Qualcomm, Intel showcase new chips for smartphones and tablets

Qualcomm and Intel have both showcased new processors for smartphones and tablets at the ongoing Computex trade fair in Taiwan.  While Qualcomm Technologies has expanded its Snapdragon 400 processor with the addition of a new processor with quad-core CPU and integrated LTE modem, Intel showcased its Bay Trail-T 22nm quad-core Atom SoC for tablets and Merrifield SoC  for smartphones.

According to a press release issued by Qualcomm, new Snapdragon 400 processor (8926) will be available in late 2013, so we should start seeing the first device using it by end of 2013 and early 2014. The processor is meant to be used in mid-range smartphones.

“By offering a multimode 3G/4G LTE variant to Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 tier of processors with quad-core CPUs, we are ensuring that emerging regions are equipped and prepared for the imminent transition to multimode 3G/4G LTE, in addition to being equipped for every major 2G and 3G technology,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president and co-president of mobile and computing products, Qualcomm Technologies.

According to Intel, the first tablets with 22nm quad-core Atom SoC (“Bay Trail-T”) will be available in time for holidays this year, while Merrifield powered smartphones will be coming in the first quarter of 2014.

Bay Trail-T delivers superior graphics and more than two times the CPU performance of the current generation, while Merrifiled will provide increased performance and battery life, noted Intel in a press release.

With the recent launches, Intel has started to look like a decent player in mobile chip market and the recent losses for NVIDIA has emerged as the gains for Intel. With this rate, by 2014, we will have three big players in the mobile chip market- Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Intel.

Source: Intel, Qualcomm

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