Qualcomm has announced that it will begin offering an advanced version of its popular Snapdragon S4 processor that will cater specifically for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
The S4 Pro MSM8960 processor will feature Adreno 320 GPU support that can handle higher resolution displays, faster web browsing and a better gaming experience, Qualcomm said.
The firm also said it would enable devices to support next-generation 3D graphics APIs, allowing hardware acceleration and advanced rendering features such as instancing, occlusion queries and multiple render targets.
The firm also said the processor is optimised for the most up-to-date operating systems, including Microsoft's much-vaunted Windows 8 system, which is set to be released later this year.
"Snapdragon S4 and S4 Pro are designed to enable tablets and notebook devices to deliver the high performance, flexibility, global 3G/4G connectivity and energy efficiency consumers are increasingly demanding," said senior vice president of computing at Qualcomm, Luis Pineda.
"We are excited about the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor's potential for consumers, and about the upcoming Windows 8 platform."
The updated S4 Pro is set to be released in the second half of 2012.
The mobile market is become increasingly competitive for chip makers, with Intel's technology set to first start appearing in devices during 2012, with network operator Orange the first firm to offer devices with its processors inside.
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