During the last couple of years, the gadget, which emerged to be one of the most ‘popular’ gadgets, is the smartphones. Before we proceed with an overview of smartphone processors we must know what a smartphone is. This is typically a special type of mobile phone which has its own operating system. The purpose of this advanced OS is enabling many complicated and advanced features that would not have been possible on a simple phone. One of the earliest versions of the device included features of a Personal Digital Assistance (PDA). Later, as technology advanced, many more important facilities were added. To accommodate so many facilities on a single device, it required processors of top-notch quality. Modern gadgets require the facility of touchscreen. Now, if we do not want any lagging and seamless operations on our phones, then it is must to get good processing unit.
A look into the brain:
Intelligent readers would know what is meant by ‘brain’ in this context. These processing units decide the working flow of all the operations. Beneath the shell or body of your glossy device, these CPUs are responsible for all the multitasking that makes your device so enjoyable. So, one of the factors we look for when we select a phone is speed of the processor. In that aspect, some companies offer 1 GHz, some offers 1.2 GHz. Some companies offer dual-core or quad-core CPUs too. So let us look at the various offerings of these companies.
Qualcomm is one of the largest manufacturers in this particular industry. In terms of volume of products they shipped and also return on investment, Qualcomm is the leader. Their product is the SnapDragon processor. Although, at first, the design of SnapDragon was based on Qualcomm’s own architecture, later they went for the more popular and safe ARM architecture. Smartphones like HTC series, Nokia Lumia and Sony Xperia et cetera are using this CPU.
Samsung and its product Exynos has also become a very important development. Exynos is also christened as the ‘humming bird’. The only glitch of this processing unit is that it consumes a lot of battery life. Clients of Exynos are Samsung’s own Wave and Galaxy series.
Texas Instrumental’s OMAP is extremely important in this context too. Nokia N series brought the desired success for OMAP. Now-a-days, Motorola ‘Charm’ and ‘Droid’, Nokia N900 and others use this offering of Texas Instrumental.
Tegra is NVidia’s offering and it generated some positive feedbacks amongst users too. LG Optimus is one of the many clients of NVidia Tegra.
With the advent of Open Source development, it is to be seen that how that affects this particular industry in terms of providing top-of-stack performances.