Palm Pixi CPU specs revealed: dual ARM cores, both EVDO and HSPA

Sep 15, 2009
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Full specifications for Palm's second webOS smartphone, the Palm Pixi, have emerged, this time courtesy of Qualcomm.  The Pixi is based on Qualcomm's MSM7627 chipset, and there are more than a few interesting details among the new chip's capabilities, not least its dual ARM cores and ability to deliver both CDMA and GSM connectivity.

The MSM7627 has both a 600MHz applications processor, with floating point unit and L2 cache, and a second, 400MHz "modem" processor.  There's also a 320MHz application DSP which is used for multimedia crunching, giving the Pixi the ability to handle full 30fps WVGA encoding and decoding, while a further 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core supports OpenGL 2.0.

Qualcomm's chipset also has integrated GPS and supports high-resolution cameras - though the Pixi's 2-megapixel fixed-focus shooter likely won't trouble it in that respect - and measures just 12mm x 12mm.  Interestingly for future GSM carriers (and international releases), the MSM7627 offers both EVDO Rev.A and HSDPA/HSUPA (7.2Mbps/5.76Mbps) connectivity, though we're assuming the Sprint version of the Pixi will only have the CDMA elements activated.

For more on the Palm Pixi, check out our hands-on with the smartphone from last week.

[Thanks Tony!]


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