Telecom Lead India: Chip major Qualcomm made several announcements at the Computex 2013 in Taiwan.
Most of the announcements are aimed at enhancing performance of its existing chips. The new initiatives will enable Qualcomm to strengthen its presence in emerging telecom markets including India and China.
Qualcomm new Reference Design for tablets
Qualcomm has expanded its Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) portfolio with a reference design made specifically for tablets running on its Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors.
The chip provider on Monday said tablets based on this latest Qualcomm Reference Design will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors, respectively, with 1.2 – 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors
Qualcomm has also expanded its Snapdragon 800 processors portfolio to include support for Microsoft Windows RT 8.1.
The company says Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors now feature an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and CPU speeds of up to 2.2 GHz per core.
Other capabilities include USB 3.0 and support for Windows RT 8.1 features and services.
Qualcomm and Microsoft will work together on the next level of advanced mobile computing and Microsoft will offer a free software update to Windows RT 8.1. The free update will be available in the Windows Store later this year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and Windows RT 8.1 are designed to enable OEMs to differentiate their newest products and offer outstanding mobile user experiences. New devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and Windows RT 8.1 are expected to be available later this year.
The chip company has introduced a family of 28 nanometer (nm) solutions, the Qualcomm FSM99xx, that enable pico, metro and enterprise small cells that are designed to enhance operators’ 3G and LTE networks.
The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions integrate the company’s 3G and 4G technologies and support advanced 802.11ac/n Wi-Fi to enable full-featured small cells that are designed to provide superior performance with greater power efficiency.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors
Qualcomm is expanding its Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors with the introduction of its newest processor, featuring quad-core CPUs with integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE. This makes the Snapdragon 400 tier the first to offer multimode 3G/4G LTE on processors with both dual- and quad-core CPUs for high-volume smartphones.
In addition to multimode 3G/4G LTE, the processor integrates key modem features that are important to China and other emerging regions, including TD-SCDMA, HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), and multi-SIM capabilities.
The new Snapdragon 400 processor (8926), along with its Qualcomm Reference Design counterpart, will be available in late 2013 and will deliver the optimal balance of multimedia features, modem technologies and performance to high-volume smartphones.
“By offering a multimode 3G/4G LTE variant to Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 tier of processors with quad-core CPUs, we are ensuring that emerging regions are equipped and prepared for the imminent transition to multimode 3G/4G LTE, in addition to being equipped for every major 2G and 3G technology,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president and co-president of mobile and computing products, Qualcomm Technologies.
Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac (11ac) Wi-Fi solutions
Qualcomm is giving 802.11ac a boost with its family of Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac (11ac) Wi-Fi solutions. Qualcomm Atheros has gained strong traction in OEM devices across both mobile and networking segments, and is offering significant 11ac performance advantages compared to competitive solutions in both rate-over-range and power consumption.
In addition, Qualcomm Atheros is taking 802.11ac home routers to a new level with its Qualcomm StreamBoost technology, which identifies, classifies and manages the growing number of multimedia applications streaming into the home.