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Qualcomm Outs Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor

Semiconductor giant Qualcomm has announced the launch of a new processor today, the S4 Pro, which is an evolution of the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 which powers a number of popular smartphones and tablets.

The S4 Pro swaps the tried and trusted Adreno 220 for a newer Adreno 320 GPU which should allow it to pull ahead of the competition easily.

While Qualcomm did not provide with much technical details in its press release, it did say that the Adreno 320 is up to four times faster than the previous generation and comes with a number of "multimedia capabilities" including the so-called computational camera as well as dedicated hardware to accelerate Windows.

The GPU will be capable of delivering even more realistic 3D graphics through hardware acceleration using advanced rendering features like instancing, occlusion queries and multiple render targets.

Qualcomm also said that the S4 Pro will be optimised for Windows 8 for ARM but did not say whether it will stick to the current 1.5GHz clock speed or clock it even further; the company confirmed that S4 Pro based devices are expected to come to market in the second half of 2012.