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Qualcomm announces new CPUs, gets Netflix certification (with limited video preview)

February 14, 2011 | by Michael Heller

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Amazingly, I was just talking to fellow writer Chris about this subject yesterday. He was of the mind that if Netflix were coming to Android tablets, the manufacturers would be shouting it from the rooftops. My thought was that if Netflix will be coming to Android phones, it had to be coming to tablets as well. It looks like we might both be right, because Qualcomm is now shouting from the rooftops that they have Netflix certification for their Snapdragon processors, and we have video of Netflix running on an LG Revolution.

Today, at MWC, Qualcomm showed off its new Snapdragon processors, which could be out as early as Q2 of this year. The new CPUs are single-core and can hit speeds upwards of 2.5 GHz, making them about 150% faster than the current fastest CPU, while using 65% less power. Qualcomm said its chips have received certification from Netflix and that the video processing is handled by dedicated hardware inside the chip, so the chips can play movies efficiently at high quality without killing your battery life. Qualcomm also showed off dual and quad-core CPUs, but they won’t be in devices until next year.

Video below of Netflix running on a Snapdragon powered LG Revolution. Unfortunately, there’s no video streaming demo in the video.

All that said, we’ve yet to see Netflix connected to any Tegra 2 devices. I’m hesitant to conclude that we won’t see Netflix on any of the coming Tegra 2 tablets, but Chris has certainly put some doubt in my head. What do you guys think: will we see Netflix on Tegra 2 tablets? Or, would NVIDIA be shouting it, if they had Netflix certification as well? If Netflix isn’t coming to Tegra 2 devices, would that make you less likely to buy one?

[DailyTech - Qualcomm CPUs] & [MobileCrunch - Netflix]