CES 2013: Qualcomm Intros New, Faster Snapdragon Mobile Processors

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600 chips

At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chip maker Qualcomm announced the upcoming availability of a new series of Snapdragon processors for smartphones.

The company has once again raised the bar in mobile computing performance through its newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors, which are said to be capable of delivering unparalleled user experiences.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 processor was designed for premium mobile and computing devices, promising up to 75 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

Built using the 28nm High Performance for mobile (HPm) technology node, the processor will ensure low power needs, Qualcomm notes.

The company also announced that the new Krait 400 CPU in quad configuration, clocked in at up to 2.3GHz, can deliver the best-in-class performance per watt.

“Additionally, asynchronous SMP architecture provides dynamic power sensing and control for peak performance per core, while extending battery life without the use of specialized cores,” the company said.

Qualcomm also announced the new Adreno 330 GPU with over two times the performance of the current Adreno 320 GPU, as well as the support for 2x32bit LP-DDR3 at 800MHz with industry-leading memory bandwidth of 12.8GBps packed inside its new processor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 also comes with fully integrated connectivity, new IZat location technology, and third-gen 4G LTE modem inside, with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps (Category 4).

The new processor also integrates the newest generation mobile Wi-Fi connectivity, 802.11ac, as well as USB 3.0, Bluetooth and FM Radio, while offering support for the capture, playback and display in UltraHD video (with four times 1080p pixel density).

At the moment, the company is sampling the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and expects it to be included in commercial devices by mid-year 2013.

As for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, it was built for high-end mobile devices, being able to provide users with great performance, rich graphics and enhanced experiences, while offering up to 40 percent better performance when compared to the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at lower power.

“The new processor offers system-wide architectural improvements, key component upgrades and expanded connectivity options,” the chip maker explains.

“The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor features a new Krait 300 quad-core CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz, a new speed enhanced Adreno 320 GPU and support for LPDDR3 memory. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is sampling now and is expected to be available in commercial devices by second quarter 2013.”

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