Qualcomm demonstrated a new reference design at CTIA today, featuring the MSM8660 dual-core snapdragon chipset, first sampled in June 2010. The MSM8x60 runs at 1.2GHz and is targeted towards high-end smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The chipset is rumored to be featured in the HTC EVO 3D.
Qualcomm typically splits it’s chipset families into two models, one supporting HSPA+ and the other supporting HSPA+ and CDMA. The MSM8x60 platform follows this precedent with the MSM8660 demoed here supporting HSPA+/CDMA and having a sister chipset MSM8260 supporting HSPA+. The reference device shown here is paired with a 13-megapixel camera and features four microphones for excellent noise cancellation abilities.
The 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU is paired with an Adreno 220 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 acceleration. HDMI output is supported via Mini-HDMI with 1080p video encoding/decoding, a dedicated low-power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for displays up to 24-bit WXGA (1280×800). The reference device looks to be running WVGA (800×480) judging by the number of settings items that fit on the screen.