Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

Performance bumps (30 percent faster graphics) also mean greater power efficiency (another 30 percent increase).

According to an announcement made by Qualcomm this morning, the Snapdragon 845 platform (you know, the processor that will be inside all of this year's flagship devices?), now supports Qualcomm Broadcast Audio. The latter is particularly interesting because it makes use of "6DoF" (degrees of freedom) technology to track not only the user's body but also the location of real-world objects.

As interesting as all of this technology sounds, you have to wait a while to get your hands on an 845-powered VR headset.

The next-generation Qualcomm TrueWireless technology is supported on the recently introduced QCC5100 series breakthrough Bluetooth audio System-on-Chip (SoC), which is created to help reduce power consumption by up to 65 percent for voice call and music streaming compared to our previous generation device.

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Chief of these new features is the new Artificial Intelligent Engine, which combines a number of hardware and software components to improve on-device AI-enabled user experiences.

"New Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile PC platform are optimised to deliver new and innovative mobile computing features including up to Gigabit speeds, always on connectivity, "instant on functionality" and beyond "all day" battery life packed into beautifully designed thin and light 2:1 form factors", said Don McGuire, Qualcomm vice president, global product marketing.

The Snapdragon 845 headset offers new, incremental updates to its processors: a Qualcomm Kryo 385 CPU, an Adreno 630 GPU, a dedicated Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP) and a Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP). "The performance and flexibility of our solutions have directly supported the success of numerous most iconic headsets and headphones from leading consumer electronics brands", said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice & music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

The AI engine utilises both hardware and software to produce AI related tasks including speeding up options such as camera effects like bokeh, face unlock, and scene detection. Elliptic Labs provides Snapdragon customers with ultrasound-based gesture controls for smartphones. Support for Android NN will appear first in Snapdragon 845. ArcSoft and Thundercomm offer single camera and dual camera algorithms to Snapdragon partners. Broadcast Audio allows one Bluetooth source device, such as a smartphone, to transmit audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones at the same time, with near flawless synchronisation. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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