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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  • JeffS - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    This would be a great opportunity to finally get around to developing a mobile-friendly version of a website I've built.
  • ppod - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Yes, owning an actual development device helps with enthusiasm.
  • Maethorr - Friday, April 29, 2011 - link

    Well, I actually prefer to test on older live devices or on the pc for most things but there are two applications I think you could do with something like this.

    one thing would be a mobile media server, especially as these devices get more and more memory how cool would it be to have a phone sized media/file server. The other thing I think that I would like to work on is an idea I had is for a decent vpn software for a phone, and if this could connect to a monitor with the touchscreen working as a trackpad I think you could have a decent remote access system
  • gloomydog - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Yeah, same.
  • gandda - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    same here and more
  • romo - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

  • marco339 - Saturday, April 30, 2011 - link

    agreed +1
  • JDMTSX - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Sweet.....I want one so I can cook roms
  • carmichael - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Sounds delicious!
  • SAAIELLO - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Would be nice.

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