February 27, 2012 – Qualcomm Incorporated announced that the company will offer a Pro version of the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor to enable even more capable mobile computing devices.
The Snapdragon S4 class, which has more than 120 OEM designs in development, is already raising the bar on performance, as reported in recent product reviews.
The S4 Pro processor features the Adreno 320 GPU, support for higher resolution displays, as well as hardware and software compatibility with the S4 class. The Adreno 320 is a high performance programmable GPU-with up to a four times performance improvement-providing a superior user experience for Web browsing, games, user interfaces and other graphics applications.
The Adreno 320 also infuses the S4 Pro version with new multimedia capabilities, including computational camera-the ability to tap directly into the computational capability of the Adreno 320 GPU through new APIs like OpenCL, to enable next-generation use cases such as light-field cameras for mobile devices.
In support of next-generation 3D graphics APIs, Adreno 320 will enable more realistic 3D graphic effects through hardware acceleration of advanced rendering features like instancing, occlusion queries and multiple render targets. Adreno 320 also includes dedicated hardware to accelerate Windows and fully supports the top game engines in the industry from Unity, Epic and others.
The S4 Pro version of MSM8960 is optimized for the most advanced operating systems, including the anticipated Windows 8 system.