Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 800, their flagship mobile chip recently, and this week they introduced the Snapdragon 200 family with six new chips geared at China and other emerging markets, at the other end of the market.
Available with dual- and quad-core CPUs, the new processors incorporate HSPA+ (21Mbps) and TD-SCDMA radios, but not integrated LTE radios like the 800 and 400 family of chips.
Snapdragon 200 chips are optimized to provide good multimedia using Qualcomm’s Adreno 302, and features support for dual cameras (up to 8MP rear and 5MP front) and long battery life. It includes multiple SIMs (dual standby, dual active and tri standby), iZat location tech, and Quick Charge 1.0.
The chipsets come in dual and quad-core flavors (8×10 and 8×12) and will be built on a 28nm process (same as the 600 and 800, current 200s are made at 45nm). Android, Windows Phone and Firefox OS devices are expected to use the chips. The company expects to ship the new processors in late 2013.
Meanwhile, a new Galaxy S4 variant, expected to be announced today (Engadget’s live blog), which will likely use a Snapdragon 800 chip (MSM8974), that supports the LTE-Advanced standard in both paired (FD) and unpaired (TD) flavors with carrier aggregation, combining different frequency bands.
Qualcomm’s IZat location platform adds WiFi location to bring precise indoor positioning to mobile phones, tablets and network infrastructure. According to the company, the IZat indoor location solutions will enable compelling consumer experiences in public places and help open revenue streams in the retail, travel, entertainment and hospitality industries.
Qualcomm’s IZat Indoor Positioning Software debuted on the Snapdragon S4 processors, including the MSM8960 Pro and APQ8064 coupled with the MDM9x15. Cisco and Qualcomm Atheros are working together to optimize their respective indoor positioning capabilities.