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Qualcomm previews 28nm Snapdragon, touts 5x more speed

By Matthew
Nov 18, 2010
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  1. Powering a significant portion of today's smartphones, Qualcomm's Snapdragon is one of the most popular SoC solutions available. The company undoubtedly hopes to maintain that momentum as the competition heats up with products like Nvidia's dual-core Cortex A9-based Tegra 2, and today it shared details on one of its next-generation Snapdragon chips, the MSM8960.

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  2. On Par with XBOX360 and PS3? OMG I Need to See This
     
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    It isn't unbelievable though. It's simply showing how old and pathetic consoles were even in their design stages.
     
  4. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 75   +6

    The next Android phone shall be dual-core I predict it.
     
  5. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 409   +37

    Were?

    Ok then...

    My humor attempt aside, this is good news. I imagine if tablets catch on, having more power for Windows 7 powered tablets will be a huge benefit. Right now W7 just isn't streamlined enough for the limited power a tablet processor can provide.
     
  6. "It isn't unbelievable though. It's simply showing how old and pathetic consoles were even in their design stages."

    Wow you're really smart aren't you? Compare technology dating 5-6 years ago to the ones of today.
     
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I'm still getting used to the idea that my HTC has a 1GHz processor fitted inside it. Christ my laptop only has a single core 1.4GHz CPU! :haha:
     
  8. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    But you also need to remember that Ghz and architecture are very different. A processor can be plugging along at 3Ghz but have circles run around it by a more efficient arch at 2Ghz. Sometimes, cranking up the Hz only serves as a power drain with no viable performance improvement. That said, 1Ghz in a smartphone is still amazing, and next year they look to be shifting to high gear....
     
  9. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Thats a very good point. I suppose I was probably looking at it a bit simply. :haha:
     
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,056   +76

    I hope by the time this baby start getting into newer smart phones, WP7 have matured as a platform, so I can have couple of good reasons to dump this Cortex A8 1Ghz (I think it is called Hummingbird) processor based android phone :D
     
  11. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Dual-core processors, more powerful GPUs and higher power efficiency. All of these are great strides in the evolution of smartphones and highly desired features in the next generation of phones. I just hope that the manufacturers don't forget to build in the features which allow us to easily make a phone call, to send a simple text message and to take a quick picture. The stuff that we used to do when we first starting using mobile phones . :)
     
     
  12. though i agree that when consoles came out theyre graphics were apthetic however nice on the tv pc's were blwing them away before they were out for a year i do believe the article was making a comparison of the first gen snapdragon to the second gen snapdragon by stateing the difference is as big as the difference between a psp and a xbox360/ps3
     
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Maniac Posts: 1,073   +100

    it's very hard to believe that a smartphone could have the same gpu power as the ps3/xbox360. but just by looking at the numbers i can tell that future smartphones will be extremely powerful. and we can only go up from here.
     
  14. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    With this, and some of the other processors in the pipeline, I think once the first device is launched, we would have effectively come to the age of super-phones. Or rather super-devices. I'd love to own a device with this chip at its core.
     
  15. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 977   +87

    I think there's a bit of marketing in their words. I'm reading that their speed is on par with the other consoles. So if those consoles have a 700 MHz GPU, then this GPU runs about the same speed. (I'm just guessing at the numbers here folks.) I don't think this goes to say that their GPU can compute and return the same images that these systems can.

    I think it's like saying that they have a car as fast as another team on the track. But that team that they're comparing themselves to might have 60 identical cars on the track. So you're probably still better off betting that the Xbox or PS3 will give you the winning performance.
     
  16. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    Being at .22nm, what sort of power leakage will be present? I remember this was always an issue with AMD and Intel. I know Intel works some magic at .34 nm but .22? Same thing goes for SSD's. The smaller, the more errors it develops.
     
  17. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    That isn't the point. The point is that consoles are always called "current gen" P.S. It the tech was old in design stages. They knew this when they made them. My comment was referring to the original comment acting like it was some impossible spectacular feat.
     


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