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Qualcomm SnapDragon Tech Summit: Key Announcements

At their Snapdragon Summit Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced several new groundbreaking enhancements to their portfolio of processors and partnerships with Tech Giants’s like AMD and Microsoft. We will be sharing and providing details on Qualcomm SnapDragon Tech Summit’s Key Announcements.

Firstly, as long expected Qualcomm announced their next upgrade in mobile platform processor with LTE advancements along with AR & VR improvements to their next version of upcoming processor. Qualcomm in their Snapdragon Tech summit introduced the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform.

Second major announcement were the partnership extended with Tech giants AMD and Microsoft to launch Always on PC’s using the Snapdragon Mobile processors with LTE technology with Windows 10.

Now, we will discuss Qualcomm SnapDragon Tech Summit’ announcements in details below:

Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 

At Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit the company has made their new Snapdragon 845 processor official.

We can expect improvements related to security, battery life, camera and connectivity, and applications using AI, VR.

The first products using the processor will likely come towards the middle or end of 2018. The devices are expected to use a 10 nm manufacturing process and the x20 LTE modem.

The Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform includes new camera and graphics architectures that are designed to capture 64x more color information while transforming eXtended Reality (XR) with wall- and object-sensing technology.

The Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform’s third-generation AI platform will transform your mobile device into the ultimate personal assistant using voice, as well as enhanced features like camera, XR, gaming and long-lasting battery life.

Fingerprints, voice, eyes and face—makes our Snapdragon security platforms vault-like.

Our biometric authentication tools also help reduce the need for a passcode, which can also be easily guessed or even by-passed, so you can also be more confidently store your photos, health data as well as financial information on your mobile device. We’ve even added a new layer of hardware security, the Secure Processing Unit, to help protect your precious personal information—and give you greater peace of mind.

We’re globalizing the Gigabit experience. Engineered to deliver fiber-optic speeds, the Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem, integrated into the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, is our most advanced LTE modem ever. The X20 LTE Modem supports peak rates of up to 1.2 Gbps, combining lightning-fast throughput speeds with greater signal strength as compared to previous generations.

Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 4+ Technology, which boosts your device to 50% in just 15 minutes

The Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform features include:

Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP
  • Ultra HD premium capture
  • Qualcomm Spectra Module Program, featuring Active Depth Sensing
  • MCTF video capture
  • Multi-frame noise reduction
  • High performance capture up to 16MP @60FPS
  • Slow motion video capture (720p @480 fps)
  • ImMotion computational photography
Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem
  • 30% improved graphics/video rendering and power reduction compared to previous generation
  • Room-scale 6 DoF with SLAM
  • Adreno foveation, featuring tile rendering, eye tracking, multiView rendering, fine grain preemption
  • 2K x 2K @ 120Hz, for 2.5x faster display throughput
  • Improved 6DoF with hand-tracking and controller support
Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP
  • 3rd Generation Hexagon Vector DSP (HVX) for AI and imaging
  • 3rd Generation Qualcomm All-Ways AwareTM Sensor Hub
  • Hexagon scalar DSP for audio
Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem
  • Support for 1.2 Gbps Gigabit LTE Category 18
  • License Assisted Access (LAA)
  • Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared radio spectrum
  • Dual SIM-Dual VoLTE (DSDV)
Connectivity
  • Multigigabit 11ad Wi-Fi with diversity module
  • Integrated 2×2 11ac Wi-Fi with Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) support
  • 11k/r/v: Carrier Wi-Fi enhanced mobility, fast acquisition and congestion mitigation
  • Bluetooth 5 with proprietary enhancements for ultra-low power wireless ear bud support and direct audio broadcast to multiple devices
Secure Processing Unit
  • Biometric authentication (fingerprint, iris, voice, face)
  • User and app data protection
  • Integrated use-cases such as integrated SIM, Payments, and more
Qualcomm Aqstic Audio
  • Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec(WCD934x):
  • Playback:
    • Dynamic range: 130dB, THD+N: -109dB
    • Native DSD support (DSD64/DSD128), PCM up to 384kHz/32bit
    • Low power voice activation: 0.65mA
  • Record:
    • Dynamic range: 109dB, THD+N: -103dB
    • Sampling: Up to 192kHz/24bit

Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+

Kryo 385 CPU
  • Four performance cores up to 2.8GHz (25 percent performance uplift compared to previous generation)
  • Four efficiency cores up to 1.8GHz
  • 2MB shared L3 cache (new)
  • 3MB system cache (new)

10-nanometer (nm) LPP FinFET process technology.

Qualcomm introduces Always Connected PC

Qualcomm today introduced the Always Connected PC. It was revealed on stage by Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc during Qualcomm’s Tech Summit keynote.

Speaking at Qualcomm’s  Snapdragon Tech Summit, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson also promises with Windows 10 on Snapdragon users will only have to charge their laptop once per week while still actively using the device. Terry called this a game changer, with Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies suggesting this would allow Windows 10 laptops to replace the tablet for both work and entertainment.

Features of the Always-Connected PC include connecting, creating, and collaborating anytime, and anywhere.

With the Always Connected PC, Qualcomm and its partners are rethinking what’s inside the PC, now using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processors instead of Intel’s.

There’s also promises of connectivity that untethers, 20-hour battery life, and 1-month of standby time on these devices. Always Connected PCs will be light, fanless and feature gigabit LTE.

Most importantly they would be always on, always connected and offer 20 hours battery life, while still being able to run normal Windows 10 software.

The Asus NovaGo will also be one of the first devices using the platform. It has both eSIM and nanoSIM, up to 256 GB storage and 8 GB of RAM and of course powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor.

Asus also promises 22-hour battery life (video playback) and 30 days of standby time, while offering Gigabit LTE via 4x carrier aggregation.

The 2:1 will support a stylus, Windows Ink and Windows Hello.

The 4GB RAM/64 GB storage version will cost only $599, while the 8GB/256 GB version will cost only $799.

Kevin Frost, VP and GM of Consumer Personal Systems at HP also presented a device at the event, the HP Envy x2.

The device also looks like a Surface Pro, with a metal shell, and will also offer 20-hour battery life, but is only 6.9 mm thin (as thin as an iPhone). Pricing of this device is not available at the moment.

Qualcomm Partnering Microsoft & AMD

The new Snapdragon-based Windows PCs may offer great battery life and LTE connectivity, but they are not powerful enough to replace laptops for many consumers.

Qualcomm also announced their partnership with Microsoft & AMD to overcome the limitation. AMD confirmed that with Qualcomm to include its flagship modems in AMD-based high-end Windows laptops to offer LTE connectivity.

Also expect OEMs to build high-end PCs with LTE connectivity, AMD as well as Qualcomm have also created a reference platform based on Ryzen and Snapdragon x16 modem.

After Qualcomm’s partnership with Microsoft & AMD, we can expect high-end laptops with LTE connectivity in the coming months. Stay tuned to get the latest on it in future.

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