The Snapdragon name has risen to fairly significant prominence over the last couple of years as the title of Qualcomm's range of widely used mobile processors.
Since processors have gone dual-core, however, rival Nvidia has clearly edged ahead in the processor arms race. But Qualcomm is very much still in the fight, and has ambitious plans for its quad-core Snapdragon line.
Speaking at the Uplinq conference last week, Qualcomm CEO Dr Paul E Jacobs promises the quad-core Snapdragon chip is “coming soon”, though with the first dual-core Snapdragon processors only hitting the market now, there's clearly a big difference between announcing the technology and seeing actual products on shelves.
Nvidia, meanwhile, is jumping ahead with its popular dual-core Tegra 2 line, which has become a particular favourite for the latest generation of high-performance Android tablets. And its quad-core Kal-El technology was announced month ago already, and is set to start appearing in mobile devices early next year.
Qualcomm clearly has its work cut out, then, but any kind of competition is only going to benefit the end user, and that can only be a good thing.
Via Into Mobile