Tuesday morning Qualcomm released a statement that they will be entering into a strategic relationship with Gameloft for HD Gaming. What this means is Qualcomm and Gameloft are now partnering up to help bring some heavy optimizations and enhancements to the Snapdragon chipsets to better perform with HD games. Not to say that they don't perform well already, but this comes fresh off the news that Nvidia is launching the site called Tegra Zone, where they show off a gallery of games and apps that will perform at best running a Tegra 2 CPU.
This news goes to show that Qualcomm aims to please with their next generation mobile CPU's and that they plan to have some great games in collaboration with Gameloft to go with them. In the press release they specifically mentioned the upcoming MSM8x55 and the dual-core MSM8x60 as types of processors that they will be developing for. Check below for the full press release.
SAN FRANCISCO – March 01, 2011 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced it has signed an agreement with Gameloft, an industry leader in developing and publishing digital and online video games, to deliver an enhanced mobile gaming experience for top Gameloft game titles, such as “SpiderMan Total Mayhem HD,” “Real Football 2011 HD,” “GT Racing: Motor Academy HD” and “Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus.” As an industry leader in mobile processors for tablets and smartphones, Qualcomm has collaborated with Gameloft to optimize Gameloft’s premier HD mobile games for Qualcomm’s current and future generation Snapdragon® processors, such as the MSM®8x55 and dual-core MSM8x60.
Gameloft has successfully worked with Qualcomm to leverage the Adreno® GPU for games such as “Assassin’s Creed Altair’s Chronicles.” With this new agreement, Qualcomm and Gameloft will look to expand this relationship across the growing Snapdragon family of processors to optimize Gameloft’s premier games for Android-based devices, starting with the above mentioned four titles and potentially expanding to others over the course of the year. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon dual-core CPU processors include two asynchronous CPU cores that will run at up to 1.5 GHz per core, embedded Adreno 220 GPU and advanced multimedia capabilities, including a high performance DSP for Dolby5.1, SRS and other surround sound technologies, Adobe® Flash 10 hardware acceleration, video accelerators for full HD 1080p encode and decode and support to display the games on large screen TVs using standards interfaces such as HDMI.
“We are pleased to be working closely with Gameloft to pre-optimize their impressive portfolio of mobile games for Snapdragon processors,” said Raj Talluri, vice president of product management for Qualcomm. “The combination of Snapdragon’s dynamic Adreno GPU technology along with the game development expertise of Gameloft will bring some of the most exciting game franchises to tablets and smartphones this year.”
“We are happy to work with Qualcomm to bring a great gaming experience to tablets and smartphones powered by Snapdragon processors,” said Baudouin Corman, vice president of Gameloft Publishing Americas. “These powerful devices also will help enable the development of immersive games such as ‘Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD,’ ‘N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance’ and others. Gameloft is committed to delivering the best HD games to the Android platform and we are pleased to work with Qualcomm to take it to the next level.”
For more information about the Snapdragon family of processors and Adreno GPU, please visit www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon.
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Gameloft is the worldwide leader in developing and publishing downloadable video games. The company designs games for smartphones and other mobile devices, for which the number of units should exceed four billion in 2012. Gameloft has locations on all continents, distributes its games in 100 countries and has its own production studios with over 3,500 developers. Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of its current and future generation Snapdragon processors, such as the MSM8x55 and dual-core MSM8x60dual-core on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which the Snapdragon platform is adopted, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2010, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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