Also mentioned was the development of the Snapdragon S4 line of processors, the MSM 8960, a dual core CPU at 28 nm architecture which is the first to have integrated 3G/LTE + AP connectivity.
We were also shown a demo of the APQ8064 processor, a quad core S4 with speeds up to 2.5 GHz (although it maxed out at 1.5 GHz during the demonstration).
Qualcomm showed that power efficiency on a quad core is possible by only turning on cores when they are necessary, and increasing and decreasing their clock speeds according to usage.
This year’s meeting was Irwin Jacob’s last as member of the company’s board of directors. Irwin Jacobs co-founded Qualcomm in 1985, and has seen massive growth since he started the company. A testament to his influence on the company’s culture came from his son, the current CEO, “[Irwin] taught us that the high road is the only road to take, he taught us to treat employees like family.” At the age of 78, the former chairman and CEO of the company has officially retired from Qualcomm.
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