Snapdragon

Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon S4′s 3D capabilities

With all the talk of quad-core this and Tegra 3 that, you might have forgotten that Qualcomm still makes the lion's share of Android SOC's out there. Their new Snapdragon S4 dual-core platform is nothing to scoff at, especially since most manufacturers clock it at 1.5Ghz. The company is eager to demonstrate its 3D prowess at Mobile World Congress, both in polygonal and practical. For a demonstration of the S4 MSM8960 they showed off a glasses-free 3D Android machine running at a full 1920x1200 - which has become a lot more relevant, since at least two Asus models will use the S4 processor with that resolution.

Qualcomm: no quad-core Snapdragon CPUs until Q4

All the news in the processor and system-on-a-chip space seems to be going to Nvidia these days, thanks to their four (and now five) core Tegra 3 architecture. In all the hustle and bustle, Qualcomm's Snapdragon gets forgotten - not that it's going anywhere. While almost ever major phone and tablet manufacturer has a Tegra 3 product slated for Mobile World Congress, they've usually got Snapdragons filling out the mid and lower ranks as well. It looks like that's going to be the status quo for a while: A Qualcomm product manager announced that the company would be focusing on its dual-core products until at least late 2012.

Snapdragon S4 system on a chip shows huge performance increase

When it comes to ARM-based processors and the speed demons who use them, Nvidia has captured nearly all the buzz at the moments with its quad-core Tegra 3 platform. But Qualcomm isn't resting on its laurels: the chipmaker is showing off the latest and greatest in its Snapdragon line, the S4. When Anandtech tested out the new chip inside a Quualcomm developer device, they concluded that it was "the absolute smoothest we’ve ever seen Ice Cream Sandwich run" - high praise indeed, considering how some users of ICS have complained about its performance on current-generation hardware. A device equipped with a 1.5Ghz dual-core S4 in a 28nm configuration blew past the competition in controlled tests.

Snapdragon GameCommand Hands-on

This week at CES we've been running around like mad-men trying to get a little hands on time with just about everything. Today we had a few minutes to check out multiple new things from Qualcomm, one in particular is the Snapdragon GameCommand application. Just recently announced by Qualcomm this app will highlight games and apps that can take advantage of all the potential inside Snapdragon powered devices.

Snapdragon GamesCommand launches at CES

Got a Snapdragon processor and a penchant for mobile gaming? Then you'll want to check the Android Market on January 10th, just as the Consumer Electronics Show gets in to full swing at Las Vegas. The Qualcomm-backed GamesCommand store will feature games specifically designed and enhanced for the company's Snapdragon family of SoC's. Over 100 games will be launched on the service initially.

Qualcomm isn’t worried about Tegra 3, says VP

Quick: what's the system-on-a -chip that's on the top of everyone's mind right now? If you answered the Nvidia Tegra 3, Qualcomm Vice President Rob Chandhok has got a bone to pick with you. Speaking at a pre-CES press conference, the VP of Software Strategy called Nvidia's processor a "single use product", comparing it poorly to Qualcomm's own Snapdragon line of processors. Chandhok went on to say that Snapdragon will be featured in hundreds of devices.

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Developer tablet runs Ice Cream Sandwich

Qualcomm and their Snapdragon processors are in more Android devices than we can count and they aren't wasting anytime now that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is out in the wild. We've seen development devices from them in the past like the 1.5 GHz MDP phone (Mobile Development Platform) and now they are teasing their new Snapdragon MSM8960 that will be known as the Snapdragon S4 on an Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablet.

Qualcomm announces its own Snapdragon game store

As Android's gaming prowess (or at lest the hardware it requires) becomes more and more evident, Qualcomm has decided they want to highlight the potential of their Snapdragon series of mobile processors. To that end, they've announced Snapdragon GamesCommand, a showcase app filled with "console-quality" and casual games exclusively for Snapdragon devices. Like Nvidia's Tegra Zone, at least some of the games in GamesCommand will not appear anywhere else - those with other hardware are out of luck.

Qualcomm teases Snapdragon efficiency, 100% bug powered smartphone [Video]

Yes you read the title right, that says 100% bug powered smartphone and that is exactly what we have. Today Qualcomm has presented us with the "Bug Circus Generator" where they've neatly gathered a few speedy Praying Mantis and tossed them on unicycles and a Tarantula on a treadmill and rigged them to generate tiny amounts of electricity. What do you get? A 100% bug powered smartphone thanks to the extremely efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
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