Leaked Roadmap Reveal Qualcomm Processors


2 May 2011
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With dual core smartphones currently dominating the market, one would imagine if things could get any better. A leaked roadmap of Qualcomm's future mobile processors tells us a different story. The company demoed the 2.0 GHz quad core CPU in February which promised to blow away everything that would come in its way. The roadmap expectedly reveals the availability of these processors, which should be in the beginning of 2013. However, Qualcomm has different ranges of smartphone processors lined up for the next couple of years.

Leaked Roadmap Reveal Unannounced Processors From Qualcomm

First up are the dual core 1.5 and 1.7 GHz processors (with Adreno 225 GPU) codenamed Krait which will make their way to the smartphone makers by the end of this year. This will certainly give Samsung's Exynos processor a serious run for its money until the Koreans could think of a successor to the ageing chipset. Qualcomm will follow this up with dual core 1.0 GHz and 1.2 GHz processors (in Q3-Q4 2012) for mid-range smartphones, which is highly suggestive of the fact that a dual core smartphone by then will be considered a mid-range device. These little monsters will sport the Adreno 305 GPU, bringing the graphics performance on par with gaming consoles. The quad core beasts will arrive in the market in the first quarter of 2013. These processors will be clocked at 2.0 GHz to 2.5 GHz respectively. With these chipsets, smartphones will be capable of recording 1080p Full HD videos at 60fps. Speaking of the graphical aspect of these processors, the Krait quad cores will come with an Adreno 320 GPU, which will raise the bar even higher.
NVIDIA on the other hand will be demonstrating the quad core Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processors by the end of this year, so it seems like Qualcomm will arrive a bit late to the party. Either way, NVIDIA will have the advantage of having the head start and also the disadvantage of bearing the brunt of initial criticism.

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