Qualcomm’s 64-bit processors graduate to mid-range phones, but high-end must wait
Qualcomm(s qcom) is definitely taking the scenic route in its journey toward 64-bit mobile computing. At Mobile World Congress on Monday, Qualcomm announced a new 64-bit architecture for mid-range Snapdragon chips and its first octa-core mobile processor. High-end smartphones and tablets, however, are stuck with quite powerful Qualcomm’s 32-bit Snapdragons, at least until Qualcomm moves 64-bit technology into its top-tier 800-series processors.
While you expect device makers and silicon vendors to target 64-bit chips at the their most sophisticated devices as Apple(s aapl) did with its new iPhone 5s, Qualcomm has gone the opposite route. It started making 64-bit processors for cheaper smartphones; not quite entry level, but one step removed. With unveiling of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 it’s moving the architecture into more sophisticated devices, but not the flagship smartphones and powerful tablets Snapdragon is most known for.
I asked Qualcomm Technologies VP of Marketing Tim McDonough…
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