Qualcomm announces six new Snapdragon chips

snapdragon200It’s the CPU maker that is powering all of the ‘in’ phones and tablets at the moment, yet Qualcomm isn’t resting on its laurels, with news of more new chips on the way.

The US ARM SoC specialist announced today it had added another six new SoC CPUs to its entry-level Snapdragon 200 series. But before you go ‘pffft’, these chips will be dual and even quad-core.

The new chips will be manufactured on the current popular 28-nanometre scale and feature built-in modems with support for HSPA+ data speeds of up to 21Mbps.

They’ll be known as the Snapdragon 200 8×10 (dual) and 8×12 (quad) chips and are expected to become available in late 2013.

Among their other features, the Snapdragon 200 SoCs will support dual camera options – up to 8MP on the device back (primary) and as high as 5MP on the front (secondary).

Importantly, the CPUs will feature Adreno 302 GPUs – not as fast as the Adreno 320 cores powering along inside the top-drawer Snapdragon 800, but good enough.

At this stage, Qualcomm has not specified clock speeds, who’ll be using the chips or unit pricing but that is expected to be announced closer to actual launch.

The Snapdragon 200 range is likely to compete against the likes of Rockchip’s RK3188, MediaTek’s MT6589 and Allwinner’s A31 quad-core CPUs that are favourites among the bulk of Chinese phone and tablet makers.

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