During an analyst meeting on Wednesday, Qualcomm announced plans to shrink the manufacturing process on its popular Snapdragon chipset from 65nm and 45nm to 28nm, according to an EETimes report.
"The MSM8960 will be a dual-core chip using an upgraded CPU core based on a new micro-architecture that delivers approximately five times the performance of the original Snapdragon at 75 percent less power," Qualcomm said.
That's a mighty claim for what's already a powerful platform, as even doubling up on performance would be a huge development. Marketing claims aside, the MSM8960 will be Qualcomm's first 28nm chip. Qualcomm says it will support LTE and all 3G modes, feature upgraded graphics with four times the performance of the original Snapdragon chipset, and include integrated connectivity for WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM.
Qualcomm plans to start sampling MSM8960 chips in 2011.