Not surprisingly Qualcomm had one of the larger booths at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and one of the focal points was the new new ARM platform Snapdragon S4. We had a chat with Qualcomm and squeezed one of the tablet prototypes.

Senior Director of Marketing Michelle Leyden Li gave us a thorough walkthrough of the new platform built on ARM’s processor license but with Qualcomm’s own Krait architecture instead of ARM’s Cortex architecture. Qualcomm’s booth was dominated by tablets based on the Snapdragon S4 platform and we managed to bring one of these into the interview room where got an insight into what we can expect from future Snapdragon units.

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The circuit inside these was the dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960, with 1.5 GHz clock frequency, an Adreno 225 graphics circuit, and integrated LTE/4G modem. All nicely packaged in a 28nm-made chip.

Qualcomm expects the first Snapdragon S4 products to appear during the Summer and already during CES, ASUS showed its Padfone and Lenovo uncovered its IdeaPad S2 sporting Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chips, which also looks to become the first two to reach the market. A topic we will be covering in future reports.


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