June 1, 2009 / 3:39 AM / 10 years ago

Qualcomm to upgrade its Snapdragon chips

NEW YORK, May 31 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said it plans to launch an upgraded version of its Snapdragon chip which supports applications such as mobile video.

Samples of the new chips will be available for customer tests before the end of this year, the company said on Sunday.

The chip, which uses 45 nanometer technology, is expected to reduce battery drain for advanced features, according to Qualcomm, which competes against Texas Instruments TXN.N in the market for application chips.

Qualcomm said the new QSD8650A chip would support 3D graphics, high-definition video recording and playback, as well as Global Positioning System (GPS) features.

The dual mode chipset would work in phones and portable computers using both CDMA, a wireless technology developed by Qualcomm and used widely in the United States, as well as UMTS, a wireless standard that connects cellphones around the world.

Qualcomm said that over 15 manufacturers are developing more than 30 Snapdragon-based products. Toshiba Corp (6502.T) launched the first phone using Snapdragon in February. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Anshuman Daga)

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