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Qualcomm Will Have Quad Core Snapdragon Running In Tablets In 2012

Qualcomm has upped the ante by announcing that quad core Snapdragon chipsets will run on Windows 8 tablets by the second quarter of 2012.

This tallies with claims from the boss of Nokia France that the company will have a similar device running by around this period, which will almost certainly be powered by Qualcomm.

The quad-core chips will be part of the Snapdragon S4 range, which is Qualcomm's top of the range chipset family and runs between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz.

We already know that the S4 will come with DirectX 9.3 compatibility as well as integrated 3G and 4G modem - something the competition doesn't yet offer - and will use a 28nm manufacturing process which should help cut down on power consumption.

The first quad core tablet, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, was launched earlier in November and comes with a Tegra 3 quad core chipset from rival Nvidia.

The other Windows 8 for ARM launch partner, Texas Instruments, also has plans to release quad core chipsets later this year. The announcement came as Qualcomm released eight new S4 chipsets, bringing the total number of S4 products to 11.

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.