Last month Brian put together a performance preview of Qualcomm's first dual-core SoC: the 1.5GHz MSM8660. The article was mostly focused on GPU performance as the new Adreno 220 is something we were very interested in. The first MSM8660 based smartphones will ship this year, but we benchmarked the SoC using Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP).

Starting today, the MSM8660 MDP will be available for purchase by any developer through BSQUARE for $1350. Qualcomm's MDP is a nice way of getting a head start on developing for the next-generation of Android handsets based on Snapdragon SoCs.

What if you're an Android developer on a budget? Qualcomm was nice enough to provide us with a MSM8660 MDP to give away to one lucky reader. Here's the box it came in:

Inside this box is, you guessed it, another box that actually houses the MDP itself (and a smaller Pelican case for more portable storage of your MDP):

The MDP features Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8660 running at up to 1.5GHz with an Adreno 220 GPU, as I mentioned above. The MDP has a 3.6" WVGA display, HDMI port, 13MP camera, a total of five microphones and 16GB of on-board Flash in addition to a microSD slot. There's WiFi support but no support for cellular connectivity. The platform runs Android 2.3.

To enter the contest simply respond to this post with a comment about what you'd do with the MSM8660 Mobile Development Platform (please only respond once). Good luck!


In addition to two sweet cases and the MDP, you also get the necessities: USB cable, charger and HDMI cable

If you are particularly interested in developing for Snapdragon, Qualcomm is hosting a mobile conference in San Diego, CA on June 1st and 2nd called Uplinq. We'll of course have someone on the ground there to cover any announcements that happen at the show.

Now the basic rules. The contest is only available to US residents and you're only allowed to enter once - for full details read below.

Entries will be accepted from 9:15 AM ET on April 27, 2011 through 9:15 AM ET on April 30, 2011. Winner will be selected by May 1, 2011.

Good luck everyone :)

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  • andrewd18 - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I work for a company that produces mobile snow and ice removal equipment. I'd love to explore using smartphones as an alternative to single-board computers and systems-on-chip for snow and ice removal equipment. Reply
  • mlosee222 - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I have a really useful android application I'd like to build, I'd use it for that! Reply
  • lonleyppl - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I'd use this for developing a mobile version of several of my websites, and definitely to develop a few apps. Most would be fairly simple things (one for FIRST Robotics for my team to keep track of scouting data) but I can imagine working on some 3D games and such too. Or creating a self-guided tour of my town that will tell you information based on what the GPS says. That'd be neat. Reply
  • bsudiro - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    This will be a good tool to have!
    Cheers ..
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  • ar38070 - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    get started on the android side :) Reply
  • GhostClocking3 - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I really don't know what to do with it, I always dabble in developing simple apps so this might be a way to start doing much more. Reply
  • SD_Machine - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I am interested in developing apps for the Army/DoD (games for the USAF -jk), this would be a great way to get started.

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/04/army-picks...
    Reply
  • ferocious11 - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    i've never owned an android device. this device should provide me headstart into android foray. Reply
  • Seantron - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    This will allow me to push the limits with my new OpenGLES based 3d game I'm developing for Android. I'll be more than happy to target any device with a Qualcomm chip.

    I'm also building an Augmented Reality application that already makes use of Qualcomm's awesome AR SDK, and this would allow me to take it as far as possible.
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  • biofishfreak - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    I'd use it to build out a high tech app for a San Diego based non-profit I work for that works with kids. I'd build an app that can help photo and video document the kid's time on our campuses and help provide them with easy to access channels to figure out what life skills they learned, in addition to fulfill goals within our programs. Reply

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