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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.

  • Shadow703793
    Damn.... these ARM CPUs keep getting faster and faster... how long did it take the x86 CPUs to break 1Ghz?
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  • castle songbird
    I wonder if anybody with qualcom stock sold it for the artificialy increased price in the short window of time that it existed as such. If so; incredible luck or insider trading. Both seem equally likely.
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  • bsbsbsbs
    I had never even dreamed of a dual core phone. Not until now that is. Kinda sad I bought a galaxy S now. :(
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  • dimar
    One device with high quality audio/music, phone, GPS, gaming, wi-fi streaming with long battery life would be sooooo cooooooollll :-)
    Hope Google/Samsung Galaxy S3.1 can make it happen. When do we get quad and octo cores ??!!
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  • anonymousdude
    Shadow703793Damn.... these ARM CPUs keep getting faster and faster... how long did it take the x86 CPUs to break 1Ghz?

    I know, They're bumping up the clockspeed so fast. Makes you wonder what the limit on the ARM CPU is.
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  • JerseyFirefighter
    1080p on my phone? really? dunno bout you but my droid looks pretty damn good... my smaller 720p tvs look just as good as my 1080p larger tv... learn to make it cheaper..then you have my business.
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  • JerseyFirefighter
    1080p on my phone? really? dunno bout you but my droid looks pretty damn good... my smaller 720p tvs look just as good as my 1080p larger tv... learn to make it cheaper..then you have my business.
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  • squallypie
    hopefully, we will be building our own cellphones with nvidia or amd graphics and qualcomm's quad core cpu within a few years..

    i dont exactly know where to put the heatsink on such a system though
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  • Vladislaus
    Shadow703793Damn.... these ARM CPUs keep getting faster and faster... how long did it take the x86 CPUs to break 1Ghz?
    Well ARM exists since 1983 and the first x86 cpu was launched in 1978. So it took them longer to reach the 1GHz than the x86 processors.
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  • JimmiG
    bsbsbsbsI had never even dreamed of a dual core phone. Not until now that is. Kinda sad I bought a galaxy S now.
    It's hard to keep up - one year ago, most phones came with 500-600 MHz ARMv6 processors, then the 1GHz Snapdragon ARMv7 started appearing, being a huge leap forward. Now it's starting to look rather lame, 65nm and single-core. Looks like we have to upgrade our phones every year to keep up, just as we do with our computers. I am however keeping my HTC Desire until phones start coming with out-of-order architectures some time in 2012 or so.
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