In a press release late Monday night, Qualcomm notified the world that they had officially launched the first dual-core third generation Snapdragon. The chipset consists of two different models: MSM8260™ and MSM8660™, one for UMTS HSPA+ and the other for CDMA respectively. The new class of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips can reach clockspeeds of 1.2 GHz, but Qualcomm is promising even better chips to come with the capability of reaching 1.5 GHz.
But, perhaps the more exciting news lies in Qualcomm’s statement that the new processors include “a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.” This will help the mobile chip-maker to compete with Samsung’s Hummingbird processor which, until now, has completely owned the Snapdragon class of processors in GPU tests. Plus, it opens up the Android world to some powerful 720p displays with 1080p capabilities.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of chipset solutions includes:
• First-generation products: QSD8x50™ with 1GHz enhanced core
• Second-generation products: MSM8x55™ and QSD8x50A™ with 1GHz enhanced core, including multimedia optimizations and 1.3GHz enhanced core, respectively
• Third-generation products: MSM8260, MSM8660 and QSD8672 with dual-CPU architecture featuring enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively