Jul, 05 2011

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]

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