New Qualcomm chips promise phone video in Ultra HD

AP News
Posted: Jan 07, 2013 9:48 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — TV makers are trotting outs sets with "Ultra HD" resolution at the International CES electronics trade show in Vegas this week. One problem is that there are few video cameras that record at that resolution, four times higher than regular high definition.

But Qualcomm Inc., a leading maker of chips for cellphones, says it has a solution: With its chips, smartphones could be recording video in Ultra HD as early as this year.

Paul Jacobs, the CEO of the San Diego-based chipmaker, is revealing a lineup of new chips in a keynote speech. The topline model has 75 percent more horsepower than Qualcomm's fastest previous model. Qualcomm plans to ship the chips in volume in a few months, so they could show up in gadgets on store shelves this summer.