Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Pro for smartphones

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Pro S4 MSM8960
Cristiano Amon, Senior VP of product management, Qualcomm.
Cristiano Amon, Senior VP of product management, Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm has announced a new processor in its S4 range at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain - the Snapdragon Pro S4 MSM8960.

The S4 class has more than 120 OEM designs in development and features the Adreno 320 GPU, with support for higher resolution displays, as well as hardware and software compatibility with the S4 class.The Adreno 320 also adds new multimedia capabilities, including computational camera—the ability to tap directly into the computational capability of the Adreno 320 GPU through new APIs like OpenCL, to enable next-generation uses such as light-field cameras for mobile devices.

“As a result of strong customer demand for Snapdragon S4 processors, we’ve added a new Pro version of MSM8960 to continue delivering the highest performing mobile processors in the industry,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm. “By delivering the S4 Pro processor in 2012, we are fulfilling our promise that Snapdragon processors will remain the industry’s barometer for excellence in mobile computing while helping our customers bring the most innovative smartphones and tablets to market.”

The S4 Pro version of MSM8960 is optimised for advanced operating systems, including Windows 8. “Snapdragon S4 and S4 Pro are designed to enable tablets and notebook devices to deliver the high performance, flexibility, global 3G/4G connectivity and energy efficiency consumers are increasingly demanding,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of computing and consumer products, Qualcomm. “We are excited about the Snapdragon S4 Pro processors’ potential for consumers, and about the upcoming Windows 8 platform.”

Qualcomm also said that there are currently more than 340 Snapdragon-based devices commercially available and more than 400 in development. Qualcomm’s S4 Pro processors are due to arrive in the market during the second half of 2012.

The world's biggest chip maker, Intel, also announced the launch of two new mobile chipsets at Mobile World Congress.

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