The Qualcomm Snapdragon is one of the most utilized chipsets for smarpthones today. It's used by just about every OEM, thanks to its robust performance and great power management. With Texas Instruments and Nvidia doing multi-core mobile processors (and hey, don't forget about Intel!), it's no wonder that Qualcomm would want to do likewise. Today they announced their next-generation of mobile processors, with speed bumps of up to 2.5GHz per core and performance gains of 150% compared to current-generation chips. As the press release states:
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 press release continues with some pretty technical verbiage. What you need to know is that the dual core MSM8960 will be shipping in Q2 of this year, with the single core MSM8930 and quad core AP8063 coming around in early 2012. We'll certainly see some of the CPU products show up in HTC devices, perhaps the Desire HD2.