Qualcomm unveils new chipsets, for both high-end and cheap (under $150) smartphones

Qualcomm, the California-based wireless tech developer, announced the upcoming availability of four new mobile chipsets: three of them made for high-end smartphones and one for affordable, under $150 smartphones.  

The chipsets for high-end handsets are MSM8260, MSM8660 and MSM8270.

All of them are HSPA+ and come to offer advanced capabilities, including support for data transfers up to 28Mbps.
The full list of stuff that Qualcomm’s three new chipsets bring includes:

  • 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor and 600 MHz DSP
  • 45nm process technology – enabling ultra-low power consumption
  • Support for 24-bit displays with resolutions up to 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Support for various 3D/2D UIs
  • High-performance graphics engines
  • Support for photo cameras up to 16MP
  • Full 1080p HD video playback / recording
  • DTS/Dolby 5.1 surround sound support
  • Assisted-GPS


Qualcomm’s new chipset for affordable smartphones, called MSM7227, should allow manufacturers to build handsets that cost less than $150.

The MSM7227 chipset comes with:

  • Support for Android, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, BREW
  • HSDPA/HSUPA support
  • 600 MHz applications processor
  • Support for WVGA displays
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Hardware-accelerated 3D graphics
  • Support for 8MP cameras

Qualcomm also announced the new QTR8610 transceiver. This is compatible with the three HSPA+ chipsets (MSM8660, MSM8260 and MSM8270), offers worldwide 3G support and is said to eliminate “the need for standalone codecs, GPS, Bluetooth and FM radio chips.”

All of Qualcomm’s new products should become available starting this year, save for the MSM8270 which will start shipping in mid-2010.

Via Qualcomm and Qualcomm

Author: Ilinca Nita

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