Qualcomm has announced the development of a new chipset, theÂ Mobile Station Modem(TM) (MSM(TM)) MSM7227(TM) designed to enable high-performance, sub-$150 Smartphones. The MSM7227 solution will offer advanced processing and rich multimedia while utilizing HSDPA/HSUPA for broadband data speeds over 3G networks. It also can support all leading mobile operating systems including Android, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile(R) and BREW(R) Mobile Platform.
“We see a significant opportunity to bring the best features of today’s Smartphones to the mass-market segment,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Our new MSM7227 chipset offers manufacturers an attractive blend of performance and price, software re-use from the prior MSM7xxx-series products, and support for the industry’s leading mobile operating systems.”
The new MSM7227 chipset features a 600 MHz applications processor with a floating point unit, 320 MHz application DSP, 400 MHz modem processor, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, integrated Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS, 8 megapixel camera and 30 fps WVGA video encode and decode and display support. Manufacturers already using Qualcomm’s MSM7xxx-series chipsets can transition easily to the MSM7227 platform as the software is virtually identical and the package pin layout is very similar. The MSM7227 chipset offers a small 12mm x 12mm footprint and lower power consumption than the previous MSM7xxx-series chips.
The MSM7227 chipset is sampling now and commercial Smartphones based on the chip are expected to launch later this year.
Of course amongst Windows Mobile users Qualcommâ€™s name is rather mud, and Qualcomm will need to seriously deliver to redeem their reputation from the fiasco which has been the last 2 generations of Windows Mobile devices.
Read the full press release here.