Qualcomm has announced its new 64-bit mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 410, which is targeted at entry-level smartphones.
As per Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 410 processor can be expected to go under sampling in the first half of 2014 and will likely be in commercial devices by the second half of 2014.
The latest Snapdragon 410 processors are manufactured using 28nm process technology and feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with the Adreno 306 GPU, full-HD video playback and supports for up to a 13-megapixel camera.
The company notes in a press release, “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.”
Further, the Snapdragon 410 chipsets feature integrated 4G LTE and also support 3G connectivity, apart from support modes for dual-SIM or even triple SIM.
Other features of the Snapdragon 410 chipsets include integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, NFC functionality, and support for all major navigation constellations (GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset supports Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems.
Commenting on the announcement Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China said, “We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub-$150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. 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.”
Notably, Apple seems to have started the trend towards 64-bit processors in mobile devices, with the iPhone 5s and its custom Apple A7 SoC. Samsung followed suit after, with an announcement that it’s next-generation flagship would also sport a 64-bit processor.
Recently, Qualcomm unveiled its next generation of Snapdragon 800 tier mobile processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset features a Krait 450 quad-core CPU, which the company claims is the first mobile CPU to run at speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core. The Snapdragon 805 also features the Adreno 420 GPU, which according to Qualcomm delivers 40 percent more graphics processing power than the GPU on the Snapdragon 800.