Qualcomm has expanded its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors portfolio to include support for Microsoft Windows RT 8.1.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors feature an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and CPU speeds of up to 2.2 GHz per core. Other capabilities include USB 3.0 and support for Windows RT 8.1 features and services.
Microsoft will offer a free software update to Windows RT 8.1 available in the Windows Store later this year. New devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and Windows RT 8.1 are expected to be available later this year.
Seperately Qualcomm at Computex announced an expanded Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) portfolio with a reference design made specifically for tablets running on its Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors. Both 7-and 10-inch versions of this tablet based on this Qualcomm Reference Design are currently on display at Computex 2013 in Taiwan.
Tablets based on this latest Qualcomm Reference Design will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors, respectively, with 1.2 - 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs featuring the Android Jelly Bean mobile operating system, broadband HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) 3G performance, integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi up to 72 Mbps, 1080p high definition video playback at 30fps, 1080p high definition video capture, and Adreno 305 GPU.
Qualcomm says that there have been more than 200 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 14 countries, and there are currently more than 100 designs in progress.