Generation E-Snapdragon The new S4 in question is up for a first and impressive test that leaves no room for doubt - there is something to look forward to
There are quite a few "big names" competing head to head in the smartphone and tablet chip market today, and Qualcomm is certainly one of the biggest on this list. The American chip developer controls nearly half of the entire cellular communications chip market (baseband), while the family of systems chip Snapdragon has a very significant footprint in the world of ultrasound devices Mobile.
The company's people are constantly working in the hope of making this data even more bombastic, with one of the main hopes resting on the shoulders of the series of chips.Snapdragon The upgraded and advanced S4.
Now, after quite a few reports, promises and a short wait, we finally get a little glimpse of what is preparing for us Qualcomm In the coming months.
Site anandtech.com Revealing The results of the first performance tests of the Smartcomm / Mobile Development Platform (MDP) from Qualcomm, based on chip MSM8960 with 28 nm lithography with a pair of Krait cores at 1.5GHz, a built-in graphics core of the Adreno 225 type, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch LCD screen and a resolution of 1024 × 600, Android In the 4.0.3 version, a camera equipped with an 13 megapixel sensor, battery Of 1,500mAh and more.
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For those who do not know and for those who have forgotten, we will tell and mention that Qualcomm, unlike most other chip keys on the market, does not use the "standard" Cortex cores that it offers. ARM, But develops its own unique cores on top of the company's technological base.
In the current generation, these were the Scorpion cores, which can generally be described as upgraded Cortex-A8 chips, whereas in the next generation (which we will have to call the current generation), these are the Krait cores, which will probably be described as a small step before The Cortex A15, the future generation of processing cores ARM Itself which is expected to hit the markets towards the end of the year - which should give the new and unique generation of Qualcomm A technological advantage of at least half a year over its competitors in the chip market, will perpetuate the concepts of this flourishing world.
The Krait cores are the most significant leap forward we have seen in the field of ARM chips in the past year, and the performance tests illustrate this well - the MSM8960 chip easily defeats all the chips available on the market today (including The Tegra 3 Quad-core) in Linpack tests, are for performance Core Single and for multi-core performance.
The hand of chip The new generation of Qualcomm The SunSpider and BrowserMark browsers and the Vellamo and Benchmark OS benchmark tests also outperform with the MSM8960 score difference ranging from about 20 to 100 percent or more.
Not only the Krait kernel, but also the built-in graphics core in MSM8960, the Adreno 225, did not stay on the side and was given an opportunity to prove what it was worth. As its name implies, the Adreno 225 core does not offer a new architecture and is actually identical to the core Adreno 220 in the advanced chips of Qualcomm Already today. The main differences between the Adreno 220 and the Adreno 225 are additional support for Direct3D 9.3 and the elevation of the basic working frequency from 266MHz to 400MHz, which is possible thanks to the reduced production process.
The results? Not as impressive as those of the Krait cores, but certainly indicate considerable improvement and place the Adreno 225 above the impressive core of the X-NM400 in Exynos 4, and even in line with the PowerVR SGX4210MP543 core of God-Apple A5 in some cases.
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The Snapdragon S4 chip family will offer the first chips on the market that will contain a built-in modem for fourth-generation LTE connectivity, in addition to second-generation and third-generation connectivity. This is not too current news for us (for now), but for the US and other countries where LTE networks are starting to develop, this is a significant leap forward that is expected to significantly improve the battery life of supported devices and contribute greatly to the new generation's consciousness. Know, maybe the new chip generation of Qualcomm Will also cause the cellular companies in our small country to be convinced.
|We have several more months of waiting until the arrival of "real" products, but this time it seems that patience will pay off.|
First devices to be based on the new MSM8960 chip, among them The HTC Ville, Tablet IdeaTab S2, The hybrid smartphone Padfone And perhaps also His new version Of the Transformer Prime, are expected to land in stores in the coming months.
We are waiting impatiently for this, and with you?
updating: Anandtech's hard-working guys took advantage of the recently updated Android Ice Cream Sandwich for ASUS's Transformer Prime tablet to bring together the MSM8960 chip face to face In front of one of its most significant competitors, the Tegra 3 quad-core chip NVIDIA, Now both running on the same version of the operating system.
The chip of NVIDIA Although Cortex A9 has a lot of advantage over the dual-core Cortex A8960 chips in some performance tests, it eventually found it difficult to stand up to the MSMXNUMX in most tests, both for the processing core and for the graphics core (the Transformer Prime is higher than the platform Development from home Qualcomm And not all tests could be performed at the same resolution, so it is possible that the "clean" differences between the two chips will be slightly different).
Bottom line - the new generation MSM8960 chips continue to impress. Now it remains only to wait and find out if the new architecture and the upgraded production process can offer surprising lines in the field of battery life that awaits us as well.