Krait, Qualcomm Executive Vice President Steven Mollenkopf said, “We sampled the Snapdragon MSM8960 ahead of schedule this quarter. Our first 28-nanometer device will really go commercial at the end of this calendar year.”

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