Qualcomm Pushing Out New Snapdragon Processors

Chipmaker Qualcomm today unveiled new Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 processors aimed at delivering premium user experiences. The new system-on-chip products set the stage for mobile devices that leverage custom technology for cameras, gaming, video and connectivity in the smartphone world.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, explained the company develops all of its processor technologies ?EU?with scalability in mind.?EU? The idea is to get to market faster with the technologies that meet rising consumer demands.

Supporting Innovative Features

All three new Snapdragon processors include support for the 802.11ac standard, LTE with carrier aggregation, dual camera image signal processors, and Qualcomm TruSignal technology that works to improve the reliability of phone calls.

The processors also offer Snapdragon All Mode, enabling transceiver support for all major cellular technologies. Qualcomm Hexagon DSP drives more power efficient audio and sensors that meet Android M sensor requirements, according to the company. And Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 aims to charge up to 75 percent faster than its predecessor.

?EU?Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon solutions demonstrate the company's continuing focus on supporting innovative features and customer experience,?EU? Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us. ?EU?That's certainly important from a competitive standpoint, and should also help keep the company in good stead as it deals with various business and financial challenges.?EU?

A Holding Pattern

Diving deeper into the technology, the Snapdragon 625 is the first processor in the lineup to tap into 14nm FinFET (fin-shaped field effect transistor) technology, which lowers power consumption by 35 percent. The processor includes an octa-core ARM Cortext-A53 CPU and comes equipped with an X9 LTE modem to support 4G-plus. That means users can achieve speeds of 150 Mbps, which is three times as fast as traditional LTE devices.

Positioned as first in its class to integrate the X8 LTE modem that supports 4G-plus, the Snapdragon...

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