Quite a long time ago, Qualcomm announced MSM8x26, a midrange Snapdragon 400 class SoC built on a 28nm LP process consisting of four ARM Cortex A7 CPUs running at 1.2 GHz alongside an Adreno 305 GPU. That SoC previously came in two flavors, MSM8226 and MSM8626, which connoted the usual combination of either just 3GPP suite air interfaces (HSDPA up to 21.1 Mbps, GSM/EDGE, TD-SCDMA, Dual SIM, Dual Active - DSDA for short) for 8226, or 3GPP and 3GPP2 (the same HSDPA up to 21.1, plus 1x/EVDO) for 8626. 

Today Qualcomm has announced a newer version of that Snapdragon 400 SoC, MSM8926. If you've followed Qualcomm's part numbers, this should be self explanatory - it has LTE. It's essentially the same 8x26 SoC (still quad core ARM Cortex A7s at 1.2 GHz and Adreno 305), but this time includes the modem IP block from the upcoming MSM8974 and MDM9x25 family, which means Category 4 LTE (FDD/TDD) with support for carrier aggregation and DC-HSPA+ in addition to the other legacy 3G interfaces you'd expect. Qualcomm says to expect MSM8926 to become available late 2013.

Update: Clocks for both the Adreno 305 and Cortex A7s are unchanged, MSM8926 also supports LPDDR3 in addition to LPDDR2. 

Source: Qualcomm

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  • xaueious - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    For a moment there I was confused at why the Snapdragon 400 was a quad-core A7 part instead of a dual-core Krait 200. It took me a good while before I remembered that this is part of Qualcomm's useless branding.

    Any reason why a quad-core A7 configuration should be favored over dual-core Krait 200? I'm guessing this has a newer modem IP block and the dual-core Krait 200 still has Category 3 LTE without carrier aggregation?
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    8930 is still dual core krait with category 3 LTE, correct, like a cut down 8960.

    8x26 is this quad A7 deal with either the older generation modem or the new IP block for 8926 and new memory interface. This is essentially a way to make the SoC appealing as a midrange play for a few target markets.

  • marco89nish - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    At first look I thought it was Krait 400 cores with A7 cores in something like big.LITTLE configuration.
  • speculatrix - Friday, September 18, 2015 - link

    How many transistors would there be in a SnapDragon 400 SoC in a smart watch?

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