Qualcomm and Intel have launched high-powered, dual-core chipsets for smartphones, netbooks and smartbooks.

Qualcomm's new dual-CPU Snapdragon chipset reaches speeds up to 1.2 GHz and marks the third generation of the Snapdragon platform. Qualcomm's1 GHz Snapdragon chip is embedded in several high-end smartphones, including Sprint's 4G HTC Evo device.

The new 1.2 GHz chip is available for HSPA+ and multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B.

Qualcomm says chips based on its Snapdragon platform are embedded in more than 140 devices that have either launched or are currently in design.

Intel's mobile dual-core Atom processors are currently available for netbooks and will soon launch for entry-level desktop computers. Beginning in early 2011, Intel will launch its "Oak Trail" platform for tablets and netbooks. The company claims Oak Trail reduces power consumption up to 50 percent while delivering HD-video playback and support for multiple operating systems including MeeGo, Windows 7 and Android.