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Qualcomm giving their Snapdragon processor a speed boost

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    Qualcomm giving their Snapdragon processor a speed boost

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    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, which powers devices such as the Motorola Droid, HTC Evo 4G, and the Nexus One, is getting a bit of a speed increase according to the company. The next offering, dubbed the MSM8960, will run roughly 5 times faster than the first Snapdragon thanks in large part to its 1.2GHz dual core.
    Not only that, but the new chip will use 75% less power than its predecessors, which should make for some pretty epic phones (not to mention epic battery life). There are no details right now about when the chip might ship out, but we know it’s coming in 2011, so stay tuned.


    Source:talk Android
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    Holy cow, 75% less power....that would be nice.
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    yeah the beta testers have said the battery life is crazy good cant wait got to love technology gets better all the time
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    4 years ago the "best" smartphones on the market couldnt do anything compared to what is out now, they were 3x bigger in size and 100x lesser of a device.

    Cant wait to see what happens in the next few years.
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    So 28nm...thats the next chip technology we need to strive to get for better battery life....45nm just came out this year for phones...amazing...

    And ppl keep questioning whether dual core chips in phones will make the battery last only an hour. I read earlier this year where dual core chips have better battery life than single core ones.

    What we need as consumers is for the companies to NOT give us more power hungry features in these phones, and to NOT ship the phone with a small battery just because the chip is better on battery life.
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    dual core is supposed to have improved battery life over single core devices...
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    Claims like this are ridiculous, IMHO. A 1.2GHz dual core CPU is NOT going to run 5 times faster than its 1.0GHz single core counterpart. This is the same type of claim that went around when dual core PC CPUs became popular, and was rapidly disbunked. For one thing, an app must be multi processor aware to make use of the second core, for another thing there is a certain amount of overhead involved in splitting threads amongst cores. I'd say in a best case scenario, with a multithread capable app; we might be talking about 2 times faster.

    Even taking architechtural improvements into consideration, i'd say 2.5 times faster would be a stretch.
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    This is true....I am more interested in the difference in power consumption, because dual will "burn" less coal if you will, than single. And IMHO, battery life for the smartphones that are out now, given their size and power....is pretty decent already.
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    Well, the reduced power consumption is most likely more due to a process shrink and improvements in the CPU architecture. Were the design an exact dual core copy of the single core design, power consumption would increase (2x the transistors drawing power). A single core version of the new design would be even better battery-wise than the dual core.

    Again I question their claims, though. I can't see a 75% power savings, process shrink or not. Unless the GPU on the MSM8960 is absolute junk (decent GPUs tend to be power hungry).
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    ^Yes, but under normal operation the payload on a Dual core setup is reduced per processor and incrementally reduces power consumption.....in other words 2 engines can do the job with less than half the effort that one engine can. Now under heavy operations it would likewise consume more (than one would), but would obviously be able of producing more processing power also.