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Intel Atom, Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips Upgraded for 2013 Devices

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LAS VEGAS, USA – Qualcomm, Nvidia and Intel recently announced more powerful and efficient chipsets for smartphones, tablets and notebooks.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 800 SoC, which will be in devices sometime around the middle of the year. Touted to be 75% faster than the current S4 Pro powering the likes of the Droid DNA, the Snapdragon 800 will have four cores, clockable to up to 2.3 GHz, together with an Adreno 330 graphics processor.


The 800 will also have support for resolutions up to 2560 x 2048, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, FM radio, and 4G LTE integrated right into the chipset.

Qualcomm S800 Snapdragon Fortress

Intel, on the other hand, announced that it is bringing later this year a new quad-core Atom processor codenamed Bay Trail, smaller and more powerful than the Atom chips found in present Windows 8 Pro tablets.


In the mean-time, Intel said that its hardware partners are readying new phones based on the Atom Z2420 Lexington and Z2580 Clover Trail+ chipsets. The Z240 features a low-power Atom processor that will provide a longer battery life and will power cost-conscious devices from Acer, Lava International, and others. The Z2580 will feature a dual-core Atom processor and a dual-core graphics engine and will be incorporated in performance and mainstream smartphones, including the already announced Lenovo K900.

Intel Atom Z2420 smartphone reference design

NVIDIA officially unveiled the Tegra 4, which retains the 4-plus-1 arrangement of the Tegra 3, but is created with a a new 28nm manufacturing process, and comes with a whopping 72 GeForce GPU cores, Cortex A15 cores on-board, and compatibility with LTE networks. Offering six times the Tegra 3’s visual output, and this new chip is the world’s fastest mobile processor, NVIDIA says. Device manufacturer Vizio displayed this by announcing a light-weight 10-inch tablet powered by Tegra 4 at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Nvidia Tegra 4 chip

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By , International Correspondent, Cebo (Philippines) office
Published on Jan 16th, 2013 GMT +2


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