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Qualcomm chipset targets £100 smartphones

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Sat Feb 14 2009, 09:28

QUALCOMM has announced a new chipset for low-end smartphones, along with additions to its HSPA+ chipset.

The MSM7227 chipset is aimed at  the sub-$150 (£100) smartphone bracket. It features HSDPA/HSUPA for broadband data speeds over 3G networks and support for all leading mobile operating systems including Android, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.

The chipset features a 600MHz applications processor with a floating point unit, a 400MHz modem processor, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, integrated Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS, an 8-megapixel camera and 30fps WVGA video encode and decode and display support.

Qualcomm said it expects smartphones based on the chip to ship later this year.

The firm  also announced the new Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260, MSM8660 and MSM8270 chipsets for mobile handsets, and the Mobile Data Modem (MDM) MDM8220 for data applications.

The mobile handset models are designed with a Scorpion 1.2GHz processor and 600MHz DSP for high levels of web application and multimedia performance, alongside support for 3D/2D user interfaces and console-quality gaming via dedicated, high-performance graphics engines, said the firm.

There is also integrated Assisted GPS, support for 24-bit WXGA (1,280 x 800) displays and 45nm process technology for reduced power consumption.

The HSPA+ technology effectively doubles the end user's bandwidth from 5MHz to 10MHz by aggregating two HSPA carriers in parallel to enhance web 2.0 experiences, Qualcomm said. µ


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