Who isn’t on the hunt for faster, better and more stable? When you’re talking about gadgets, a lot of that has to do with the processor chip. Of course it’s not the only factor — there are other considerations, such as onboard memory, resource management, etc — but a beefy processor is a good place to start.
In light of that, hardware geeks may take notice of remarks made by Qualcomm, a beast in the components industry whose processors are used in the some of the hottest tech on the market. According to CEO Paul Jacobs, 250 new devices will feature his company’s Snapdragon applications microprocessor. That’s in addition to the 125 gadgets that were already announced.
“Mobile is now the dominant computing platform, and it’s never going back,” says the executive. “Computing has changed forever.” Indeed, Intel-convert Microsoft is including them on its Windows 8 devices, a line of computers which borrows heavily from mobile technologies. And all of its Windows Phone 7 handsets run on Snapdragon as well.
When it comes to mobile processors specifically, there are some unique challenges that aren’t necessarily inherent in full-fledged computers. With each new generation, phones and tablets are becoming more robust, and resulting in a bigger demand for more power along with improved battery management. The hurdle, however, is stuffing all of that into the compact little chipsets necessary for smartphones, tablets, handheld gaming devices and cameras, among other things.
As the industry and customer expectations have crossed the 1GHz threshold, with more hitting at the 1.5 GHz marker, a few competitors are offering some fierce competition. Among the heavyweights are NVIDIA‘s Tegra 2, Texas Instruments OMAP 4470, Samsung‘s Hummingbird and, of course, Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon SoC, or “system on a chip.” (There’s also Apple‘s A5, which gets a lot of press, but as a proprietary processor it’s only found on the company’s own iOS devices.)
There’s actually a decent write-up on Hubpages on the differences between the major players, so if you’re interested in the nuances of ARM chips (as most of those are), dual versus quad cores, and other details, hit up the link for more info.
Are you an admitted processor snob? Which one do you lean toward and why? Weigh in below.