Qualcomm's coming Snapdragon S4 tablet , which is designed to function as a mobile development platform, already has the latest version of Google's Android operating system up and running. The "soon-to-be-released" development platform will provide tablet content developers and manufacturers with the ability to build apps for the next generation of Snapdragon-powered mobile devices.
Earlier this month at its headquarters in San Diego, Qualcomm showed off a prototype running Google's Android 2.3 operating system to about 50 attendees at the company's industry analyst summit.
Since then, however, Qualcomm's engineers have been working to ensure that Android 4, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, will be able to take maximum advantage of all the capabilities offered by the company's current and next-generation mobile technologies.
"Not only are we working to get the source code fully optimized for Snapdragon S4 tablets, but we're rigorously working on the code so it also supports the rest of our Snapdragon processors," noted Qualcomm blogger P.J. Jacobowitz.
Last week, Qualcomm previewed two new Snapdragon S4 chipsets for smartphone applications that will feature dual-core CPUs running at 1 GHz. The new offerings, which are slated for delivery in the first half of 2012, will enable smartphone makers currently using the Snapdragon S1 to upgrade their designs to Qualcomm's latest technologies.
The chip maker also rolled out a third-generation of its Qualcomm reference design (QRD) ecosystem program. The goal is to enable third-party device manufacturers to develop differentiated high-volume smartphones with lower development costs and faster time to market, the company said.
"Smartphones present a large business opportunity for many of our customers, which is why we have created the QRD ecosystem program to assist them with developing compelling product designs with competitive differentiation," said Qualcomm Senior Vice President Cristiano Amon.
At the same time, however, Qualcomm is looking beyond the smartphone market and is prepping even more powerful Snapdragon S4 chips for media tablets and laptops. During the company's recent summit with industry analysts, Qualcomm executives said they expect a combined 600 million laptops and media tablets to be sold in 2015, based on the average forecasts of five analyst firms. (continued...)
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