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Qualcomm MSM 8960 chipset announced – new super power smartphones on the way

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Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon smartphone processor, the Qualcomm MSM 8960, and it’s a doozy. We’re talking 5x the performance of the current Snapdragon (1.2GHz dual core?) with 75% lower power consumption. Complete with integrated GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and FM, as well as next generation LTE 4G network compatibility on a single chip.

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What does this mean? Well, your next smartphone will likely rival a laptop in terms of functionality, and who knows the battery might last for two days per charge instead of one. Samples of the processor are due out next year. Here’s a link to the presentation PDF document.

  The first chip to feature the new CPU core will be the Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset. * The MSM8960 will be a dual-core chip using an upgraded CPU core based on a new micro-architecture that delivers approximately five times the performance of the original Snapdragon chip at 75% less power. * It will feature an integrated multi-mode modem that supports LTE as well as all 3G modes. * It will offer upgraded graphics capabilities with four times the performance of the original Snapdragon chip, as well as built-in integrated connectivity for WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth and FM. * The MSM8960 will also be the first Qualcomm chip built on 28 nanometer (nm) process technology and will begin sampling in 2011.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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