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Qualcomm adds two new quad-core chips to Snapdragon S4 family

Qualcomm has announced that is has added two new chipsets to its popular Snapdragon processor family.

The chips, named the MSM8226 and MSM8626, offer a quad-core processor and deliver a 3G system-on-a-chip. They also include the Adreno 305 graphics processing unit, allowing for video capture and playback in 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution and up to a 13-megapixel camera.

"The expansion of our Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 family extends our leadership in performance and low power for the high-volume smartphones," said Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm vice president and co-president of mobile and computing products.

The firm said the chipsets, created using a 28nm technology node, will allow for longer battery life, although a lack of 4G compatibility suggests they will most likely be used in devices aimed at the Chinese market.

The new addition to Qualcomm's already popular line-up will cement the firm as one the of the world's leading chip manufacturers. The firm has enjoyed phenomenal success from the popularity of its high-end Snapdragon S4 chips, used in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 – currently the world's best selling phone.

The California-based company has reported that there have been nearly 100 public launches of devices running on its processors.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced that it will be investing $120 million (£74 million) in the ailing Japanese electronics firm, Sharp. The agreement will involve the chip vendor working with Sharp to create new chipsets as well as develop power-saving MEMS displays based on Sharp's IGZO technology.