Qualcomm preparing quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, sets eyes on laptops

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Chip maker Qualcomm is preparing a quad-core version of its Snapdragon S4 processor, according to a report on Computerworld. The S4 chips are expected to power a new generation of laptops that are thinner and lighter than current ultraportable laptops such as Apple's MacBook Air, giving devices launched under Intel’s ultrabook initiative a run for their money. Rob Chandhok, senior vice president at Qualcomm, described the devices as: "We think much lighter than what Intel calls an ultrabook."

According to Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), the differentiating factor of its ARM-based chip is its 4G connectivity and strong multimedia qualities. A 28-nanometer process also means that the S4 will have improved power efficiency and performance compared to the older Snapdragon. Moreover, the company is also "thinking about 64-bit support" for the Snapdragon, according to the report.

The line between smartphones and laptops is blurring, as Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) works on even more power-efficient chips suited for smartphones and companies like Qualcomm unveil more powerful processors that can drive laptops. There is no doubt that Intel is feeling the heat though, given that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will be launching an ARM-based version for its flagship Windows 8 operating system for the first time later this year, though its lack of manageability may entail a slight upper hand for Intel-based platforms yet.

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