Qualcomm’s Chipset Roadmap: 1.7GHz Dual-Core + Adreno 225 for 2011, Quad Core for 2013


Qualcomm looks just about set to make even more leaps in the chipset game to get them caught up with their competitors. A new roadmap spotted shows where Qualcomm’s headed with their plans in the next few years. For starters, we’ll be getting 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz dual-core chipsets near the end of this year which are expected to make its way into phones in Q4 2011 or Q1 2012. It’ll have an Adreno 225 which is said to rival the GPU powering the Playstation Vita.

Next up is a bit more of the same. The 8230 and 8930 are both set to be dual-core offerings with their cores clocked anywhere between 1GHz and 1.2GHz, depending on what the manufacturer wants. The biggest difference will be in the graphics department where phones will be powered by Adreno 3 (305, to be specific) which will take us far beyond the possibilities of the Playstation Vita and more into the realm of the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3.

Finally, 2013 will bring us their quad-core beasts with chipsets ranging from 2.0GHz to 2.5GHz in clock speed and an Adreno 320 GPU. Needless to say, I’m ready to throw the power of a mid-range gaming computer into my front pocket.

These all sound very good, but when you think about how far along their competitors are, you start to wonder if their efforts will matter in the coming years. I’m mainly talking about NVIDIA, who has their quad-core Kal-El Tegra 3 chipset coming later this year. To be fair, they are in line with Samsung and are actually ahead of Texas Instruments in the chipset games when it comes to technological advances. Still, quite a long wait between now and 2013. [Engadget]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. This is cool! But, I just wanna see my Galaxy S 2. (Preferably on Sprint.)

    1. How about all the carriers like the original galaxy s. Maybe some verizon lte love?…

  2. And this “amazing” Adreno 305 STILL pushes less triangles than the PowerVR SGX 540 in the Hummingbird and OMAP4.

    1. Only if you believe Samsung’s press releases. According to Imagination Technologies, the PowerVR SGX 540 does 20mts which is 1/4 of the Adreno 305.

      1. Yes, but coupled with the Hummingbird is the OneDRAM chip, which is dedicated 128 mb of the 512 mb of RAM, and it allows the GPU to push 90 mts and the CPU to execute more instructions per second. In order to push 90 mts, the GPU needs 12.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth, and the chip somehow gives it that. I don’t know exactly how it works, but Samsung is right when they say it does 90 mts in the Galaxy S.

        1. So the Hummingbird processor is capable of 20 mts but then you couple it with some RAM and it can magically now do 90 mts? Something wrong there. Even Samsung says 20 mts for the Hummingbird:

          As I understand it, the only time the 90 mts figure was even mentioned by Samsung was in a pre-release presentation for the Galaxy S.

      2. Huh? If that’s true, then why do games look better on my Nexus S than a PSP that only pushes 33 million?

        1. Yes, that’s actually a good question ;)
          The PSP should technically annihilate the Nexus S if what he said is true.
          But as we see here, that’s not the case…

  3. Wasn’t their quad core supposed to arrive next year? Now it got pushed to 2013?

  4. Interesting..Quad Core would indeed come out next year and we would see phones by end of next year!!!

    Seems like Qualcomm is banking on integration of LTE + all 3G in their chipsets and with low power ( which NVIDIA can’t do believe it or not).

    If i have money to put , I would bet on QCOM first rather than NVDA.

  5. Guys, the 8230 and 8930 scheduled for 2012 are actually less powerful than the 8960. Considering a lower clock speed and a crappier GPU, those chipsets are meant for mid-range phones as stated by Engadget. Despite its name, the Adreno 305 is not better than the Adreno 225. This has been said by GSMArena and some other specialized sites. []

  6. 1080p@60fps – I’m really waiting for this :P 30fps is just choppy :( (maybe not for everyone, but for me it’s just slideshow)

  7. So, what is “WCD9310”? Is this a kind of “sound” related IC? Others such as 8960, 8921, RTR8600, WCN3660 all make sense but this WCD9310. Someone, please advise!!

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