Qualcomm is becoming more aggressive it seems as the company announced the launch of two quad-core system-on-chip products, the MSM8225Q and the MSM8625Q, which will be part of the S4 Play sub-category and aimed primarily at entry level devices, including tablets and smartphones.
That’s right, quad core goodness will come to a smartphone or tablet near you. They will both support LPDDR2 memory and include support for 720p (display, video encode and decode) and whiel the 8225Q has an integrated UMTS modem, the 8625Q ups the ante with a multimode UMTS/CDMA modem as well.
Other features announced include support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using optional chipsets. The first devices based on these solutions are expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2013.
Qualcomm prefaced its press release saying that the move is going to help manufacturers to migrate from current S1 designs to S4 ones easily.
In addition, the company announced the availability of the MSM8930 which will support all China mobile phone operators with UMTS, CDMA, TD-SCDMA as well as LTE-TDD. It integrates two cores and should be available for sale in the first quarter of 2013 as well.