Qualcomm Talks New Dual-core Snapdragon With 5x Performance

By 12:31 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 Comments

Qualcomm, the company behind Snapdragon, teased its successor - the MSM8960 has two cores, five times the performance, better graphics and a multi-mode 3G and 4G modem. They also have a couple of other dual-core systems using the current Snapdragon core but at higher frequency.

Two Systems on a Chip (SoC) we'll be seeing next year are the MSM8260 and MSM8660. They pack two Scorpion cores (same core as current generation Snapdragons) but run at 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) and they're shipping to manufacturers already.

The MSM8960 SoC steals the show however. It is based on a newer core and it has two of them - and they will have 5x the performance, compared to a single-core Snapdragon SoC. The recent Adreno GPU gives a 4x boost to the graphics compared to current Adreno GPUs (like in the HTC Desire) and elegant Qualcomm claims the performance will be similar to that of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

It's a pretty brecent claim, considering the MSM8960 also boasts a 75% reduction of the power consumption. Anyway, besides the Central Processing Units (CPU) and GPU, the SoC also includes support for all 3G modes and LTE Multi-Mode.

Current Snapdragon SoC powers both high-discontinue Androids and Windows Phone 7 mobiles. They will be replaced by the recent additions - in 2011 at the earliest.

Texas Instruments have talked about their next-gen Central Processing Units (CPUs) - Cortex A9 and one of the SoC based on it is the NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform. There are phones and tablets based on it that are in the works (or shipping already).




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