BARCELONA: Qualcomm has boasted that its dual-core S4 Snapdragon chipset can outperform Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core processor as the firm goes on the offensive at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy at Qualcomm, took a thinly-veiled swipe at the Nvidia, claiming that it is not just the speed of the CPU and the number of cores that matter.
"It's a delicate thing to talk about one design being better than the other, so I'm going to leave you to decide whether four is better than two and whether size matters," he said during the Snapdragon update.
"The S4 dual-core outperforms most quad-core chips - not because of one thing, but because of the overall systems approach. The S4 Pro MSM8960 processor featuring the Adreno 320 GPU that was announced yesterday will deliver four times better performance and set a new standard for the mobile space."
Chandhok also claimed that Qualcomm chips are able to deliver high-performance for sustained periods of time and without sacrificing battery life.
The S4 processor will be found in devices such as the HTC One S and also the hybrid Asus Padfone.
"We don't just think about how fast the CPU is going to be, but the balance between CPU and GPU - all the components of the hardware chain and how they relate to operating systems," he said.
The senior vice president went on to dismiss rumours that Qualcomm chipsets will be behind the performance curve when it comes to powering Windows 8 devices.
"Rumours that performance is not where it should be are not true. We are happy with what we are launching for Windows 8. Direct X11 is something that we working on for first time. Performance wise we are ahead of competitors in places that matter for consumers," he continued.
There is no time frame for when we will see the S4 chipset used within Windows Phone devices, with Chandhok noting that it is up to Microsoft to announce a release date.
"We have a deep partnership with Microsoft and worked with them from launch of Windows Phone. The operating system takes advantage of silicon and exploits every feature we have in the chip."
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