Now, we know that CPUs might not be the most exciting thing to some people, but Qualcomm’s newly released ‘Snapdragon’ CPU is pretty darn impressive, thanks to its dual-cores. This is the third generation of the Snapdragon line, with the model specifications of  MSM8260 and MSM8660, specifically. We’ve already seen a few phones with Snapdragon chips in them, and those are fast, fast, fast — so it can only get better from here. The MSM8260 supports HSPA+, and the MSM8660 has 1xEV-DO Rev. B & multi-mode HSPA+. This is where it gets sweet, for a mobile chip — there’s integrated GPS, 1080p video encoding and decoding, a GPU with 2D / 3D acceleration, an audio engine, and  24-bit WXGA 1,280 x 800 pixel display support. That’s the resolution of my notebook, folks — these things are powerful. They’ll be hitting Android phones starting this summer.

Qualcomm Ships First Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset

- Third-generation Snapdragon Solutions Feature Two Application Processor Cores Running up to 1.2 GHz to Enable Advanced Smartphones -

TAIPEI, Taiwan – June 1, 2010 – Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of wireless technologies, products and services, today announced the Company has sampled its first dual-CPU Snapdragon™ chipsets. The Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM8260™ and MSM8660™ solutions integrate two of the Company’s enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. Targeted at enabling high-end smartphones, the MSM8x60 solutions are third-generation chipsets from the Company’s expanded Snapdragon platform, which has been powering smartphones, tablets and smartbook devices in markets around the world.

“Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon chipsets set a new standard for advanced smartphones and smartbook devices, and our second-generation solutions are already shipping in volume,” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We are very excited by the innovation our customers are already showing as they begin designing products based on our dual-core MSM8260 and MSM8660 chipsets.”

The MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. B feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance, including a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of chipset solutions includes:
· First-generation products: QSD8x50™ with 1GHz enhanced core
· Second-generation products: MSM8x55™ and QSD8x50A™ with 1GHz enhanced core including multimedia optimizations and 1.3GHz enhanced core, respectively
· Third-generation products: MSM8260, MSM8660 and QSD8672 with dual-CPU architecture featuring enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively

Chris Gullo