Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 410, Features 64-bit Architecture and LTE



Qualcomm announcement earlier this week (Monday) of its new Snapdragon 410 processor chip aimed for the emerging markets with 64-bit processing capability is the new chip to watch. Paving the way for a whole new 64-bit generation of ARM processors, such chipsets will equip smartphones and tablets by the end of the 1Q of 2014. The chip is a quad-core Cortex A53. Qualcomm will also see to it that LTE technology will become available across all of its Snapdragon platforms, from its cheapest chips for the developing world all the way up to its latest, most sophisticated systems on chips (SOCs) for high-end smartphones.

We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing, said Jeff Lorbeck, senior VP and COO of Qualcomm Technologies in China.

The new chip is actually designed with China in mind since it supports Chinese BeiDou GPS equivalent, as well as the dual and triple-SIM phone designs, that are common in Asia. It’s without a doubt that triple-SIM capability is not part of what most markets are acquainted to, and this part of the facts confirm the targeted markets by Qualcomm. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also feature Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, the company said, plus multiband and multimode support (without specifying exactly which bands they will support).Without a doubt the current technologies CDMA and GSM will definately be supported by the chip as most markets haven’t rolled out the LTE capability to their networks.

Just like computers the phones running this processor will definately need an upgrade on the memory to support 64 bit speeds and capabilities. The graphics too are based on the Adreno 306 GPUb which means some graphical games will now be possible on low end devices. Android, Windows Phone, and the new Firefox OS are all supported by the Snapdragon 410 chipsets.