Weve already written about some of Qualcomms upcoming products and now the company has officially announced at least some of those products. The company is readying a range of Snapdragon S4 and S1 processors for next year with the S4 models being based on its new Krait CPU core.VR-Zone has collected some specifications of the newly announced models alongside details of some not yet announced models to give you a better idea of what Qualcomm is working on.
The new S4 models the Qualcomm unveiled are the MSM8660A, MSM8260A, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, MSM8227, APQ8060A and APQ8030 with the new entry and budget S1 models being the MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A. Weve already covered the MSM8660A and the MSM8260A in quite some detail already which you can read here, as well as some other high-end solutions from Qualcomm. As for the other models, well, Qualcomm didnt exactly provide a lot of detail, so well try and fill in the blanks.
Lets start with the MSM8630 and MSM8230, a pair of very similar chips to the already announced MSM8930. These are all 28nm parts with the MSM8630 being a CDMA chip with support for 21Mbps HSPA+ as well as EV-DO whereas the MSM8230 supports DC-HSPA+ and TD-SCDMA of which the latter is for the Chinese market. All three models are clocked at 1.2GHz, sports a pair of cores, 1MB L2 cache and supports single channel LPDDR2 memory at speeds of up to 533MHz. Other features include support for 1080p video recording at 30fps and 3D stills at up to 12Megapixels. The GPU core will be the Adreno 305 and we can expect to see these SoCs towards the second half of 2012. We should also point out that Qualcomm classifies these models as mid-range by the time they launch.
Moving down a tier we or two we find the MSM7225A at the bottom which is a 800MHz part at the most based on a 45nm Cortex A5 core paired up with 256KB of L2 cache and an Adreno 200 GPU. It supports 200MHz LPDDR memory, HSUPA connectivity and is limited to HVGA displays. This is a direct replacement for the MSM7225 which is based on the older ARM11 architecture. It sibling for the EV-DO market is the MSM7625A which offers identical spec bar the EV-DO connectivity.
Stepping up one tier we find the MSM7227A the replacement for the very popular MSM7227 and once again were finding a 45nm ARM Cortex A5 core here although this time with clock speeds of up to 1GHz. Theres also support for slightly higher resolutions here with FWVGA (854×480) support. Again theres an EV-DO sibling called the MSM7625A which once again sports near identical spec. All the Cortex A5 models should be available to Qualcomms partners forthwith.
This brings us to the MSM8227 which appears to the first Snapdragon based entry budget model from Qualcomm. This is an interesting part in as much as its signalling a move away from single core processors even in fairly affordable devices as it sports a 28nm dual core 1GHz Krait based processor with 512MB L2 cache. It supports 400MHz LPDDR2 memory, 21Mbps HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, 720p video recording and it sports an Adreno 305 GPU. Its EV-DO sibling is the MSM8267 which once again carries near identical specs. These two models arent set to appear until the second half of next year.
The APQ models, otherwise known as the modem-less models are fairly similar in terms of spec with the higher-end APQ8060A being a direct replacement for the APQ8060. Here were looking at yet another dual core 28nm Krait based chip with clock speeds of between 1.5 and 1.7GHz paired up with 1MB L2 cache. This model supports 500MHz LPDDR2 memory, 1080p video recording but sadly sports the current Adreno 225 GPU. That said, this model should be available as of right now to Qualcomms partners, so the older GPU is excused.
The more affordable option here is the APQ8030 which is also a 28nm dual core Krait part although this time around with a 1GHz core speed and we dont know the actual cache on this model but wed guess its 512KB. Otherwise were looking at support for 533MHz LPDDR2 memory, 1080p video recording and an Adreno 305 GPU. This models as with so many of the other chips announced isnt expected until the second half of next year.
We can also give you an insight on a few models that Qualcomm didnt announce that falls in the lower-end of the market. By 2013 Qualcomm is planning on releasing the MSM8226 which will replace the MSM7225A and this will be Qualcomms first dual core 28nm Cortex A5 implementation. Were looking at clock speeds of 1GHz, 512KB L2 cache, support for 533MHz LPDDR2, 21Mbps HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, 720p video recording and an Adreno 305 GPU. Its EV-DO sibling is the MSM8626.
Moving up one tier we find the MSM8928 which is fairly similar to the MSM8227 as both are 28nm dual core Krait based processors clocked at 1GHz, but theMSM8928 gets support for 800MHz LPDDR3, LTE category 3, DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and 1080p video recording. The GPU is also the slightly faster Adreno 310.
Finally we have another APQ model, namely the APQ8074 which is a mainstream quad core Krait based chip with clock speeds of between 2-2.5GHz. It supports dual channel LPDDR3, 2MB L2 cache, dual 1080p video streams at 60fps for 3D video and finally an Adreno 330 GPU. All three models should arrive sometime in 2013.
We should also note that it appears the Qualcomm thinks the feature phone market is dead, as the company is only planning a single new part for next year as far as we can tell. Were not surprised though, as the only really valid change here would really be to do a die shrink if anything, as its not as if the feature phone marking is moving forward in leaps and bounds.