SAN DIEGO -- During a keynote at the Uplinq 2010 Conference here, Paul Jacobs,
chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc., revealed a new development platform for its
chip line in the emerging mobile Internet device (MID) space.
For some time, Qualcomm has been pushing the chip line for MIDs, dubbed
Snapdragon. Freescale, Intel, Marvell, Nvida, TI and others are pushing
Still, the MID market is in its infancy and there is no clear leader in the
chip space--yet. And it appears Qualcomm is behind the curve amid product
But contrary to popular belief, Qualcomm is gaining traction for Snapdragon,
as some 140 devices are being developed based on the chip line, Jacobs said.
Qualcomm recently displayed a range of these devices, including smartphones,
pocket tablets, and smart books in both full-size tablet and clamshell form
factors. The smartbook device category includes devices with 7-to-15-inch
displays, including clamshell and tablet form-factors.
Snapdragon-powered devices being demonstrated include Acerís Liquid and
neoTouch smartphones, Dellís Streak 5-inch Android tablet, HPís Compaq Airlife
100 smart book, HTCís Droid Incredible and Nexus One smartphones, Huaweiís S7
tablet and Lenovoís LePhone smartphone.
It's unclear if these products will take off. To help OEMs, Qualcomm has
rolled out a new development platform. The platform will accelerate the
development of systems based on Snapdragon, he said.
The platform includes a Snapdragon device, the MSM8655 cell-phone chipset and
other feature. As recently reported, Qualcomm has delayed a promised dual-core
Snapdragon processor for smart books from 2009 until the second-half of 2010,
according to a company executive.
The dual-core Snapdragon QSD8672 is based on two Scorpion cores. The Scorpion
is itself a Qualcomm custom core compatible with the ARMv7 instruction set. The
QSD8672 device was scheduled to be the first of a third generation of processors
in Qualcomm's Snapdragon family.
Meanwhile, data traffic over mobile networks is exploding, thereby requiring
new technologies to keep up with the frenetic demand, according to Jacobs in the