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Qualcomm completes 64bit lineup with Snapdragon 810, 808

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? mobile processor? LTE? smartphone? tablet?

Qualcomm Inc. has revealed that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., has developed its next- generation mobile processors for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 tier. According to the company, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are geared to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics.

The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are Qualcomm Technologies' highest performing platform to date, completing Qualcomm Technologies' lineup of 64bit enabled, LTE-equipped chipsets for premium mobile computing devices. The processors enable an exceptional overall user experience with seamless connectivity and industry-leading power efficiency for flagship smartphones and tablets, the company stated.

Both the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 processors integrate Qualcomm Technologies' 4th Generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem together with support for the Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, and support 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation, enabling speeds of up to 300Mb/s in the broadest set of spectrum deployment configurations to date. Both processors are designed in 20nm technology node with Cat 6 LTE, advanced multimedia features and 64bit capability, all tightly integrated and optimised for exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance, making them the first premium-tier 64bit processors to enable LTE Advanced globally with a single design.

The Snapdragon 810 processor boasts rich native 4K Ultra HD interface and video, along with an upgraded camera suite using gyro-stabilisation and 3D noise reduction for producing high quality 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps. The combined 14bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) are capable of supporting 1.2GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55MP. Advanced imaging software helps enable advanced mobile camera features, including enhanced exposure, white balance and fast low light focus.

Also, the combined 64bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and Cortex-A53 CPUs are designed to enable an improved user experience based on the advanced technology feature set, while implementation of the ARMv8-A ISA enables improved instruction set efficiency. Designed for 4K displays, the Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU provides support for OpenGL ES 3.1. The Adreno 430 is geared to deliver up to 30 per cent faster graphics performance and 100 per cent faster GPGPU compute performance, while reducing power consumption by up to 20 per cent, as compared to its predecessor, the Adreno 420 GPU.

According to the company, it is the first mobile platform to implement Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream 802.11ac with multi-user MIMO, which makes WiFi networks more efficient than ever in order to maximise the performance of local connectivity for mobile devices. It also offers support for Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC and the latest Qualcomm IZat location core for ubiquitous and highly accurate location services.

The Snapdragon 808 processor is designed for premium performance and integrates the same LTE-Advanced, RF360 and WiFi connectivity as the Snapdragon 810 processor and includes 2K display support. Both chipsets are fully software compatible with the 64bit ARMv8-A instruction set. The Snapdragon 808 processor is configured with two ARM Cortex-A57 cores paired with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU, has 12bit dual image signal processors, an LPDDR3 memory, and offers frame buffer compression and external 4K display support via HDMI1.4. In addition, aimed at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays, the Adreno 418 GPU provides support for OpenGL ES 3.1 plus hardware tessellation, geometry shaders and programmable blending. It is geared to support up to 20 per cent faster graphics performance than its predecessor, the Adreno 330 GPU. The Adreno 418 GPU also enables GPU security for secure composition and management of premium video and other multimedia.

The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are anticipated to begin sampling in 2H14 and expected to be available in commercial devices by 1H15.

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