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New processor support UHD video, Advanced LTE, and 802.11ac

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) market is growing crowded, and the competition is intense.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930Exynos 5250, Intel Corp.'s (INTCAtom Z2760, and Apple, Inc.'s (AAPLA6X are currently trading blows atop the performance charts.  NVIDIA Corp.'s (NVDA) is claiming its just released Tegra 4 processor (28 nm) is the "world's fastest" mobile chip.

I. Qualcomm Airs Second Generation 28 nm SoC Product

That list leaves off one big player -- Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM).  A year ago Qualcomm released the Snapdragon S4, a SoC that went on to become one of the most popular chips among high-power Windows RT and Android devices.  This year at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Qualcomm announced its answer to the aforementioned competition -- and a departure from its naming.

The San Diego, Calif.-based chipmaker ditched the SX style names for this generation, instead naming its chips (from low- to high-end) Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, and 800.  The new second-generation 28 nanometer designs are expected to launch in mid 2013.

Snapdragon 800
The new Snapdragon series will land this summer. [Image Source: Liliputing]

The chips pack Qualcomm's new Krait 400 cores, which can be clocked up to 2.3 GHz.  Qualcomm packs up to four of the cores in its high-end 600 and 800 series chips.

Also onboard will be the latest bleeding edge communications standards.  There's an on-die third generation Advanced LTE modem capable of pulling down 150 megabits-per-second in the high-end 800 series.  Also supported are 802.11n and the upcoming 802.11ac wireless standard.

II. UHD Video and Quad-Cores

The Snapdragon 800 will be clocked at 2.3 GHz and will be roughly 75 percent faster than the fastest Snapdragon S4.  The Snapdragon 600 will be clocked at 1.9 GHz and be 40 percent faster that than the fastest Snapdragon S4.  

The 600 will feature a "speed enhanced" version of last generation's Adreno 320 on-die GPU from Qualcomm's in-house GPU family which it purchased from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s (AMD) in 2008 and has been building on ever since.  The 800 will take things a step further with an Adreno 330, which is estimated to be twice as powerful as the Adreno 320.

Adreno inside
The new generation of Adreno on-die GPUs will be up to twice as fast.

The new GPU will be able to power ultra high-definition displays -- which can be up to a ludicrous 2560x2048.  And dual signal processors (on-die) allow for up to 55 megapixel imaging sensors, capable of capturing an equal-ridiculous 4K (3840 × 2160) perfect for those new television sets, also aired at CES 2013.

The new chips also support LP-DDR3 and Bluetooth 3.0.

III. The Market Divides

The new Qualcomm chip marks an interesting division amongst the ARM consortium.  Qualcomm and Apple are pushing advanced independent architectures.  Meanwhile Samsung and NVIDIA have adopted ARM Holdings Plc.'s (LON:ARMlatest and greatest Cortex-A15 reference design and modified it. 

ARM Cortex A15
NVIDIA and Samsung use ARM's proprietary Cortex-A15 core designs. 
[Image Source: ARM Holdings]

The division divides the SoC crowd into three distinct camps: x86 (Intel Atom and AMD's APUs), custom ARM (Apple, Qualcomm) and modified Cortex-A15 (NVIDIA, Samsung).

Qualcomm has its work cut out for it competing with Tegra 4, Clover Trail+ (also due out mid-2013), and the rest of the pack.  You can expect its first chips to be Snapdragon 600s, which will land in Q2 2013 according to the company's press release and wildly random press conference (which featured Big Bird, Star Trek, Desmond Tutu, Steve Ballmer, Maroon 5, and more).

Sources: Qualcomm, The Verge

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RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By theapparition on 1/10/2013 10:18:16 AM , Rating: 2
Technically, it's a Delaware based company, even though it's headquartered in CA.

When you get down to it, most companies are Delaware based.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/10/2013 11:48:46 AM , Rating: 2
According to their page, Qualcomm started in Cali and is based in Cali. Not Delaware. They have offices in Delaware though.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/10/2013 11:50:58 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, looking over the offices, they don't even have on in Delaware.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By theapparition on 1/10/2013 11:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
Go take a look at their 2012 proxy security filing.

I'll give you an excerpt:

To the Stockholders of QUALCOMM Incorporated:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting) of QUALCOMM Incorporated (the Company), a Delaware corporation , will be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, California 92121, on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time for the following purposes:

As I said, most companies are technically incorporated in Delaware, because of the tax ramifications of doing so.

Yes, they must have a physical presence in Delaware, even if it's an empty office with mail piled up next to the mail slot.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/10/2013 12:03:15 PM , Rating: 2
Which is amusing, considering I can not find ANYTHING to indicate as such. Nothing. Zero.

That includes their own site, wiki, Google.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/10/2013 12:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
But I do see what you are showing. That's...odd.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By theapparition on 1/10/2013 12:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing odd about it. If you were in the industry, you'd understand.

Almost all corporations are technically based in Delaware. Go to many financial statements, and you'll see that they list Delaware as the state of incorporation. It's done for tax reasons.

But as the filing shows, it is 100% a Delaware corporation that happens to be headquartered and operated out of California.

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By bobdelt on 1/10/2013 1:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
It has nothing to the with the "industry".

The state where a company incorporates is not the state it is headquartered in - those are completely different concepts. You're acting like a "db" "know it all" because you learned one thing in your high school business class.

Companies are not required to have a physical presence in the state they incorporate. They can pay an agent to represent them in that state and file the paperwork.

Company's incorporate in certain states like Nevada and Delaware because the laws are setup to make it very easier to incorporate, and are friendly towards businesses. Incorporating is a states issue, not a federal issue. So every company has to pick a state. Most large companies pick Delaware because of the reduced amount of paperwork required.

It has little to do with taxes as many states have no corporate taxes. It has more to do with the lost cost and low paperwork requirements.

But regardless, incorporating in a certain state does not make that your headquarters. Congratulations on finding an sec filing, but you have no idea what they are, because you're not in the "industry"

RE: Qualcomm Texas based?
By theapparition on 1/14/2013 12:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, OK.

I only own my own corporation and do quite nicely. So, nice try to insult me.

I was always quite clear that where a company was headquartered and where they were incorportated were quite separate and didn't have any bearing on one another. But if you want to get technical, it is a Delaware company. Also never made any mention of the federal vs. state issue.

As for the technical merit of your post, it actually sounds correct, and maybe even a bit more correct than my explanation. I go off the information my accountants give me. You know, those people I hire and keep on payroll to be experts in those fields.

So keep up the db references and bad assumptions, while I keep my Delaware incorporated business running quite fine. Perhaps some day you'll grow up and work for me.

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