Qualcomm promises high performance – you are allowed to laugh

qualcomm Qualcomm has announced the development of a new chipset, the  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 Qualcomm’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.

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