Qualcomm unveils two new processors, one for smart TVs and the other for cars

January 6, 2014
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Qualcomm MWC 2013 - 5Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon chipsets, one aimed at the automotive industry and one destined for smart TVs. The  Snapdragon 602A is an automotive-grade infotainment chipset which is designed to meet high automotive industry standards for temperature, quality, longevity and reliability, while the Snapdragon 802 processor is Qualcomm’s first fully integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed for Ultra HD smart TVs and smart set-top boxes / media players.

The Snapdragon 602A has a quad-core Krait CPU coupled with an Adreno 320 GPU. It also packs in a Hexagon DSP, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) baseband processing and extra processing cores for high-performance audio/video. The 602A also supports 3G/4G-LTE and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi via Qualcomm’s Gobi and VIVE systems. The support for 3G and 4G cellular comms  enables Internet connectivity for advanced 3D navigation as well as use of cloud-based services and multimedia streaming. Android is supported out-of-the-box as is QNX’s car infotainment platform, cunningly called QNX Car.

Support for Ultra HD is the key feature of the Snapdragon 802. The SoC features a 1.8 GHz quad core Krait CPU together with an Adreno 330 GPU. Also included is Qualcomm’s Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing engine which allows for up-converted 1080p video to be displayed at levels approaching Ultra HD. It isn’t clear what Qualcomm means by “levels approaching Ultra HD” and probably this less than Ultra HD video support applies only to up-converted content as elsewhere in the press release Qualcomm mentions “seamless decoding of Ultra HD video content.” A Hexagon DSP is also included for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound.

The Snapdragon 802 also offers dual-band (2.4 and 5GHz) 802.11ac and support for the AllJoyn framework. The AllJoyn framework, which was initially developed by Qualcomm and has now been given to the AllSeen Alliance, is designed for the Internet of Everything. The initial release of the framework will allow devices using the Snapdragon 802 to interoperate with other AllSeen Alliance devices and offers capabilities such as device discovery, user notifications, and audio streaming for simultaneous playback on multiple speakers.

Both chipsets should find their way into commercial devices during 2014.

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