Microsoft Updates Smart Phone Chassis

Software giant Microsoft has updated the minimum smart phone chassis requirements for its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.

The enhancement, which was announced during the company’s Mix11 conference, requires that future Windows Phone 7 smart phones use the second generation Snapdragon processors, an upgrade from the first generation processors used in current WP7 phones.

According to an article on Mobile Tech World (http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2011/04/14/new-windows-phone-7-chassis-unveiled-msm7x30-and-msm8x55/), original equipment manufacturers will be required to use the Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 processors in future WP7 smart phones.

The Snapdragon processors, which come with the Adreno 205 GPU, are referred to as second generation Snapdragon processors that have more processing power and drain power from the battery more slowly.

Microsoft said that it was working with silicon vendors to take advantage of the latest processors for the Windows Phone 7 platform.

“We have been working with them to reduce the heavy lifting they have to do writing device drivers to take advantage of all the new functionality. We will produce most of the common device driver code for the platform and the hardware vendors only need to write the very silicon specific parts,” Microsoft’s Itsvan Cser said in a statement while unveiling the new chassis.