Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Last year, the smartphone industry upgraded to dualcore processors from single-cores. In rapid succession, the year 2012 is all set to be dominated by the smartphones and tablets running on quad-core processors. All chipmakers are betting high on their new chips supporting quad-core CPUS, among them Qualcomm. From the System 1 that was meant for mass market smartphones to S2 and S3 for high performance smartphones/tablets and multitasking and advance gaming, Qualcomm has now introduced the all-new Snapdragon S4 chipset. The Snapdragon S4 is a powerful chip meant to do much more for next generation devices. The S4 means the introduction of Qualcomm’s second generation CPU named the ‘Krait ’. This new micro-architecture increases the performance by 60 per cent over the existing Scorpion processor. The S4 processor family also includes the Adreno 225 GPU that delivers 50 per cent greater graphics processing power over the existing Adreno 220 and can go up to Adreno 320. In simple terms, the Snapdragon S4 family will offer chips in future with single, dual and quad core CPUS with ‘Krait ’ architecture that can be clocked at a speed of up to 2.5GHZ. Like the S3 chipsets, even the S4 will be capable of capturing full HD video (1080p resolution). Interestingly, the new chip supports up to three cameras with up to 20 megapixel along with a stereoscopic kit that enables 3D video playback, 2D to 3D conversion and 3D content capture. Along with the superior speeds, the devices powered by S4 are likely to offer superb gaming experience and graphic interface. The S4 chip also integrates the 4G/LTE mode. This new processor has been manufactured using 28 nanometer process technology instead of the 45 nanomater used in the earlier chips. The net result is that the same work is now being handled by a much smaller chip that will inherit advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction. Dr Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm, said at Las Vegas, “There are already 300 devices using Snapdragon and another 350 in development.
Snapdragon processors are all about doing more and charging less”. Also, the Snapdragon processors are not just restricted to smartphones and tablets anymore. The chipsets are all set to power Wi-fi displays and Smart TVS as well.