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Qualcomm Introduces 2.5GHz Quad-core Mobile Processors, Holy Sh*t!

Not a type-o or exaggeration in that title.  Qualcomm actually did announce today at MWC that they have quad-core (APQ8064) Snapdragon processors in the works that can run at 2.5GHz on each core.  2.5GHz. Per. Core. Four of them.  They will also offer single (MSM8930) and dual-core (MSM8960) variants, but the whole family apparently delivers 150% higher overall performance and 65% lower power consumption than currently available ARM-based cores.  Talk about ridiculous.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.  We won’t see any of these in devices for a while (possible a year) with the dual-core going into sampling in the next couple of months and the single and quad-cores not until 2012,  Still, feel free to start dreaming of what we can do with that kind of power.

Some nice stuff coming out of the Qualcomm camp including news that devices with their processors will be the first to see the Netflix Android app.   

Qualcomm Announces Next-generation Snapdragon Mobile Chipset Family

Mobile Technology Leader Debuting New Quad-, Dual- and Single-core Snapdragon Chipsets with a new CPU Architecture

BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 14, 2011 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced its next mobile processor architecture for the Snapdragon family. The new processor micro-architecture, code-named Krait, in the next-generation Snapdragon will redefine performance for the industry, offering speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and delivering 150 percent higher overall performance, as well as 65 percent lower power than currently available ARM-based CPU cores. These chipsets will be available in single-, dual- and quad-core versions and include a new Adreno® GPU series with up to four 3D cores, and integrated multi-mode LTE modem.

The latest family of Snapdragon chipsets will include the single-core MSM8930™, the dual-core MSM8960™ and the quad-core APQ8064™. All chipsets in the family will integrate a quad-combo of connectivity solutions — WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM — and include support for near field communication (NFC), as well as stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video and photo capture and playback. Support for every major operating system, across all tiers of products, comes standard on all Snapdragon chipsets.

The software compatible chipset family will share the same 28nm technology and new, purpose-built CPUs and GPUs for the best mobile performance at the lowest power consumption. The latest Adreno GPUs will also be included in the family, allowing developers to continue to utilize high-performance Adreno graphics capabilities to drive spectacular gaming and user experiences across all device tiers. The Adreno GPU has the largest mobile graphics ecosystems with hundreds of games for Android, Windows Phone 7 Xbox gaming, and PlayStation Certified gaming.

At the high end, the Adreno 320 quad-core GPU will deliver up to 15 times the performance of the original Adreno to drive the latest games and S3D video on larger-screen devices. Adreno 320 delivers similar graphics performance to today’s latest game consoles, but for mobile devices. In addition, the chipset family will support 3D and S3D games, capture and playback of S3D photos and videos, and output in full HD to a 1080P flat panel display over HDMI.

“Just as the original Snapdragon revolutionized smartphones with the first 1GHz processor, these new generations of Snapdragon will revolutionize the next wave of mobile entertainment and computing,” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group president for Qualcomm. “We believe we have an incredible lineup of chips and software, representing a single platform that OEMs can utilize to create new devices ranging from mass market smartphones with integrated LTE, to tablets, to next generation computing and entertainment devices.”

The single-core MSM8930 is the world’s first single-chip solution with an integrated LTE modem designed to take LTE to mass market smartphones. It will include the new Adreno 305 GPU which delivers more than six times the performance of the original Adreno.

The dual-core MSM8960 is the world’s first dual-core solution with an integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem and was designed to meet the requirements of multi-tasking smartphones and tablets. It will include dual asynchronous CPU cores which can be independently controlled for maximum efficiency. The MSM8960 will also support dual-channel LP DDR memory and will feature the Adreno 225 GPU which delivers eight times the performance of the original Adreno.

The quad-core APQ8064 will be designed to meet the performance requirements of the next generation of computing and entertainment devices while minimizing power consumption. As with the Snapdragon dual-core, the APQ8064 will include four asynchronous CPU cores which can be independently controlled for maximum efficiency. The Adreno 320 quad-core GPU debuts in the APQ8064 processor where it enables console-quality gaming and renders rich user interfaces.

The APQ8064 will also include a variety of features that make it a compelling processing solution for use in mobile entertainment and computing devices, including support for both PC and LP DDR memory, serial and PCIe interfaces, and multiple USB ports. The APQ8064 will also seamlessly integrate with Qualcomm 3G and LTE MDM™ modems and modules, giving OEMs a flexible and cost-efficient platform that can meet all of their design configuration needs and help reduce time to market.

Samples of the MSM8960 are anticipated to be available in Q2 2011 and samples of the MSM8930 and APQ8064 are anticipated to be available in early 2012.

For more information about the Snapdragon processor’s next-generation CPU architecture, the first quad-core CPU and GPU features, and to see many of the top new devices powered by Snapdragon processors, please visit us during the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2010 (Booth 8B53, Hall 8), Feb. 14-17 in Barcelona or visit www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere. For more information, visit Qualcomm around the Web:
www.qualcomm.com
Corporate Blog: www.qualcomm.com/blog
Twitter: www.twitter.com/qualcomm
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Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of APQ8064, MSM8960 and MSM8930 components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which the Snapdragon platform is adopted, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2010, and most recent Form 10-Q.

  • Uplink

    nVidia had quad core first

    • DBK

      These are clocked way higher, are better quality, and perform better with phones.

  • Comefeel

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    • Porno

      내가 농담이 아냐!

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    I will DEFINITELY not be using my early upgrade. {{o_0}}

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.orlando1 -Christopher Orlando

    This is exactly why im getting the TB, b/c the phones in late 2012 will be bad @zz so I dont want to get a phone late 2011 and be stuck with it.
    3D?
    Quad core?
    these will be a lot better then…

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    Stick it in a 4″ HTC with an LTE radio, a gig of RAM and the latest flavor of Android and you might be describing my next phone…

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Wow…very crazy. This will blow all currents phones away, easily(obvious statement). Quad-core…WOW!

  • http://www.borderinvasionpics.com FlatFoot

    My phones are obsolete before I even buy them.
    I really really hate that fact.

    I guess I’ll just wait as long as I can bear, at soonest when the Verizon quads hit the shelves, then I’ll get a new phone and dump this Motobloata. Dangit. I really wanted to sell back my DroidX and get that Thunderbolt too :/

  • tjhrulz

    Just gotta say the quad core it says somewhere else will be for tablets only until a later time

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    this is like a spoiler alert on life

  • CIFchamp24

    Aww. I get no love. I sent in articles on Netflix and these Quad-core processors.

  • Buckgrad

    Ah…my contract is up in August 2012. What wonders await! And MAYBE I can stream Netflix then. ;)

    • Anonymous

      march 2012 for me. by then theyll have the 6 geez and they can has the more geebeez

  • Anonymous

    im confused…10 GHZ? If they have that, why aren’t they putting it in laptops rather than smartphones…..? Somebody please enlighten me.

    • Anonymous

      They have had equivalent processors in desktops and laptops for a few years. Four cores at 2.5 GHz is not the same as 10 GHz.

  • http://twitter.com/smpage smpage

    Good thing I don’t qualify for an upgrade until 2012!

    • Anonymous

      haha me too. march 24, 2012 is my upgraded and i updgraded july 24 to the droid x when i was released

  • Rizzidy

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Quad-core processors are old.

    • Anonymous

      Not on phones.

  • Anonymous

    All the more reason to only go with one year contracts. Don’t get rid of them Verizon!

    • Anonymous

      no this is the more reason to go with two years so that you dont blow off 600 dollars every 2 months for the best android phone out and then a new ones comes out 2 months later

      • Anonymous

        How does having a two year contract help with that?

  • Oh My

    Cue up the Lonely Island, because I just…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnWf1sQkjY

  • Chris Nimon

    O_0 Qualcomn, will you be my valentine? :)

  • Rocktoonz

    I”m far more interested in the 65% lower power consumption than I am the performance boost, but still, wow….now if they could just figure out how to solar-power the things and get rid of batteries!

  • Mr.Joe

    Can we start calling them Gorgeous Snapdragon now?

  • fartbubbler

    oh my!

  • Andrew Hewitt

    … WHY?!?!?!

  • Andrew Hewitt

    … WHY?!?!?!

  • Zach

    Hopefully this is on phones next March :)

  • Zach

    Hopefully this is on phones next March :)

  • Anonymous

    These are like mad scientists trying to one-up each other in the lab…..I LOVE IT!!!!

  • DBEvans

    I saw this earlier today – I wish I could hold out for those chips, but I need a new phone soon (old one is on suicide watch), so can’t wait it out.

    But, it seems odd that the single core chips are coming out after the dual-core chips in this line … are the new single cores intended to go after the future of the entry-level phones?

  • DBEvans

    I saw this earlier today – I wish I could hold out for those chips, but I need a new phone soon (old one is on suicide watch), so can’t wait it out.

    But, it seems odd that the single core chips are coming out after the dual-core chips in this line … are the new single cores intended to go after the future of the entry-level phones?

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

      I feel your pain… my OG Droid is starting to fade. I’m thinking that is senile now

      • Anonymous

        Put it on the medicine that is a custom ROM. I’m running Project Elite which I found out about here and it’s really made me appreciate my phone again. I installed the screen animations on it and its just great and wows me all over again. I love the Droid and Android so much because you can really refresh your phone and keep it exciting to you.

        • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

          Just put the Gingerbread rom for the OG Droid from Peter Alfonso on it… and i must say, its behavin like a young chap again

        • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

          Just put the Gingerbread rom for the OG Droid from Peter Alfonso on it… and i must say, its behavin like a young chap again

        • Anonymous

          Check out a CM 7 nightly it made my slow old Droid feel like a new phone fast and responsive!

        • Anonymous

          Check out a CM 7 nightly it made my slow old Droid feel like a new phone fast and responsive!

    • Hoot352

      Well these kind of phones are at least a year out. When it comes time that they do come out, just think of what the technology prospects will be a year out from then. There’s always gonna be a better device on the horizon.

  • Keithsmnr

    I swear I will hold onto my Droid until these are available.

  • Keithsmnr

    I swear I will hold onto my Droid until these are available.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    NEWS UPDATE: Qualcomm has developed Artificial Intelligence while removing all world world hunger, curing cancer, and performing a brain transplant!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    NEWS UPDATE: Qualcomm has developed Artificial Intelligence while removing all world world hunger, curing cancer, and performing a brain transplant!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    there you go. why is anyone shocked? you think that is the stopping point on speeds? ha ha ha

    announcements like this is why the Xoom, Bonic, Thunderbolt and whatever else is about to drop that people are so enamored with are already of no interest to me. they are already dated

  • FortitudineVincimus

    there you go. why is anyone shocked? you think that is the stopping point on speeds? ha ha ha

    announcements like this is why the Xoom, Bonic, Thunderbolt and whatever else is about to drop that people are so enamored with are already of no interest to me. they are already dated

    • Anonymous

      True, but with tech these days most things are outdated before they actually ship. Especially in the phone/tablet mobile segment of the market. That’s why you buy a device that you like and just commit. By the time quad cores actually ship in a device everyone will have announced or be on the verge of announcing sexta- or octa- cores or quad cores clocked at 4GHZ each or that make your phone last for a week.

    • Littlemanjdm6

      Nice logic. So I guess that means you’ll never have to buy an electronic device again.

  • Anonymous

    Instant game changer!! I caught this news early this morning checking info on the MWC. Qualcomm just said GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON & GOOD NIGHT to everyone in the room. Case Closed.

  • Anonymous

    Instant game changer!! I caught this news early this morning checking info on the MWC. Qualcomm just said GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON & GOOD NIGHT to everyone in the room. Case Closed.

  • Dkb224

    The title Should really have this ZOMGWTFBBQ!!!!

  • Dkb224

    The title Should really have this ZOMGWTFBBQ!!!!

    • DBK

      Or this:

      O.O

    • DBK

      Or this:

      O.O

  • Kevoskee

    2.5GHz quad core is like having a rocket in your hand! Now let me clean the mess I made in my pants

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      Did you make a mess in your pants because of the phone or because you already put a rocket in your hand?

      • Kevoskee

        Yeah, my own rocket lol

      • Kevoskee

        Yeah, my own rocket lol

  • Anonymous

    Holy Sh*t! Indeed! Add this to the Netflix news, and Qualcomm wins my heart this Valentine’s day.

    • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

      Well, at least I can look forward to something for my last Renew-Every-Two, which would be an HTC with one of these in it. The Thunderbolt will have to hold me off till then…

    • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

      Well, at least I can look forward to something for my last Renew-Every-Two, which would be an HTC with one of these in it. The Thunderbolt will have to hold me off till then…

    • Anonymous

      One more reason to buy HTC. I know who’s going to make my next phone.

  • Anonymous

    Think my heart just exploded.

    • DBK

      Along with your mind, I presume :)

    • DBK

      Along with your mind, I presume :)

  • firsty MC 1st

    first XD

    • GUEST

      right…

    • DBK

      lol Missed by that much….

    • DBK

      lol Missed by that much….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nat-Thompson/1304370425 Nat Thompson

    well i dont know about the rest of you but i got my OG christmas ’09. maybe. just maybe they can have a flagship ready by this winter! :)

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Yep! I’m in the same boat as you. I’m really looking forward to some Quad-Core Action when its time for me to upgrade

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Yep! I’m in the same boat as you. I’m really looking forward to some Quad-Core Action when its time for me to upgrade

    • Anonymous

      I’m in the same boat. I’m waiting for something that really calls to me like the OG Droid. I want a keyboard on my phone and they seem to make qwerty phones as like 2nd tier high end phones. Like all the flagship phones come as slates because your flagship device has to be thin and all. It’s annoying.

  • Mike

    I hope battery tech advances sometime in the near future to be able to handle all these. I know they say less power consumption, but I’m skeptical.

    • kw

      They are starting to create batteries with nano-carbs in it that store like 100 times the amount of energy in it. I don’t think there will be battery issues with those batteries… :)

      • Anonymous

        I saw a history channel show about carbon nano tubes a few years ago, but I haven’t heard of anything since. Are people actually starting to develop these batteries now?

        The “uses 65% less power” is probably comparing it current technology used at those speeds, which would be a lot of power. But I also really hope batteries get improved in the near future

  • ANTONkoolaid

    Nice.