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Computex 2010 : Qualcomm Unleashes Dual CPU Snapdragon Chipsets

Qualcomm has announced that it has sampled its first dual CPU Snapdragon chipsets, the MSM8260 and the MSM8660, which support speeds of up to 1.2GHz, a slight improvement on the existing 1GHz.

Both models are part of what Qualcomm's calls third-generation products of which the QSD8250 (which powers the HTC Desire amongst others) was the first iteration.

These new Qualcomm chipsets are not even the fastest; the QSD8672, which has yet to appear in any products, is the fastest of them all and comes with two CPU clocked at 1.5GHz.

The only difference between the MSM8260 and the MSM8660 is the fact that the former supports HSPA+ and the other Multimode HSPA+ and 1xEV-DO Rev B.

As it has been the case for all the recent silicon product from Qualcomm, expect GPS, 2D/3D acceleration, Open GL ES support, 1080p hardware video encoding and decoding as well as support for 1280x800 pixels displays.

Both will be manufactured using 45nm rather than more advanced 32nm or even thinner processes; they will face some stiff competition over the next few months from Intel's Moorestown architecture as well as subsequent iterations.

This brings us to another question; Moorestown technology will be used in netbooks and similar devices but we have yet to see ANY, yet ANY such devices on sale in the UK (apart from ignominious 10-year old ARM-based gimmicks that run Windows CE).

So.... Qualcomm, where's are your Smartbooks?

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.