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Bsquare punts Touchpad dual-core Snapdragon chip to Android coders

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Wed Sep 28 2011, 14:41

TESTING OUTFIT Bsquare has released a testing and evaluation board featuring Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon APQ8060 chip.

qualcomm-snapdragonQualcomm's Snapdragon APQ8060 chip is the dual core ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) that was used in HP's doomed Touchpad. Now Bsquare has loaded the chip and its supporting components onto a PCB, giving developers JTAG, Ethernet and mini USB connectivity in the hope that Android software coders will employ the capabilities of the chip for development.

Bsquare's Dragonboard can have optional daughterboards added, effectively making it an exploded smartphone with a 480x800 touchscreen, two cameras, either 1MP and 5MP to simulate front and rear cameras. There's also an optional battery.

Tia Cassett, senior director of business development at Qualcomm said, "DragonBoard is the third development product BSQUARE has launched within the last 12 months. With this new board, BSQUARE is furthering its commitment to Android by expanding the availability of development tools and support services that are designed to help device makers and application developers accelerate their product development."

Given that Qualcomm won't be expecting WebOS development to happen on its APQ8060 chip anytime soon, it's a fair move to punt it over to Android developers in the hope that the chip will be seen as a benchmark for dual-core Android application development. µ


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