By Stephen Schenck | April 28, 2011 6:58 PM
A leaked presentation outlines Qualcomm’s plans for the next generation of its oh-so-popular Snapdragon system-on-a-chip designs, including support for quad-core processors and performance claims of nearly five times that of current chips.
The first chips based on this next-gen Krait design will be the MSM8930/8960/8270 and APQ8064. The family will be available in configurations clocked up to a screaming 2.5GHz, as either single, dual, or quad-core packages. If the company’s predictions are to be believed, you’d see this five-times performance boost while the chips sipped only a fraction of the power used by today’s SoCs.
Graphically, the new Adreno GPUs will be deployable in both dual and quad-core layouts, supposedly capable of console-quality graphics. Qualcomm claims four times the performance of current GPUs, but without going in to how it’s evaluating that figure. The APQ8064, for tablets with large enough screens, will support full HD 1080p graphics.
Cellular radio options will include all the standard 3G bands, and LTE for carriers who are using it. Other features of the upcoming Snapdragons include support for cameras with resolutions as high as 20 megapixels, and compatibility with 3D hardware, assuming that fad is still around. The chips will first be available at the end of this year, so we might see the first smartphones using them emerge sometime around now next year.