64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 to bring 4G LTE support to budget-friendly devices in 2014

December 9, 2013
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Qualcomm on Monday announced a new Snapdragon 410 processor that will pack 64-bit support and power next year’s mid-range devices.

The official press release announcing the new processor – and Qualcomm’s first 64-bit CPU for mobile use – was sent to various German publications including MobileGeeks, although for some reason Qualcomm failed to publish it on its website.

In addition to 64-bit support, Qualcomm has shared several other characteristics for the Snapdragon 410, including LTE support, as well as support for Full HD video playback and 13-megapixel cameras thanks to a new Qualcomm Adreno 306 graphics processing unit that’s included in the new SoC.

Built on 28nm process technology, the chip offers LTE, 3G and GSM support for all frequencies and operating modes and support for dual and triple SIM use. Most interestingly, the phone will bring 4G LTE support to future budget-friendly devices:

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”

Snapdragon 410 SoC samples are expected to arrive in the first half of next year, and to power mid-range devices over the course of 2014. In addition to Android, the chips will also work with other mobile operating systems including Windows Phone and Firefox.

Only recently, Qualcomm unveiled a new flagship SoC for next year’s high-end devices, the Snapdragon 805, so it makes sense to also upgrade chips that will be included in low-end and mid-ranged handsets and tablets.

Furthermore, the company was rumored to announce 64-bit mobile processors at CES 2014, and even demoted a top exec for saying that Apple’s 64-bit A7 CPU is a marketing gimmick.

Show Press Release

Qualcomm Technologies Introduces Snapdragon 410 Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

—4G LTE, 64-Bit Processing Expands Qualcomm Technologies’ Global Product Offerings and Reference Design Program —

SAN DIEGO — December 9, 2013 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology. They feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with superior graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and up to a 13 Megapixel camera. Snapdragon 410 chipsets integrate 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for Dual and Triple SIM. Together with Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, Snapdragon 410 chipsets will have multiband and multimode support. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also support all major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems. Qualcomm Reference Design versions of the processor will be available to enable rapid development time and reduce OEM R&D, designed to provide a comprehensive mobile device platform. The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014 and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced for the first time the intention to make 4G LTE available across all of the Snapdragon product tiers. The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier. By offering 4G LTE variants to its entry level smartphone lineup, Qualcomm Technologies ensures that emerging regions are equipped for this transition while also having every major 2G and 3G technology available to them. Qualcomm Technologies offers OEMs and operators differentiation through a rich feature set upon which to build innovative high-volume smartphones for budget-conscious consumers.

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”

Qualcomm Technologies will release the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) version of the Snapdragon 410 processor with support for Qualcomm RF360™ Front End Solution. The QRD program offers Qualcomm Technologies’ leading technical innovation, easy customization options, the QRD Global Enablement Solution which features regional software packages, modem configurations, testing and acceptance readiness for regional operator requirements, and access to a broad ecosystem of hardware component vendors and software application developers. Under the QRD program, customers can rapidly deliver differentiated smartphones to value-conscious consumers. There have been more than 350 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 18 countries.

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