San Francisco - Qualcomm said it will make smartphone chips with 64-bit features typically found in personal computers, following Apple and opening the way to more efficient mobile gadgets.
Qualcomm said its new Snapdragon 410 component will also include 4G cellphone connectivity technology and be aimed at th fast-growing Chinese market, where it should start appearing in low-cost smartphones in the second half of 2014.
Along with 4G, 64-bit technology will become standard across Qualcomm's products, said Michelle Leyden Li, a Qualcomm senior director in charge of marketing its Snapdragon line.
Led by Apple's iPhones, the smartphone industry's evolution toward 64-bit chips reduces the gap between low-power mobile processors and punchier chips used in laptops, desktop PCs and servers.
Samsung Electronics has also said it plans to use 64-bit processors in its smartphones.