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From: slacker7112/21/2012 8:04:35 AM
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Krait preview by Anandtech...a must read.

Occasionally we'll see performance numbers that just make us laugh at their absurdity. Krait's Linpack performance is no exception. The performance advantage here is insane. The MSM8960 is able to deliver more than twice the performance of any currently shipping SoC. The gains are likely due in no smart part to improvements in Krait's cache/memory controller. Krait can also issue three NEON instructions in parallel, up from two in Scorpion, which may also contribute to the performance advantage here.

Moving on we have our standard JavaScript benchmarks: Sunspider and Browsermark. Both of these tests show significant performance improvements, although understandably not by the margins we saw above in Linpack:


Final Words
It goes without saying that MSM8960 is a hugely important SoC release for Qualcomm. It's the first release with Qualcomm's new Krait CPU architecture, an entirely new cellular baseband with support for nearly every air interface, and is manufactured on TSMC's 28nm process. It says something that we're able to hold 28nm TSMC silicon in our hands in the form of the MDP, and it's only a matter of time before we start seeing Krait show up in devices in 2012.

We've gone over basically all of the benchmarks available to us on Android right now, and yet subjective performance impressions are still valuable. The MDP8960 is the absolute fastest we've seen Ice Cream Sandwich thus far - the UI is absolutely butter smooth everywhere, and web browsing in either Chrome or the stock Android Browser is also the smoothest we've seen it. There's no stutter bringing up the application switcher, or taking screenshots, two places that 4.0.3 still drops frames on the Galaxy Nexus.

Krait offers another generational leap in mobile SoC performance. The range of impact depends entirely on the workload but it's safe to say that it's noticeable. The GPU side of the equation has been improved tremendously as well, although that's mostly a function of 28nm enabling a very high clock speed for Qualcomm's Adreno 225. We are eager to see what the Adreno 3xx GPUs that will pair up with future Krait SoCs can do.

The big unknowns today are power consumption and the performance of shipping devices. While we were able to provide power numbers using Qualcomm's handy Trepn tool, we couldn't produce a reference point on older silicon. The move to 28nm and a second generation of cellular basebands has generally been heralded as being the answer to our battery life issues, particularly with LTE. It remains to be seen just how much of an improvement we'll see there. Knowing how much power MSM8960's cellular architecture uses is especially relevant when you consider that MDM9615 includes the exact same modem as MSM8960.

These initial results look extremely promising, however. Krait based devices should begin shipping sometime next quarter, the wait is almost over.

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From: Bill Wolf2/21/2012 8:14:29 AM
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In a Change, Intel Hopes to Matter at Mobile World Congress
Published on February 21, 2012
by Ina Fried

Historically, Intel has not been much of a presence at Mobile World Congress, nor much of a factor in the mobile market. This year, though, it hopes to change all that.

“2012 will be the year when we deliver the proof that yes, we are there,” Intel general manager Hermann Eul told AllThingsD in an interview last week at the company’s Santa Clara, Calif. Headquarters.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Intel announced a reference design for phone makers as well as initial deals with Motorola and Lenovo. The company hopes to build on those by announcing new names and technologies in Barcelona next week.

This year may be devoted to getting in the game, but Eul said Intel’s ambitions extend well beyond just being one of several players.

“It will take us maybe a year or two,” Eul said. “We can make thigns work that nobody has thought of. That is our clear target. It is not about playing a me-too.”

Intel’s first foray is in the high-end Android space, but the company eventually hopes to be a serious contender throughout the smartphone market.

The biggest challenge, Eul said, has been just getting the company to think differently when it comes to the mobile market.

“Change is always hard for human beings,” Eul said. “Change is harder for people that are successful and Intel is an ultra-successful company.

But, Eul said he has been impressed with Intel’s dedication as well as its willingness to put outsiders in charge of such key businesses. Eul joined Intel in February 2011 when the company acquired the former Infineon communications chip business.

When Eul walks the corridors of Intel or sits in meetings, people often talk about the many years or decades they have been at the company.

“I can only respond in months not in years,” he said. “This is such an important part of business for Intel and Intel has put this in the hands of people not even a year with the company.

Eul’s unit, which is co-run with former Apple and Palm executive Mike Bell, is responsible not only for the chips that go in Android phones and tablets, but also those that will power Windows 8 tablets.

For Eul personally, the hardset thing about the shift has been the move to Silicon Valley and giving up the unlimited speed of the Autobahn in his native Germany.

“I have always enjoyed things that go fast ,” said Eul, who also enjoys skiing and wakeboarding. These days though, he is busy enough trying to move fast I the chip business, even selling off a beloved motorcycle.

“That was painful,” he said, but added “I recognize my life does not leave me time for my motorcycle.”

That said, the steaks here are better, so he’s learning to adjust.

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From: phatbstrd2/21/2012 8:23:13 AM
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Qualcomm Announces Fifth Generation Embedded Data Connectivity Reference Platform

— Newest Addition to Gobi Platform Family is Industry's First to Support Multiple LTE Bands on a Single Device for 4G Connectivity —

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced its fifth generation Gobi™ embedded data connectivity reference platform for mobile devices, including thin form factor laptops, tablets and convertibles. Based on Qualcomm's Gobi 4G LTE wireless baseband modems, the MDM9615™ and MDM9215™, the technology delivers fast LTE connectivity on FDD and TDD networks worldwide, with backwards compatibility to both HSPA+ and EV-DO networks. This will allow support for regional LTE frequencies with backwards compatibility to existing 2G/3G technologies, allowing Gobi 4G LTE devices to connect to the faster LTE network locally and stay connected to the Internet globally on 3G networks worldwide. The reference platform will support leading operating systems, such as Windows 8 and Android, with a broadband interface with carrier selection. It is also designed to support these leading operating systems on multiple processing platforms, including our Snapdragon™ dual-core and quad-core processors and x86 platforms.

Embedded modules based on the Gobi fifth generation reference platform will initially be available from Huawei, Novatel Wireless, Option, Sierra Wireless and ZTE in several form factors and regional configurations, making them a compelling 4G LTE solution for a variety of connected mobile devices.

"Mobile computing and broadband connectivity have already become indispensable tools in the road warrior's arsenal," said Fram Akiki, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With Windows 8, we expect to see an increasing variety of mobile computing devices also in use by connected consumers around the world. Our Gobi fifth generation reference platform helps ensure that OEMs can develop products across their choice of operating systems and hardware platforms to meet the growing demand for mobile connectivity."

Qualcomm's latest Gobi 4G LTE connectivity reference platform includes embedded GPS capability and features an application programming interface (API) with LTE extensions, which is compatible with leading connectivity standards, including CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and LTE, with integrated backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO. The API provides a common software interface for developing connection managers, GPS applications and other manageability or security solutions that help connect, locate and manage a broad range of 3G/4G devices, regardless of wireless technology and operating system. This interface will help streamline product development efforts, spur application development among third-party software developers, and deliver greater flexibility to device manufacturers.

"As one of the most widely used business PCs in the world, Dell Latitude brand laptops need to support a broad range of technology so our customers can connect virtually anywhere and at any time, and Qualcomm's Gobi platform helps us achieve this," said Kirk Schell, executive director and general manager of Dell's Business Client Product Group. "As mobile broadband technologies evolve, Qualcomm's Gobi technology is an option our customers frequently select to stay connected no matter what kind of network they are on thanks to its multi-mode capabilities."

"Qualcomm's Gobi platform has proven to be a compelling wireless solution for embedded mobile broadband connectivity, adding to the performance, security and reliability of our ThinkPad laptops," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad, Lenovo. "We look forward to giving our customers an even faster mobile Internet experience with Gobi 4G LTE technology."

"Huawei's mobile broadband modules and data cards are used by OEMs and consumers worldwide, so support for multi-mode operation is a key feature of our products," said He Jinjun, director of Device Module Business, Huawei. "Qualcomm's fifth generation Gobi reference platform will give our LTE devices the multi-mode support they need to remain connected virtually anywhere."

"Our Expedite Module portfolio contains multiple products offering LTE support based on Qualcomm's Gobi technology," said Rob Hadley, chief marketing officer, Novatel Wireless. "We look forward to offering our OEM customers new embedded modules using next-generation technology targeting devices such as notebooks, netbooks and tablets.

"At Option, we have a long standing relationship with Qualcomm in providing innovative 3G, 4G LTE and WLAN connectivity solutions with enhanced performance, functionality and usability," said Bernard Schaballie, general manager, embedded solutions, Option. "Qualcomm's Gobi technology has been a key enabler and we look forward to using its fifth generation Gobi reference platform in our new GTM801 LGA module family."

"Sierra Wireless has offered wireless modules with LTE support since 2010, and Qualcomm Gobi technology has been important to the success of our LTE module program," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Computing for Sierra Wireless. "Our LTE modules give OEMs the ability to embed support for the latest mobile broadband technology in a variety of connected devices, and the fifth generation Gobi reference platform will help ensure these connections provide a fast, consistent user experience."

"Qualcomm's Gobi technology has been used in many of our mobile broadband USB modems and mobile hotspots for some time now," said Dr. Liu ShuLiang, data product planning director, ZTE. "LTE will give mobile consumers the fast data rates and reliable connections they need to make their mobile computing experience a productive one. We look forward to delivering fast LTE USB modems based on the Gobi technology."

As one of the largest providers of wireless chipset and software technology in the industry, Qualcomm has a diverse chipset and software product portfolio spanning multiple device classes. System designers now have the flexibility to choose from multiple embedded Gobi solutions, ranging from 3G through high-speed, multi-operator 4G LTE. Qualcomm also offers its family of Snapdragon all-in-one processors with the option for integrated multimode 3G/4G, dual-band Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth, FM radio connectivity and differing numbers of CPU cores for the most power-efficient designs.

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From: Bill Wolf2/21/2012 8:28:35 AM
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Global competition for LTE handsets to heat up in 2012, say Taiwan makers
Daniel Shen, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 21 February 2012]

As there will be more than 100 mobile telecom carriers around the world to begin commercial operation of LTE (Long Term Evolution) services in 2012, Nokia, Sony Mobile Communications and China-based ZTE and Huawei Device will launch LTE handsets, and this is expected to intensify global market competition in 2012, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and South Korea-based vendor Pantech together accounted for 68% of global sales of LTE handsets, mainly in the US and South Korea markets, in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Taiwan-based vendor HTC and Motorola Mobility shared 17% and 10% respectively, the sources cited Strategic Analytics statistics as indicating.

In 2012, mobile telecom carriers in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, North Europe and West Europe will begin to provide LTE services and this will generate increasing demand for LTE handsets, the sources indicated.

HTC, in addition to launch of LTE smartphones through cooperation with Verizon Wireless and AT&T in the US market, has launched LTE smartphone model, HTC Velocity 4G, in Australia, Hong Kong and Germany through partnership with local telecom carriers, the sources noted.

ZTE and Huawei may take the initiative to launch relatively inexpensive LTE handsets, the sources pointed out.

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From: Bill Wolf2/21/2012 8:37:34 AM
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To: slacker711 who wrote (109716)2/21/2012 8:51:42 AM
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Kudos to the marketing team at Qualcomm. The timing of this review is simply perfect. Bloggers and mobile geeks are going to be working themselves into a frenzy about Krait just ahead of MWC....which is when various Tegra3 handsets are supposed to be announced. I have already read comments wondering about HTC's roadmap. Their "flagship" is supposed to have a Tegra3 processor with another handset using a MSM8960....a few people are wondering which will be the true flagship model :-).

The best part is that while the CPU performance is great, the improved power efficiency might be Krait's biggest highlight. Hopefully, that will show up with some dramatic real-world differences with A9 based handsets.


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To: slacker711 who wrote (109721)2/21/2012 9:24:40 AM
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Slacker, re: MSM8960 Krait preview ...a must read/ Marketing Team Kudos

Thanks for posting that “timely” review…”The performance advantage here is insane..”

A little more on the marketing team leader……


Bill Davidson is senior vice president of global marketing and investor relations for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, Davidson provides leadership for Qualcomm’s marketing and public relations efforts worldwide and is the primary liaison with the media, investment community and Qualcomm shareholders.

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To: phatbstrd who wrote (109718)2/21/2012 9:42:42 AM
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---> Support Multiple LTE Bands.

Funny that PR doesn't note the specificly supported LTE bands. With the reference to using 3G/2G globally, it sounds like it is the US (North American?) based LTE bands.

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From: Jim Mullens2/21/2012 9:48:12 AM
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Qualcomm Life Announces Formation of Advisory Council, New Customer Collaborations and Investment in AirStrip Technologies

- Qualcomm Life to Exhibit at HIMSS12 Annual Conference (Booth #13234) -

Press Release: Qualcomm Incorporated – 2 hours 0 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM - News), today announced the formation of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Council and the expansion of its 2net™ Ecosystem with new customer collaborations. These include Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, the largest children's hospital in California, Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system based in San Diego, and Advanced Warning Systems, a company focused on wireless remote patient monitoring. Additionally, the Qualcomm Life Fund expanded its portfolio with an investment in AirStrip Technologies, a pioneer in mobile medical software applications. Qualcomm Life will be showcasing its customers' devices and applications, as well as its 2net Platform and Hub at the 2012 HIMSS Annual Conference at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas (Booth #13234).

"Qualcomm Life has experienced significant momentum in just the first two months since our launch. The formation of our Advisory Council, which includes industry leaders from providers, payors, pharma, academia, manufacturers and venture capital firms, gives us the opportunity to bring thought leaders together to define and broaden our vision and impact," said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life. "The Qualcomm Life Fund also continues to make strategic investments in early-stage high-technology ventures in support of our goal of accelerating global wireless health services and technology adoption. AirStrip is a perfect example of this as its technology retrieves information wirelessly both at the point of care in the hospital and remotely."

Formation of Qualcomm Life Advisory Council

Chaired by Dr. Ilene Klein, Qualcomm Life's Chief Medical Advisor, the Advisory Council is comprised of several influential leaders in health care, wireless and mobile health. It is being created to help Qualcomm Life validate its solutions and services and provide valuable feedback to help grow its business.

"Given the proliferation of wireless technology worldwide, we have a unique opportunity to impact how care is delivered. Mobilizing patient data in a secure environment and making it readily accessible offers a solution that we expect will decrease costs and improve health outcomes across different disease populations. In convening our Council, Qualcomm Life hopes to provide viable solutions for some of health care's tougher challenges," said Dr. Klein.

"New technologies to help remotely manage diabetes and other chronic conditions, to care for our growing elderly population and to deliver care anytime, anywhere are critically needed," said Dr. Eric Topol, who is a member of the Advisory Council and also chief academic officer, Scripps Health; professor of genomics, The Scripps Research Institute; and, The Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine and Senior Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine, Scripps Clinic. "In the near future, the use of wireless platforms will help address these needs, improving the quality and cost structure of care delivery. Qualcomm Life is a leader in the field and I look forward to serving on the Advisory Council to help it achieve its goal of enabling its customers to innovate for the betterment of health care."

Growth of 2net Ecosystem

To date, more than 50 customers and collaborators are integrating with Qualcomm Life's 2net Ecosystem, creating an interoperable and value-enhancing ecosystem of medical devices, mobile medical applications and health services companies. These include new customers Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Sharp HealthCare and Advanced Warning Systems.

Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, a 442-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego has entered into a unique collaboration with Qualcomm Life to improve the effectiveness of pediatric health care through advances in wireless technology. Rady Children's and its affiliated physicians network will help clinically evaluate and test medical devices for remote patient care wirelessly integrated by the 2net Platform, offering wireless health providers integrated in the 2net Ecosystem the ability to test their technology in a clinical setting at a premier pediatric hospital.

Sharp HealthCare, which includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals and two affiliated medical groups, and Advanced Warning Systems, have each entered into collaborations with Qualcomm Life to wirelessly enable existing health care service offerings with the 2net Platform and Hub.

Additional Investments by Qualcomm Life Fund

The Qualcomm Life Fund is working to accelerate wireless health services and technology adoption, specifically focusing on wireless health business initiatives that will help drive 2net Platform adoption and the adoption of other wireless health initiatives. In addition to investing in the wireless health companies Sotera Wireless, Telcare, AliveCor, Cambridge Temperature Concepts and WorkSmart Labs, the Fund recently made a strategic investment in AirStrip Technologies.

AirStrip Technologies is working with Qualcomm Life to develop wireless solutions that seamlessly connect doctors, caregivers and emergency workers with vital patient information at the hospital and from the home. AirStrip Technologies built its revolutionary AppPoint™ software development platform with a vision of securely sending critical patient information directly from hospital monitoring systems, bedside devices, electronic health records and home devices to a clinician's or caregiver's mobile device. FDA-cleared and designed to meet HIPAA-security requirements, AirStrip applications are powered over wired and wireless networks, delivering patient data anytime, anywhere.

"Today, mobile technology plays one of the most important roles as we enter the largest health care transformation ever. As the model of care shifts to an outcomes-based approach, mobility will be an essential vehicle to develop a more collaborative, patient-centered model that delivers improved care at lower costs," said Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip Technologies. "The AirStrip-Qualcomm Life collaboration will enable anytime, anywhere delivery of live, vital patient information throughout the continuum of care with an initial focus on home health. While the initial focus will be on congestive heart failure patients, we recognize a strong demand to expand availability to other types of chronic diseases and will work with Qualcomm Life to aggressively expand our reach in meaningful and collaborative ways."

About Qualcomm Life

Qualcomm Life is defining and connecting the wireless health network to improve lives and advance the capabilities of medical devices. Qualcomm Life is focused on device connectivity and data management and empowers medical device manufacturers to deliver wireless health quickly and easily to those who need it. The Qualcomm Life team has the experience and the wireless know-how to make the enormous complexities of a wireless connection look simple. We draw from our parent company's more than 25 years of wireless connectivity experience, know-how and universal interoperability to enable unified machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. To learn more, please visit

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To: slacker711 who wrote (109721)2/21/2012 9:56:32 AM
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I am all for improved power efficiency but I still do not understand the race for higher speed. I even tried watching movies on Netflex with my Apple 4S and no issue at all.

Any of you have issues with speed when it comes to your smart phones? I would rather have the operators spend more money in improving reception and acceptability than investing in multi-multi 8x core CPUs.

I still do not have good reception at home and at work but I have plenty of speed. But power efficiency is good.

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