Device manufacturers can migrate their existing Snapdragon S1-based designs to S4 dual core-based designs
3G and next-generation mobile technologies firm Qualcomm has added two offerings to its Snapdragon S4 class of mobile processors: the MSM8625 and the MSM8225 chipsets.
The MSM8625 and MSM8225 chipsets are designed to be hardware and software compatible with the MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A family of chipsets, giving device manufacturers the ability to migrate their existing Snapdragon S1-based designs to S4 dual core-based designs and the chipsets provide dual core CPUs operating up to 1 GHz, Qualcomm’s Adreno 203 GPU and an integrated 3G modem.
Qualcomm also announced 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 comprehensive set of software and hardware components that allow third party hardware and software vendors to have their products pre-tested and optimised for the QRD development platform.
Qualcomm Product Management senior vice-president Cristiano Amon said smartphones present a large business opportunity for many of Qualcomm customers, which is why the company have created the QRD ecosystem program to assist them with developing compelling product designs with competitive differentiation.
"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," said Amon.