Qualcomm releases Snapdragon 430 and 617 for better speeds

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Qualcomm Technologies introduced two new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors — Snapdragon 430 and the Snapdragon 617.

Snapdragon 430 chipset features X6 LTE, with Cat 4 downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and support of 2×10 MHz Carrier Aggregation, and Cat 5 uplink speed of up to 75 Mbps via support for 64-QAM, said Qualcomm today.

The Snapdragon 430 supports better image quality for dual camera configurations and sensors up to 21MP. The Snapdragon 430 uses Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU with features such as Open GL ES3.1, Android Extension Pack, and OpenCL 2.0.

Snapdragon 617 integrates the X8 LTE modem, featuring support for Cat 7 download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps using bi-directional 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation. It shares the same software advances, dual-ISP and camera architecture of the Snapdragon 620 and 618.

In addition, the same software package runs the Snapdragon 617, 618 and 620, enabling OEMs to deliver these products. The Snapdragon 617 and 430 pair with WTR 2965, the new cost-optimized RF transceiver for global carrier aggregation.

Both the Snapdragon 617 and 430 use the ARM Cortex A53 CPUs in octa-core configurations. Both include support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging technology. Each uses Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, supporting low power sensor and advanced audio.

Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617 will fast track the regional certification process with support for the Qualcomm Global Pass certification program.

“The introduction of these new processors is a clear indication that we are listening to the needs of our customers who want ever improving cameras, faster connectivity, and better battery life across all available price points,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Commercial devices featuring the Snapdragon 430 are expected to be available in Q2 2016, and the Snapdragon 617 is expected to be in commercial devices before the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm Technologies has integrated its upgraded X12 LTE modem into its upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, providing 4G LTE and Wi-Fi technologies for premium tier mobile devices.

Snapdragon 820 processor’s upgraded X12 LTE modem offers:
# LTE Advanced speeds
# Cat 12 (up to 600 Mbps) in the downlink
# Cat 13 (up to 150 Mbps) in the uplink
# Up to 4×4 MIMO on one downlink LTE carrier

In a related development, Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Quick Charge 3.0 is the first of its kind to employ Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV).

Quick Charge 3.0 enables you to charge a phone from zero to 80 percent in about 35 minutes compared to conventional mobile devices without Quick Charge that may typically require almost an hour and a half.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced the inclusion of America Movil in its Qualcomm Global Pass program with the America Movil global terminal homologation process.

Baburajan K
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