1. ofutur's Avatar
    There is some logic when it comes to the way the SoCs which are used in BlackBerrys are named.
    Disclaimer: I'm not a Telecoms engineer

    The first letters
    MTP = Reference platform
    MSM = SoC with modem
    APQ = SoC without modem

    1st number
    Probably the global architecture. In this case Krait + Adreno, but there are exceptions

    2nd number
    • 9 LTE
    • 6 CDMA
    • 2 HSPA+
    • 0 No modem

    It gets messy with the last 2 numbers
    3rd number
    Generally, it's the GPU
    • 9 Adreno 430
    • 8 Adreno 420
    • 7 Adreno 330
    • 6 Adreno 320
    • 3 Adreno 305
    • 2 Adreno 305
    • 1 Adreno 302

    but there were not enough combinations, so new SoCs use the last 2 numbers to help us understand which components they are made of..

    The last number
    Used to be the number of cores, but again, things are changing
    • 0 dual-core
    • 4 quad-core

    Extra letters at the end
    Indicate that the chip was upgraded in one way or another. Could be the CPU or the GPU.
    • MSM8960 -> MSM8960T: GPU upgrade
    • 8930 -> 8930AB: CPU upgrade
    • MSM8960T -> MSM8960DT: CPU upgrade + extra Android chips

    Let's look at the 8960AB featured in the Z30
    It has:
    • LTE modem
    • Adreno 320 GPU
    • 2 cores
    • Upgraded CPU (Krait -> Krait 300)

    And the 8974 to be featured in the Z50
    It has:
    • LTE modem
    • Adreno 330 GPU
    • 4 cores

    You can find a whole list of models on Wikipedia

    Also, these chips have Qualcomm reference numbers, such as KR28M2A30 and code names such as WaveriderSG
    Last edited by ofutur; 10-03-13 at 05:15 AM.
    08-05-13 09:53 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    Good info! Thanks.
    08-05-13 10:01 AM
  3. ofutur's Avatar
    Added Adreno 420
    08-05-13 03:59 PM
  4. Mazokun's Avatar
    Wow thanks for posting. Liked the new info, very interesting stuff. But hey, which is the Z50? Would that be the rumored "King series "?

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    08-08-13 10:59 PM
  5. thurask's Avatar
    08-08-13 11:05 PM
  6. ofutur's Avatar

    Sent from my PlayBook v10.2.0.1155 Lite
    08-09-13 03:18 PM
  7. ofutur's Avatar
    I've just stumbled upon some of what Qualcomm has lined-up for 2014...

    • Aragorn-Pro 8974_Pro

    • Gandalf 8084
    • Trahira FSM9900
    • Luxor 8092

    • Elessar 8994

    • Thorin 8962

    • Istari 8094

    The marketing names are missing, but looks like we'll have 2 new Adreno GPUs in quad-core config.
    10-03-13 05:25 AM
  8. Skeevecr's Avatar
    Cue people moaning that BB don't jump straight to the 8994 rather than that 8974 which seems most likely for their next high-end device.
    ofutur likes this.
    10-05-13 01:23 AM
  9. ofutur's Avatar
    Cue people moaning that BB don't jump straight to the 8994 rather than that 8974 which seems most likely for their next high-end device.
    LOL! So true... , but we don't know yet when that monster will launch... Hopefully they'll use the 8974 Pro, like other mid-range android devices which will be launched at the same time.
    10-05-13 08:15 AM
  10. Skeevecr's Avatar
    Assuming they will launch a new high end model in the middle of 2014, I would bet that early hardware will be in testing soon if not by now, so too late to make a change that isn't really necessary anyway.
    10-05-13 02:21 PM
  11. ClaireSallisbury's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing. It's one of the most informative posts here in forumscrackberry.
    ofutur likes this.
    10-29-13 03:53 AM

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