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Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Shows Why Quality of CPU Cores Trumps Quantity

There’s been a lot of fuss in China about who was actually first to deploy a quad-core system-on-a-chip and how the term “quad-core” has been misinterpreted as the only component of the processor that’s driving performance.

Qualcomm Technologies believes that there’s more to a processor than the number of CPU cores. To prove this, the company came up with four side-by-side videos that show how a Snapdragon™ processor with dual CPUs trumps a competitive solution with Quad CPUs. 

Mar 20, 2013 by Francisco Cheng

Samsung and Dell Unveil Windows RT Tablets, Powered by a Snapdragon S4 Processor

At IFA Berlin, Dell and Samsung have each launched a 10-inch tablet and have taken major steps in making Microsoft’s Window RT the next big thing in mobile devices. The Samsung ATIV Tab is a 10-inch tablet that falls under the company’s new “ATIV” brand and delivers a full Windows 8 experience. Likewise, Dell launched the XPS 10, a gorgeous 10-inch tablet that caters to both consumers and professionals.

Aug 30, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Qualcomm’s HD Voice De-mystified

Mobile phone users, whether they want to admit it or not, are becoming more reliant on texting and emailing than making a typical voice call—and rightfully so. While there have been major advances in the areas of text recognition (i.e., dictation, visual voicemail, ) and email integration (i.e., POP3, OMAP, Exchange), the same can’t really be said about quality of voice calls. Well, that’s about to change.

Jul 25, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Windows® RT Gaming Across the Globe with Snapdragon™ S4 Processors

Microsoft’s Windows RT is such a new and exciting platform that most content, especially in the gaming area, is being greeted with open arms. Qualcomm recognizes the importance of Windows RT and recently demonstrated how Microsoft has already taken advantage of some of the key technologies within our Snapdragon S4 processor. The task at hand: Multiplayer gaming across the globe with Windows RT.
Jun 27, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Snapdragon S4 Processors Powering the Connected Home

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processors can be found in some of the sleekest, most powerful mobile devices in the market, but what may not be immediately obvious is that these processors can power devices beyond smartphones and tablets.
Jun 27, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

What Integrating a 4G LTE Modem means to the Snapdragon S4 Processor and Battery life

The advantage of buying a Smartphone equipped with a 4G LTE modem is clear: you can surf the web, video conference, or play multiplayer games at up to 10 times the speed of conventional 3G. In some cases, these phones have enough data throughput capability to be their own mobile hotspots and share their 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. So what’s the catch?
Jun 20, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Qualcomm Introduces BRITE and GridView for Snapdragon

If the major theme for mobile devices this year isn’t reducing battery drain, it should be. How often do you glance down at your phone or tablet halfway through the day, only to notice that most of its battery life is drained after letting it sit untouched the whole time? While there are many potential culprits that reduce battery life, the biggest one is the display. In fact, Android devices have a battery usage monitor that tells you exactly what’s eating up all the battery life, with the screen being responsible for most of it. Most users are left to manually dial down the brightness or let the OS control the brightness settings, but why should they even have to worry about this? Why can’t these technologies be baked right into the device? Snapdragon S4 brings two innovative solutions to this problem and makes them completely invisible to the user.
Feb 23, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Snapdragon S4 Handles 5.1 Surround Sound Capture and Playback

Audio is arguably the most overlooked component in mobile devices, because users assume audio fidelity is limited to a pair of small speakers and boilerplate headphone jack. What you may not realize is that a device as small as a Smartphone can be directly plugged into a sophisticated home theater system and that a mobile processor can drive the latest in Dolby, DTS, and SRS high fidelity audio.. The latest Snapdragon S4 processors brings the 5.1 surround sound theatre experience to mobile devices.
Feb 22, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

S4’s Adreno GPU: More than Just Gaming

The term Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) is often spoken in the same breath as gaming applications. A powerful GPU is directly responsible for smooth gameplay, high frame rates, and enhanced scenes with jaw-dropping effects. While the Adreno 225, the GPU component found in the Snapdragon S4 processor, is designed to render the most complex scenes in any given game, it also lends itself to some pretty impressive technologies and use cases that can be executed with an S4-equipped device.
Feb 21, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

The Snapdragon S4’s Adreno GPU takes Graphics to the Next Level

The ability to render with a GPU on mobile devices has created a world of possibilities for game, web, and graphics developers, as offloading graphics rendering from the CPU can free up valuable system resources. The embedded GPU found in the latest Snapdragon processors is custom-built by Qualcomm and aptly named the Adreno series, because it’s analogous to applying a shot of pure adrenaline to any graphics intensive task. With the latest S4 processors, the Adreno 225 takes center-stage with a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation Adreno 220 and is roughly 7.5 times faster than the first generation Adreno 200.
Feb 21, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Snapdragon S4 Camera Revealed

There’s been a lot of buzz about our Snapdragon S4 processor leading into Mobile World Congress 2012. It’s already well known that the S4 is the first mobile processor built using a 28nm process and the first to integrate 4G LTE, made possible because our chips are custom-designed from the ground up using the ARM instruction set. What hasn’t been fully revealed yet, however, are some of the finer details about the S4 and its many components which empower all the fun multimedia tasks that the average person can do with a mobile device.

Feb 17, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

HDR Photography on an S4 Smartphone

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a popular technique that blends a series of photos taken at different exposures and combining them into one image that looks slightly out of this world, similar to a 3D scene taken from a video game. It’s an attempt to overcome the limited dynamic range of most camera sensors, developing a full range of tones that, at most, only real human eyeballs can detect. Ordinarily, HDR enthusiasts would use an expensive DSLR camera and process these photos on a separate system using expensive editing software. But equipped with a powerful mobile processor, multiple photos taken at different exposures and software post-processing can all be done on a single device as small as a smartphone.

Feb 17, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

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