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[linuxdevices] Qualcomm chips can bump existing smartphones to dual cores

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Qualcomm announced new chips that will let smartphone manufacturers upgrade existing designs to dual cores with no other hardware or software changes. The MSM8625 and MSM8225 run at up to 1GHz, include integrated 3G modems, and will work as drop-in replacements for the existing MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A devices, the company says.
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I like where this is heading. " drop-in replacements"

Qualcomm is stepping it up! I would love to see these at Newegg. Soon we will be modding, OCing, benching, on Tablets and phones thumb.gif
Wow
Edited by cayennemist - 12/12/11 at 5:42pm
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I wonder if this means that existing owners will be able to upgrade?
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I wonder if this means that existing owners will be able to upgrade?

Im not sure, as it says "drop in" but does that mean OEMs only? is the chip only market profitable? can you imagine being able to upgrade your Mobil stuffs.. biggrin.gif
Edited by cayennemist - 12/12/11 at 5:49pm
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It will depend on the software running on the phone.. take an Android phone for example even though it's open source and everything it will require a new kernel build with the new cpu configs/modules so in other won't see "drop-ins" from the consumer side.
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I thought chips were BGA or TSOP on smartphones. I guess some have slots/sockets? o.o
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I could maybe see you taking it in to a Sprint/AT&T/T-mobile/Verizon store and having them do it for you.

They'd put the new chip in and flash the phone with a new Kernel. Although I am not 100% sure if phone processors use sockets rather than just being soldered directly to the board.

If they're soldered then I just see manufacturers dropping the new chip in and calling it a new phone.
     
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That looks like it'd be a ton of fun to solder. rolleyes.gif
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If we have to pay... that's okay... I mean this is a step in the right direction. If power consumption will allow. In which it must to work. Somewhat...
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Think it means that manufactures can just replace the 2 processors listed above with these dual-core processors on the production line without a hardware reconfiguration. Every cell phone that's made today, the processors are soldered directly onto the board so it's virtually impossible to change them without some sophisticated equipment that I don't even know exists.
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I'm pretty sure they are soldered in. From what I read, any current Qualcomm phones being manufactured can have these put in instead of building a entirely new mainboard.

But Can you imagine if you could upgrade Mobil devices... the way you can a PC. Good for Qualcomm and consumers but bad for OEM's
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