New Qualcomm 2011 / 2012 roadmap and SoC specifications: MSM8960, MSM8930, MSM8974 and Adreno 320

Remember the old Qualcomm 2011/2012 roadmap I posted about a couple of weeks ago? Well, here’s a new more up-to-date one that just appeared on the net. The internal PDF document is principally about the company’s LTE chipsets and technology but there’s also so new info about the upcoming Krait based 28nm dual-core SoCs that will start shipping in less that 6 months.

UPDATE: Qualcomm’s legal department contacted me and asked me not to link the PDF document and remove the images.

First we have the MSM8960 which is Qualcomm’s first Windows 8 certified SoC and is expected to start shipping in Q4 2011. The specifications are the following:

• Dual 1.5-1.7 GHz Krait/ L2 1MB
• 2x500MHz LPDDR2
• LTE FDD/TDD cat3(8960); DC-HSPA(8270)
21HSPA+(8260A)
TD-SCDMA (8960, 8260A)
• 1080p HD Video@30fps; 3D 20Mpix
• Adreno 225 3D/2D 125M tri./sec (DX9.3)

As you can see the CPU’s core will be clocked between 1.5 and 1.7 GHZ and the SOC will feature an Adreno 225 GPU which supports the DirectX 9.3 feature set (DX9 + ShaderModel 3).

In Q3 2012 comes the lower-en model, the MSM8930 with one memory channel,lower CPU clocks and less powerful GPU surprisingly named the Adreno 305 even though it’s less powerful then the Adreno 225. It’s entirely possible that the Adreno 225 is effectively a higher clocked variant (or mult-core) of the Adreno 220 and that the Adreno 305 is the new architecture… The specifications are the following:

• Dual 1.0-1.2GHz Krait/ L2 1MB
• 1x533MHz LPDDR2 • 1x533MHz LPDDR2
• LTE Cat2/DC-HSPA+ (8930)
21HSPA+ (8230)
TD-SCDMA
• 1080p HD Video@30fps; 3D 12MPix
• Adreno 305 3D 80M tri./sec (DX9.3)

Qualcomm is also planning on an low-end MSM8228 for Q3 2012 with the following specs:

• Dual 1GHz Krait / L2 512KB
• 1x 400MHz LPDDR2
• 14.4HSPA+
• 720p HD Video@30fps; 12Mpix
• Adreno 305 3D 80M tri./sec (DX9.3)

Finally we have the MSM8974 which I guess replaces the MSM8964/APQ8064 scheduled to launch in Q1 2013 with the following specifications:

• Quad 2.0-2.5 GHz Krait/ L2 2MB
• 2×667/800MHz LPDDR3
• LTE Cat4, DC-HSPA+, 1xAdv/DOrA/B
TD-SCDMA
• 1080p HD Video@60fps; 30Mpix
• Adreno 320 3D 225M tri/sec (DX9.3)

Qualcomm also details its Modem roadmap which includes the MDM9200, MDM9600, MDM9215, MDM9615, MDM9625, MDM9225:

You can try to grab the PDF from here. Thanks TJ!


  • Anonymous

    They need to put some DX11 compliant GPU. I want to use C++ AMP on the upcoming W8 Tablets :)

  • Jjiang

    They like DIY every thing including GPU,CPU,VPU,LTE…, coool!

  • phoenix19861

    samsung galaxy s4

    - Snapdragon S4 MSM8974 Quad Core
    - Adreno 320
    - 2GB Ram
    - 12 mp 1080p camera
    - 4.5 display