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Hardware, Embedded Systems "The name Snapdragon is fast becoming well-known among consumers as the chip to have inside your smartphone. Offering speeds of up to 1.5GHz at the moment, it's certainly one of the fastest mobile chips out there. Qualcomm doesn't want the reputation of Snapdragon to falter, though, so the chip manufacturer has just announced an update that will have smartphone and tablet users drooling. The next iteration of the Snapdragon processor line is codenamed Krait and uses 28nm manufacturing technology. It will be offered in single, dual, and quad-core versions with clock speeds up to 2.5GHz. If the huge increase in performance wasn’t enough for you, Qualcomm also boast a 65% reduction in power use over existing mobile ARM chips."
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Qualcomm did what Nokia should have
by jphamlore on Tue 15th Feb 2011 05:10 UTC
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Qualcomm did what Nokia should have for creating a next generation ARM SoC plus wireless/celluar capabilities. I believe Qualcomm settled with Nokia around 2008 their patent suit and also purchased a mobile GPU solution from AMD.

What Nokia needed was a complete hardware platform they could customize to serve both their low and high-end aspirations. By trying to ally with Intel, an enemy of most of the US celluar providers due to WiMAX, Nokia through the Meego alliance guaranteed they would have no platform at all by 2011 that would work for higher-end smartphones.

I am aware there are other ARM SoCs that are available to Nokia such as TI's OMAP that Nokia has used some products, but since Windows Phone products so far seem to use Qualcomm's Snapdragons, I wonder if Nokia is in for an even rougher ride than expected having to negotiate for even more concessions from a recent enemy.

I am convinced that an honest historical account, which may never happen, would conclude that it would have been far cheaper for Nokia to have chosen the harder path, of spending many billions developing their own ARM SoC platform and of then customizing their software by extending Symbian's capabilities on a platform they controlled.

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