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Qualcomm wants smartphones to be more powerful than your PC

Would you believe that the smartphone you are currently holding how might actually have the raw processing power to completely outclass that full-fledged notebook or desktop PC of yours? Well, Qualcomm seems to think so. And with a new System-on-a-chip that features both a quad-core processor and GPU with clock speeds high enough to rival today's mid-range PCs, it seems that the day of reckoning for the traditional PC is close at hand. Or is it?

A quad-core processor coupled with a GPU that features 4 video processing cores sounds like the kind of hardware one expects to find in a mid-range desktop PC or high-end laptop, right? Well, don't be surprised, but consumers can expect to see such top-end hardware making its way to devices as small as smartphones by as early as 2012.

And when that happens, you can be sure that Qualcomm will have a major part to play in churning out hardware that delivers near PC-like performance in a smartphone. That is because the American  wireless telecommunication company has just unveiled its latest Snapdragon System-on-a-chip (SoC) which features the same specifications that we have listed in the paragraph above.

According to an article posted by Tom's Hardware, the new Snapdragon SoCs were announced by Qualcomm at this year's Mobile World Conference and is expected to be available in three different configurations, namely the MSM8930, MSM8960 and APQ8064. All three configurations will feature the new Krait processor core which reportedly features a completely new microarchitecture, an updated Adreno GPU and will come with the circuitry needed to perform various connectivity-related functions such as WiFi, GPRS, Bluetooth, FM and near-field communications (NFC).

However, it goes without saying that the star attraction of the trio is the APQ8064 Snapdragon SoC. With four Krait processing cores featuring clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm claims that the APQ8064 is capable of performance at levels up to 150% greater than the current-generation ARM processor cores, while still consuming 65% lesser energy than the latter. On top of that,  the new quad-core Adreno GPU is reportedly powerful enough to output full HD media content onto an external display and deliver graphics performance similar to what is found in today's video game consoles.

With smartphones like these, who needs PCs anymore? 

Source: Tom's Hardware

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