Qualcomm in talks with OEMs for 'smarter smart phones'

Written by Rachana Khanzode | Mumbai | Updated: May 15 2009, 05:46am hrs
Taking mobile technology a step ahead, the worlds largest maker of cellphone chips, Qualcomm, is looking forward to smarter smart phones that could be used as computing devices.

The company has developed a dual processor chip called Snapdragon chipset, that will have a processor of about 1 Ghz. These, in turn, would be used by computing and mobile manufacturers to make phones that are capable of high-speed downloads and computing.

The company is currently in talks with various computing and mobile phone firms in this regard. Interestingly, Qualcomm has never been involved in making chip sets that could be used for computing devices.

Besides using the chip to make smart phones, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), both in mobile and computing, will also be able to develop smart books that will be highly portable, thin and small and could be also used as a phone. Rajagopalan Thiagarajan, director, business development, Qualcomm India, said, We are not trying to develop full-blown laptops with 4Ghz processors, but we feel that there is a market between the laptops, netbooks and smart phones which we can capture. And the processor is powerful enough to support this. It also supports both CDMA and GSM base with 3G.

Toshiba has already launched a smart phone based on this technology in Europe and the firm expects similar initiatives in India by the end of this year. The enhanced high-end chips would support operating systems like Windows, Android and Research In Motion. These devices would have computing capabilities like email, browsing and downloads. The computing/mobile devices would also have battery life of about 12-15 hours.

The Indian market already has similar product line called netbooks from OEMs like HP, HCL, Asus, Lenovo and Dell, amongst others. However, these haven't seen a huge response out here.