Qualcomm hosted an intimate meeting for both key employees and a few members of the tech press to discuss its present and future plans, something many will agree has been a long time coming considering Qualcomm traditionally keeps a tight lid on its upcoming products. Fierce competition, however, has forced the wireless chip maker to change its stance and become more forthcoming, which is a good thing.
During our roundtable, for instance, Qualcomm showed us a bunch of gizmos being released during our meeting as well as a handful to be released. These included a few tablets from notable manufacturers, in addition to smartphones bearing 4G monikers.
Qualcomm also showed off their newest breed of mobile processors and some of the features and benefits of a dual-core phone with a decent GPU. Raj Talluri, Qualcomm's vice president of product management for application processors, pictured on the right, was one of the executives at hand.
He went over the benefits of having a dual-core phone inside of an internet browser as well as the power savings that occur when two different cores are able to operate at different frequencies with shared cache.
Pictured above is Raj Talluri
Their 8660 chip will feature a dual scorpion core processor with an Adreno 220 GPU all packed nicely into a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). This lets the processor power 1080P video playback as well as 1080P encode.
The chips can be expected around April, Qualcomm executives said. The benefits of the GPUs on these processors are not only limited to graphics because the GPUs Qualcomm currently integrates into their processors are capable of assisting in the processing of Augmented Reality, Flash 10.1 and 3D video - all in addition to physics.
Qualcomm also showed a neat thing that we have yet to see on a smartphone to date - 3D video playback at 1080p resolution. You may be wondering why all the fuss, but please note that nobody else has done that yet on a smartphone.
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