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Qualcomm's 1.5 GHz Snapdragon NOT in Q1 2011

Wednesday Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs went on stage during the company's IQ 2010 event and suggested to the captive audience that a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chipset would arrive in products during Q1 2011. The announcement was rather surprising given that the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon just made its debut back in June.

However the company's PR team was quick to clarify after Qualcomm stock suddenly shot up in value, stating that Jacobs was mistaken and that he meant to say that the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon would begin to appear in products in the first three months of 2011. Products using the faster 1.5 GHz version won't hit the market until the end of 2011 if all goes well.

According to reports, the 1.5 GHz processor is expected to head out to OEMs for sampling in Q4 2010 for "various levels of testing" before its deemed fit for general consumption. The chip will supposedly support DDR2, DDR3, HDMI and 1080p playback.

The current dual-core 1.2 GHz chips--Oualcomm's MSM8260 and MSM8660--are now making rounds with manufacturers for sampling, and offer impressive features such as support for a 24-bit WXGA display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 3D/2D engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, support for 1080p HD video encode and decode, and low power GPS.