Qualcomm, chip provider for HTC and BlackBerry smartphones, has revealed some of the details on its next-generation processors. The Snapdragon S4 line will be significantly faster than the current versions.
It is going to include single-core, dual-core, and quad-core versions maxing out at 2.5GHz. The S3 series tops out at 1.5GHz.
Like its predecessor, the S4 series will include an Adreno GPU that supports 3D and 1080p video, as well as 3G and 4G HSPA+. A new feature will be support for 4G LTE.
Qualcomm SVP for Product Development said that the Snapdragon S4 line is going to start shipping to device makers before the end of this year. The first products based on it will launch in early 2012.
However, the initial run won’t necessarily be 2.5GHz processors — that’s the maximum speed these chips will offer, not the minimum. It’s possible a 2GHz version might debut first.
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For those who are unfamiliar with the process, Qualcomm does not design the core of its processors. Instead it licenses the designs from ARM Holdings, as does Apple, Samsung and TI. Qualcomm takes these designs and adds additional features then produces the actual hardware chip.