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Qualcomm launches two next gen processors

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Qualcomm has unveiled two new 64-bit Snapdragon processors, which support Category 6 LTE-Advanced and carrier aggregation up to 60MHz.

The Snapdragon 810 is built for rich native 4K Ultra HD screens and supports filming 4K video at 30 frames per second as well as 1080p video at 120 frames per second. Qualcomm said the chips can support enhanced mobile camera features such as enhanced exposure, white balance and quick low light focus. 

The processor features ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex A53 CPUS, which Qualcomm said can improve the user experience. The chipmaker said its Adreno 430 GPU can deliver a 30 percent faster graphics performance and 100 percent quicker GPU compute performance but with 20 percent power than its predecessor, the Adreno 420 GPU. 

The 810 has a high speed, low power double rate memory chip and is Qualcomm's first to implement its Vive two-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity using multi-user Mimo, which helps devices connect to networks quicker and is more efficient on the network.

The Snapdragon 808 is designed for use in smartphones with WQXGA (2560x1600) displays, with the Ardeno 418 GPU offering 20% quicker graphics performance than its Ardeno 330 GPU predecessor. The processor is configured with two ARM Cortex-A57 cores along with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU.

Both processors have the same LTE-A, RF360 and Wi-Fi connectivity and are compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8-A instruction set. 

Qualcomm said the processors were the first premium 64-bit products to allow handsets and tablets to connect to LTE-Advanced networks globally. Products featuring the processors to hit the market from early 2015.

Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies and co-president, QCT, said: “The announcement of the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors underscore Qualcomm Technologies’ continued commitment to technology leadership and a time-to-market advantage for our customers for premium tier 64-bit LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets. 

“These product announcements, in combination with the continued development of our next-generation custom 64-bit CPU, will ensure we have a tremendous foundation on which to innovate as we continue to push the boundaries of mobile computing performance in the years to come.”

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