Qualcomm Debuts 64-Bit LTE Chip

Promising faster connections that will speed growth and adoption of smartphones in new markets, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. on Monday introduced its Snapdragon 410 system-on-a-chip with integrated 4G LTE World Mode.

'Inflection Point' Coming

Using 28 nanometer process technology, the latest Snapdragon chipsets are part of Qualcomm's efforts to tap into the growing 4G LTE market in China. Just last week China granted its first licenses for that high-speed mobile data technology, known as TD, or time division, LTE. The 410 chips have processors that are 64-bit capable, meaning they can handle more information and do more multitasking than their 32-bit predecessors.

Qualcomm says its 410s offer superior graphics performance with Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and cameras up to 13 megapixels and integrate LTE and 3G technology around the world. Qualcomm says it will now make 4G LTE available across all of its Snapdragon product tiers.

"Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with LTE support will extend Qualcomm's leadership in one of the fastest growing sub-segment, LTE smartphones," said analyst Neil Shah of CounterPoint Research.

"Qualcomm's new solution will allow mobile operators and handset OEMs to bring LTE devices to the mass market quicker than expected." Shah added that the coming year is expected to be the "inflection point" for LTE network rollouts with the 410 chips as the catalyst.

"China, India and Latin America will be the key markets for this solution," Shah said. "This also means tough competition for Chinese and Taiwanese chipset vendors such as MediaTek and Spreadtrum to grow in the LTE subsegment."

Apple also introduced 64-bit capability with its latest iPhone, the 5s, introduced in September with its iOS 7 system.

The 64-bit capability will allow the development of faster and more sophisticated apps and allow smartphones to better handle video, though it will likely be several years before app developers catch up to the...

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