Qualcomm Adds To Snapdragon S4 Chip Range

Qualcomm has added to its Snapdragon S4 mobile processor range, with the launch of the MSM8625 and the MSM8225 chipsets. Both provide dual core CPUs operating up to 1 GHz, Qualcomm’s Adreno 203 GPU, and an integrated 3G modem.

The chipsets are designed to be hardware- and software-compatible with the MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A family of chipsets, giving device manufacturers the ability to seamlessly migrate their existing Snapdragon S1-based designs to a dual core S4 mobile processor.

Qualcomm has also unveiled the third-generation of its Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) ecosystem program, to enable third-party device manufacturers to develop differentiated high volume smartphones, with lower development costs and faster time to market.

The QRD ecosystem program includes a set of software and hardware components that allows third party hardware and software vendors to have their products pre-tested and optimized for the QRD development platform. A pre-tested and optimized platform gives device manufacturers a development platform with the hardware components (memory, sensors, touch panels, cameras, displays, RF, etc.) and software applications and features (browsers, map/navigation, mail, music, instant messaging, fonts and languages, etc.) needed for basic smartphone functionality already in place, allowing them to focus their engineering resources on developing value-added features.

The QRD ecosystem program is designed to help device manufacturers developing products for regions whose networks are evolving from 2G to 3G, and where high-volume smartphones are becoming increasingly popular. 

The MSM8625 and MSM8225 chipsets will be available on Qualcomm’s third generation QRD development platform in the first half of 2012, in addition to being available as standalone chipsets. QRD development platforms based on both the MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A chipsets are currently available.

“Smartphones present a large business opportunity for many of our customers, which is why we have created the QRD ecosystem program to assist them with developing compelling product designs with competitive differentiation,” says Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm. “The program combines all the elements our customers need to get a new smartphone design to launch quickly and cost effectively, from carrier-ready hardware and software to local technical support resources.”