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Qualcomm Roadmap Shows Quad Core 2.5GHz Krait SoC Coming In 2013

Qualcomm's system on chip roadmap depicting the company's SoC strategy has been leaked online courtesy of MobileTechWorld.

Initially, the website (opens in new tab) published the link to the actual PDF and screen captures of the presentation as well, but Qualcomm's legal department requested that MobileTechWorld take down the documents.

Three parts have been outed though; the trio will use the Krait-architecture and be manufactured using a 28nm process. The MSM8960 will be the first Windows 8 certified SoC and will start shipping in the fourth quarter of the year. This dual core part is clocked between 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz (device manufacturers will choose the clock speed) with 1MB L2 cache and two memory channels.

It will come with a DirectX 9.3-compatible Adreno 225 GPU that can push out 125 million triangles per second. Interestingly the SoC supports full HD & 3D video recording as well as a 20-megapixel sensor.

In the third quarter of 2012, an MSM8930 part with one memory channel and two Krait cores clocked between 1GHz and 1.2GHz with 1MB L2 cache is due. Like the 8960, it will sport a DirectX 9.3 GPU, the Adreno 305, that reaches 80 million triangles per second.

The last part is the MSM8974, which is a quad core part clocked between 2GHz and 2.5GHz with 2MB L2 memory. Unlike the two previous SoC, this one has two LPDDR3 channels which will support both LTE, HSPA+ and TD-SCDMA.

The rest of the parts are fairly impressive; 1080p HD video with 60FPS and support for a 30-megapixel camera as well as Adreno 320 3D that can output up to 225 million triangles and is set to launch in Q1 2013.

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.