Qualcomm Looks to Extend Snapdragon S4 Platform to HDTVs, Windows 8

Paul Lilly

Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone, which is scheduled to launch in the U.S. later this month, is the newest device to rock Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but it surely won't be the last. Qualcomm is eying bigger (literally) and better (arguably) things, likes high definition TVs, tablet PCs, and stationary computing devices running Windows 8. They're all on Qualcomm's radar.

Qualcomm's updated Snapdragon S4 portfolio now includes four processing classes: S4 Prime, S4 Pro, S4 Plus, and S4 Play. According to a press release our friends at Endgadget procured, S4 Prime processors will power the next wave of enhanced smart TV platforms. These will be 1.5GHz quad-core CPUs based on Qualcomm's Krait micro-architecture, supplemented with Adreno 320 graphics.

S4 Pro processors will also feature Adreno 320 graphics and support higher resolution displays. Two processors will comprise the Pro line -- APQ8064 and MSM8960T (the Pro version of MSM8960) -- both of which will take aim at Windows.

Next on the list is S4 Plus, a line dedicated to basic smartphones on up to high-end handsets and tablets. The most fleshed out of all four categories, the S4 Plus line includes almost a dozen processors, including MSM8960, APQ8060A, MSM8660A, MSM8260A, APQ8030, MSM8930, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, and MSM8227.

Finally, the S4 Play tier specifically targets high-volume smartphones with dual-core 1.2GHz CPUs coupled with the Adreno 203 GPU. An integrated 3G radio will also come standard.

Image Credit: Qualcomm

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