In light of the fact that Windows 8 is coming soon, there is a lot of movement in the chip industry. posted a PDF document that appears to describe the roadmap of a range of Qualcomm products.

It details the following:

The MSM8960

This is Qualcomm’s first Windows 8 certified SoC and is expected to start shipping in Q4 2011.

The specifications are the following:

  • Dual 1.5-1.7 GHz Krait/ L2 1MB
  • 2x500MHz LPDDR2
  • LTE FDD/TDD cat3(8960); DC-HSPA(8270)
  • HSPA+(8260A)
  • TD-SCDMA (8960, 8260A)
  • 1080p HD [email protected]; 3D 20Mpix
  • Adreno 225 3D/2D 125M tri./sec (DX9.3)
Then, there’s:

The MSM8930



With one memory channel,lower CPU clocks and less powerful GPU surprisingly named the Adreno 305 even though it’s less powerful then the Adreno 225.
The specifications are the following:
  • Dual 1.0-1.2GHz Krait/ L2 1MB
  • 1x533MHz LPDDR2 • 1x533MHz LPDDR2
  • LTE Cat2/DC-HSPA+ (8930)
  • 21HSPA+ (8230)
  • 1080p HD [email protected]; 3D 12MPix
  • Adreno 305 3D 80M tri./sec (DX9.3)
and finally..

The MSM8974



The specifications are the following:
  • Quad 2.0-2.5 GHz Krait/ L2 2MB
  • 2×667/800MHz LPDDR3
  • LTE Cat4, DC-HSPA+, 1xAdv/DOrA/B
  • 1080p HD [email protected]; 30Mpix
  • Adreno 320 3D 225M tri/sec (DX9.3)

Qualcomm’s roadmap even goes so far as to lay out plans for a chip to arrive in 2013 which will offer a quad-core 2 to 2.5GHz processor.


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