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Qualcomm releases two quad-core Snapdragon chips

Even though it said most users don't need them
Fri Sep 28 2012, 09:51
Qualcomm Snapdragon tablet screen

CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm has released two quad-core Snapdragon system-on-chip (SoC) processors as the firm goes up against Nvidia and Samsung.

Qualcomm has lagged behind its competitors when it comes to quad-core SoCs for smartphones and tablets, however the firm has now firmly put its foot into the quad-core market with two mainstream chips featuring four cores. The firm announced that its MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q SoCs will sport four cores and support LPDDR2 memory.

According to Qualcomm, bus bandwidth has improved to support HD 720p video encode and decode while the graphics unit can support HD 720p displays. The firm also announced support for LTE modems with the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q SoCs.

Cristiano Amon, SVP and copresident of mobile and computing products at Qualcomm said, "Our broad portfolio of Snapdragon S4 mobile processors delivers the optimal balance of features and performance for the high-volume smartphone segment. By offering both dual-core and quad-core CPU versions of the Snapdragon S4 Play processor, we are providing our OEM and operating partners a competitive and differentiated platform."

Qualcomm's decision to finally bring quad-core Snapdragon chips down to the mainstream comes after the firm told The INQUIRER that most users presently don't need quad-core chips.

While Qualcomm might believe there is little need for quad-core chips at present, a view that Apple seems to agree with, the company needs to produce quad-core chips so device makers can keep playing the core-count marketing game to win over punters. µ


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