Qualcomm Prepping 2.5GHz Snapdragon Processors for Next-Generation Smartphones Discussion
Qualcomm, chip provider for HTC and BlackBerry smartphones, has revealed some of the details on its next-generation processors. The Snapdragon S4 line will be significantly faster than the current version.
Re: Qualcomm Prepping 2.5GHz Snapdragon Processors for Next-Generation Smartphones Discussion
For the moment, but such things tend to come in fits and starts--processors stagnated for quite awhile at the ~600 and ~1000 MHz marks. Now they're having a growth spurt.
Of course there's no guarantee that these processors will actually clock at 2.5 GHz when they hit the street. A processor might be capable of that in development, but they end up deciding that the performance/power ratio doesn't work. Something similar happened with the most recent generation of XScale processors: Intel demoed them at 1.25 GHz, at a time when 624 MHz was top of the line. But that speed only offered a 25% boost in actual performance over a 624 MHz chip, so when the things finally shipped, they did so at a clock speed of 800 MHz, to balance out performance versus power consumption.