Qualcomm announced plans to release a new version of its
Snapdragon chipset based on a 28-nm process.
The announcement was made at the company's analyst meeting in
New York on Wednesday.
The new Snapdragon chipset (MSM8960) will feature two cores
using an upgraded CPU core based on a new micro-architecture,
the company said. This will result in a ~5x performance while
the power consumption will be lower by ~ 75%.
The multi-Mode 3G / 4G integrated chipset will also integrate an
LTE multi-mode modem that will also support all 3G modes, and
new graphics capabilities that will offer a ~4x performance
boost compared to the currently available Snapdragon chipset. In
addition, the MSM8960 will integrate WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth and
The MSM8960 will also be the first Qualcomm chip built on 28-nm
process technology and will begin sampling in 2011. It is
expected to power smartphones and tablets that will appear in
It is not clear whether the new chipset will be based on
ARM-based technology, which is currently used for Qualcomm's
MSM8x60 chipset platform.
As a fabless company, Qualcomm has been working with
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on
28-nm process technology as well as with GlobalFoundries.
Qualcomm also unveiled new Adreno 300 series GPU that promise to
offer gaming performance equivalent to Xbox 360 and PlayStation
3 game consoles. The sampling of these new next-generation chips
will begin next year.