Qualcomm adds two quad-core chipsets to Snapdragon S4 line

The company's chipsets will support 1080p video capture and playback and up to a 13-megapixel camera.


Qualcomm has added two new chipsets to its popular Snapdragon S4 processor family.

Dubbed the MSM8226 and MSM8626, the chipsets offer quad-core processing and use the 28nm technology node. The chipsets include the Adreno 305 graphics processing unit, allowing for 1080p video capture and playback and up to a 13-megapixel camera. According to Qualcomm, the chipsets will allow for long battery life, though the company didn't put a number on that.

Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon processor is becoming increasingly popular in mobile devices. The company's previous chipsets have also been popular. According to Qualcomm, there have been about 100 public launches of devices running on its processor reference designs from more than 40 vendors.

Qualcomm's newly announced chipsets aren't necessarily the company's top options. According to the company, both new chipsets are ready for 3G-compatible devices; there was no mention of 4G. In addition, some of the company's other S4 chipsets can support up to 20-megapixel cameras.

Both chipsets are expected to be available for sampling by vendors in the second quarter of 2013.

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