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Qualcomm roadmap leaked: quad-cores coming 2013, 1.7GHz dual-cores in 2011

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NVIDIA stepped up its chipset game by demonstrating quad-core silicon coming by the end of the year, and one of its main competitors Qualcomm has been left to trail. Up until now, we didn't know what the company's reply was, but this leaked roadmap lays out details about chips expected until 2013. 

First on the list are dual-core chips clocked at the whopping 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz, coming somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2011 or the first quarter of 2012. These 28-nm chips are coming in three varieties: 8960 with LTE, 8270 with HSPA and 8260A with HSPA+, all equipped with the Adreno 225 graphical unit, said to be matching the graphics on the PlayStation Vita in terms of power. 1080p HD video at 30fps is also something we're looking forward to on the chips.

Skip to the third to fourth quarter of next year, and you get the 8230 and 8930 chips with Adreno 305 GPU nearly reaching the performance of contemporary gaming consoles. Both chips will be clocked at 1GHz to 1.2GHz.

Last comes the true answer to NVIDIA's quad-core processors – the monstrous quad-core Qualcomm 8974 chip built using 28nm technology clocked at 2.0GHz to 2.5GHz. It handles 1080p HD video at 60fps, while the graphical core is Adreno 320 – a configuration that might make you reconsider the need of a personal computer. Okay, maybe not that powerful, but Qualcomm's quad-core solution is definitely mind-boggling by today's standards. It's coming in the first quarter of 2013, but is that fast enough? NVIDIA is to release their Kal-El chip with four cores by the end of the year, but others like Samsung and Texas Instruments are not going to match those speeds. One thing is certain, though, with AMD and Intel joining the mobile chip wars, the battle is heating up.


*Update* Image removed due to request by Qualcomm

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posted on 06 Jul 2011, 02:19

1. josh (unregistered)


But what's really important is real world performance here. Is there going to be any OS out that'll even benefit from these crazy powerful chipsets? Probably not. Not saying I'm not gonna pickup a phone with these in them! ;-)

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 06:34

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Expect a new release of Android to support 4+ cores. Back when the first dual (remember when posters were referring to the new chips as duel core? :-). ) core chips were being released, people were questioning the viability of the processors absent an OS that could use the multiple cores. Then Android 3.0 is released for tablets with dual core chips.

The same scenario is going to play out for quad core chips.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 08:14 2

3. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, when I finally get enough courage to make a decision on a phone, I will be due for my next upgrade in time for 2013. Provided the world hasn't ended on 12/21/12, (my daughters 21st B-Day, by the way. How funny is THAT??) I will be expecting a quad-core beast capable of performing every task a computer can, while beaming 3D images from it's mini-projector, all while reading my mind and finding the exact right song to play for me based on my mood and selecting it from the endless library of tunes from the database it can access in 2 nanoseconds.

Wonder what the carriers will be charging for that 900 GBs of data a month plan?

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 08:41 1

4. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


You will probably be able to offset the $1000/GB 2013 data plan charges by releasing all your personal media [photos, videos, music, etc...] to your carrier so they can claim it as thier IP and resell it...

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