), the leading chipset maker for mobile handsets in the world,
further enhances its advanced Snapdragon S4 800 processor, by
adding two more new features to its chipset.
Recently, the company integrated a voice-processing function
to Snapdragon 800 chip, thereby supporting voice command to get
activated without pressing a button. Moreover, it has also
included a quick charging facility to its new processor, thereby
enabling a 75% faster charging option to tablets.
However, other key features like 2.3 GHz clock speed, better
battery back up, New IZat location technology, Ultra HD video
recordings, display support and third generation 4G LTE modem
with 150 Mbps data speed support remains the same.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, which was
launched in early 2013 supports 4G LTE technology, which mainly
caters to premium smartphones category, delivering 2.3 GHz clock
speed and better battery back up. It is powered with new quad
core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon v5 DSP, hence
offering 75% improved performance than its earlier Snapdragon S4
Snapdragon 800 chipset is also combined with New IZat location
technology, thus allowing users a perfect navigation system.
Apart from supporting Ultra HD video recordings and display, it
also supports third generation 4G LTE modem with 150 Mbps data
Qualcomm also launched another advanced S4 chip called
Snapdragon 600 processor, powered with Krait 300 quad-core CPU
with a clock speed of 1.9 GHz, thereby offering 40% improved
performance than the S4 Pro processor.
Both these processors were distributed as samples but are
expected to be commercially available from the second half of
2013; Qualcomm has already gained 55 design wins, where the new
processors will be used.
Hence, we believe that the launch of these advanced processors
will help the company to compete in a better way with its close
) popular Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 processors, which supports better
graphics in smartphones and tablets.
According to the latest report presented by Gartner on
worldwide semiconductor industry, Qualcomm holds third place,
with 4.4% market share just behind the market leader
) and Samsung Electronics. As per the report, except for two
chipset manufacturers, Qualcomm and
), other semiconductor vendors declared fall in revenue in
In the recently concluded quarter, Qualcomm shipped around 182
million CDMA-based MSM chipsets, up 17% year over year. This
figure was far better than the company's guidance of a mid-point
of 173 million. Average selling price of mobile handset with an
in-build Qualcomm chipset during this quarter was around
So, with the availability of Snapdragon 800 and 600
processors, Qualcomm has not only raised its revenue and non-GAAP
EPS guidance for full fiscal 2013but is also expected to retain
its third spot.
Currently, Qualcomm carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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