Jan 4, 2016
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In early January, the population of Las Vegas, NV will spike by nearly 10 percent. For five days, the most important slots in Sin City will be MicroSD and USB, and winning hands are dealt by tech editors in their annual “Best of CES” roundups.
Qualcomm will be hosting numerous booths at CES 2016, so be sure and stop by to see all that’s in the cards for the mobile industry, innovations in automotive, robotics and the Internet of Things, including Medical Things. Follow @Qualcomm on Twitter for updates from the show floor—and a chance to win exclusive prize packs from Jan 6-9 (see official rules here).
We'll be sharing our announcements from the show later. But in the meantime, here’s a quick guide to some of the coolest Qualcomm tech making news today:
Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors and Modems
Are you as excited as we are about the new Snapdragon 820 processor? For now you can pass the time by reading up on its custom architected Qualcomm Kryo CPU, advanced visual processing technologies like the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU and the Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP, next-generation Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, and the integrated X12 LTE modem delivering breakthrough LTE and Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology
Quick Charge 3.0 can charge your phone 4 times faster than conventional charging, and it’s 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. And the technology doesn’t discriminate—Quick Charge 3.0 can be implemented in USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and proprietary connectors. It will also be found in smartphones that are powered by Snapdragon processors, including the Snapdragon 820, 652, 650, 617, and 430. You can expect to see a few of these phones at CES.
Qualcomm Halo WEVC
To say that 2015 was a big year for electric vehicles doesn’t quite capture it. With the second season of the Formula E electric-car racing series well underway, the technology that is driving electric vehicles to a future near you is advancing by
leaps and bounds laps and rounds. As Official Founding Technology Partner for Formula E, Qualcomm Technologies is working alongside the FIA to steer that future into the fastlane with the Official Qualcomm Safety Car, a BMW i8 capable of charging wirelessly thanks to the Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless electric vehicle charging system. Oh, and for all the true motorsport fans out there, take a look at our Formula E poster series designed by the very talented Dan Matutina.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processor
The Snapdragon 602A automotive-grade processor will be integrated into a variety of vehicles in the next few years. The infotainment processor features 3G/4G LTE Advanced wireless modems, Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and can even support 3D graphics in connected infotainment.
The Internet of Things only recently became a household phrase, but we’ve been working toward a completely connected world for a while now. The DragonBoard 410c—based on the Snapdragon 410 processor—lets everyone from large companies to makers and personal hobbyists develop IoT products.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Platform
The Snapdragon Flight, an integrated board based on the Snapdragon 801 processor, brings familiar smartphone features to drones: 4K Ultra HD video, computer vision, navigation, and real-time flight assistance.
Qualcomm Zeroth Platform
Zeroth is making our phones not only intelligent, but also intuitive. The cognitive platform uses past experience and contextual awareness to complete a task, learning your habits and adapting in real time. Imagine your smartphone recognizing its location and remembering that you once visited a nearby restaurant, and knowing the restaurant is hosting a special event tonight that you’d want to attend. Applied in devices powered by Snapdragon 810 and 820 processors, Zeroth allows your device to create enriching experiences, just for you.
Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi
Whether it’s found in the home, office, or coffee shop hotspot, Wi-Fi is a cornerstone of everyday connectivity. In fact, it’s so commonplace that nobody would blame you for thinking the technology’s best days were behind it. They’re not—not by a long shot. Capable of serving multiple devices simultaneously, and up to multi-gigabit user speeds, VIVE tri-band Wi-Fi featuring Qualcomm MU|EFX Mutli-user MIMO is Wi-Fi’s answer to… well, to Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. (formerly CSR)
You may have heard that Qualcomm recently finalized the acquisition of CSR, a leading provider of semiconductor and software solutions for the Internet of Things and automotive industry. This acquisition strengthens Qualcomm Technologies’ existing offerings in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart), and audio processing technologies. From wearables to automotive and every Internet of Things in between—you’ll just have to wait and see us at CES.