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Qualcomm builds a faster Snapdragon and a higher-capacity radio chip

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

Qualcomm(s qcom) hasn’t yet tackled the octuple-core mobile processor yet, but on Wednesday it did announce some significant improvements to its application processor line as well as the baseband chips that connect phones to the network.

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 805, a quad-core processor with an improved CPU design based on its Krait architecture. Each core can run at clock speeds as high 2.5 GHz, which Qualcomm Technologies EVP and co-President Cristiano Amon said was an industry first.

Sony Ultra HDTVOn the multimedia front, Qualcomm has designed the new Snapdragon to support Ultra HD resolutions and 4K video rendering thanks its new Adreno 420 graphics processing unit, which Amon said is 40 percent faster than its GPU predecessors. Though Ultra HD may not seem that useful on a phone, eventually smartphones and tablets will be used as multimedia appliances to feed content to external displays. The new Adreno supports advanced features…

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