Qualcomm has expanded its entry-level offerings with the addition of six new processors to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 class, featuring dual- and quad- core application processors. The expanded line of processors delivers an optimal balance of multimedia features and modem technologies with extended battery life. The new chips will target smartphones for emerging regions, the faster growing market nowadays.
The new Snapdragon 200 processors are manufactured on a 28nm process technology and feature key modem technologies that are important in China and emerging regions, including support for HSPA+ (up to 21Mb/s) and TD-SCDMA. The latest additions to the Snapdragon 200 class feature up to four ARM Cortex-A5 general-purpose codes, class-leading graphics performance with Adreno 302 GPU (Adreno 205 on other versions); integrated industry-leading IZat Location functionality and support of Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0; support for the latest Google Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems; RxD support; and a single, multimode modem enabling faster data rates, fewer dropped calls, and better connections. The expanded line of processors delivers an optimal balance of multimedia features and modem technologies with extended battery life. The processors will have support for dual cameras, with an 8MP rear-facing camera and up to a 5MP front-facing one, as well as feature a single platform for all SIM variants, including Dual SIM, Dual Standby, and dual SIM, dual active, and tri SIM tri Standby.
It is anticipated that the new processors (8x10 and 8x12), along with its Qualcomm reference design counterparts, will be available in late 2013 and are designed to deliver improved performance, graphics-rich gaming experience and advanced multimedia features for high-volume smartphones.
“With the expanded line of Snapdragon 200 processors, Qualcomm Technologies is building on its dual-and quad-core processor portfolio for entry-level smartphones and tablets, bringing key process technology and modem features to all Snapdragon tiers. We are excited to offer our customers the broadest range of 3G technologies and superior performance and power-efficiency, enabling them to deliver a wide range of innovative smartphones for the high-volume segment,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.