Qualcomm, seeing the success of Atom-based netbook, is planning to bring to the market a bunch of Smartbooks that is powered by the company’s Snapdragon platform. Qualcomm has just announced the new 45nm Snapdragon QSD8650A chipset, which will be used on Smartphones and Smartbooks.
The Snapdragon QSD8650A includes a 1.3GHz processor as well as 2D graphics accelerator and enhanced 3D graphics core. The chipset features multi-mode UMTS and CDMA 3G mobile broadband connectivity as well as support for GPS, WiFi, high-resolution WXGA displays and mobile TV technologies such as MediaFLO(TM), DVB-H and ISDB-T. Compare to previous generation Snapdragon, the QSD8650A consumes 30% less power but offer 30% higher performance.
More than 15 manufacturers are now developing more than 30 Snapdragon-based products, the first of which is the Toshiba TG01 Smartphone, introduced in February 2009.