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Snapdragon manufacturing setbacks could delay major Android releases

The grudge match between Nvidia and Qualcomm was escalated at Mobile World Congress, where almost every single new Android device was running either a Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 processor. Now news out of the supply chain indicates that Qualcomm's manufacturing partner for its 28nm chips has run into unexpected delays. If true, that could mean that large numbers of the Snapdragon S4 - the processor heart of phone like the HTC One S, The Panasonic ELUGA, and the LTE versions of the HTC One X, Asus Transformer Pad Infitinty 700 and Transformer Pad 300.

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait Benchmarks: Round 1

Here at Mobile World Congress there is tons of talk regarding Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC, and with good reason. Four cores aren't always better than two and many different elements come into play with performance in general, especially on a mobile device. Today we've been given a chance to break down the new Qualcomm (Mobile Development Platform) MDP MSM8960 dual-core 1.5 GHz SoC S4 and are starting with the usual benchmarks.

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.
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