Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform Tablet – Quad-core and more

Wednesday 7/25/12 10:04am
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Posted By Leon Farasati
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A few months ago I posted about the Snapdragon™ Mobile Development Platform (MDP), based on Qulacomm’s Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. I’m excited to tell you that Bsquare has just released a new MDP, the first available in a tablet form factor, featuring the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor by Qualcomm®.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 MDP Tablet
The Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP is the first available in a tablet form factor.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP/T (Tablet) is designed to give you early access for innovating, testing, optimizing and showcasing your applications and games. It features the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, which will be commercially available in consumer devices later this year (and is already getting accolades from Engadget, SlashGear and The Verge for performance benchmarks). The Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP is ready for development right out of the box, running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is available months before consumer devices will be in stores. You won’t need to install any software or drivers; just open the box and connect to a PC with a USB port and start loading, testing, and optimizing your apps.

What’s New with the Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP:

  • Tablet form factor– The larger form factor is designed so you can develop your apps for Android smartphones and tablets and includes a higher resolution, 10.1” WXGA multi-touch display.
  • Quad-core processor – The Snapdragon S4 Pro processor has 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core CPUs, which provide longer battery life while running CPU-intensive apps.
  • Powerful built-in graphics – The latest generation, Adreno™ 320 GPU, is more than two times faster than the Adreno 225 GPU. This opens the door to more-complex shaders, more effects and better gameplay in your apps.
Asynchronous Cores Save Battery Life

We’ve recently been showing a demo that illustrates how developers can take advantage of asynchronous symmetric multiprocessing (aSMP) in the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The demo runs four unique HD video clips simultaneously in separate panes, with each pane tied to one of four cores. The clock speed of each core is also displayed in each pane, which varies depending on the video frames, as each core decodes and plays its own video stream independently, at its own frequency and at its own rate of power consumption.

Without this asynchronous functionality, all cores would run at the same frequency as the highest core, consuming more overall system power. When cores don’t need to run as high as the others, they consume less power. The result, of course, is longer battery life while running your processor-intensive apps. You can watch this demo in the video recording of my presentation from Uplinq, The Advantages of Using the Snapdragon MDP for App Development (I show the demo from 10:10-16:00).

Next Steps

The Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP is now available from Bsquare, where you’ll find more information including product specs, documentation, software updates and technical support. 

There are also several tools available to download, that you can use to develop and test on the Snapdragon S4 Pro Tablet, including: