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Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon’s new intelligent architecture

Snapdragon 845, Windows on Snapdragon intro’d – scroll for a recap

Dec 8, 2017

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Three hundred press and analysts from 27 countries around the world gathered in Maui for the second annual 2017 Snapdragon Tech Summit hosted by an amazing group of professionals here at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. During the three-day event, we showcased a multitude of highly innovative new technologies and announced our next-generation flagship mobile platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. Along with our associates including Microsoft, ASUS, and HP, we also announced the first Windows on Snapdragon Always Connected PCs, which are poised to deliver instant on, up to gigabit fast, always connected productivity* and multimedia experiences with beyond all-day battery life.

Windows on Snapdragon Always Connected PCs unveiled

On the event’s first day, Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of QCT and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, took to the stage to announce the latest developments for Windows 10 on Snapdragon.

They were joined by Jerry Shen, chief executive officer of ASUS, who announced the first Windows 10 on Snapdragon Always Connected PC a 2-in-1 convertible named the ASUS NovaGo, anticipated to be available in multiple countries early next year. Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager of consumer personal systems at HP, also joined Cristiano and Terry to announce its new, always connected PC a detachable named HP ENVY x2.

Günther Ottendorfer, chief operating officer of technology at Sprint, also joined Qualcomm Technologies, and spoke about the operator’s support for this new, Always Connected PC category and its desire to deliver attractive and affordable data plan options to users.

To round out these marquee companies, AMD took to the stage. Kevin Lansing, corporate vice president and general manager of the client business at AMD, announced a plan to bring Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon modem technology to AMD’s high-performance Ryzen processor platforms.

The Windows on Snapdragon Always Connected PC section of our Day 1 keynote presentation delivered an informative and well-rounded deeper dive into the capabilities of these amazing new devices. Scroll below for a quick recap:

Always on and always connected* – Today’s consumers want to be always connected, wherever they are. Windows on Snapdragon utilizes our industry-leading Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and integrated 2x2 11ac Wi-Fi for robust connectivity. Gigabit LTE gives you the flexibility to surf the web nearly wherever or whenever you want over 4G LTE networks with impressive download speeds up to 1 Gbps, which is three to seven times faster than the average U.S. home broadband speed.

When you’re not using your PC, it shifts to connected standby, a new low-power mode that lets your device remain powered up while dormant. This lets you update your apps, get notifications, interact with the device using your voice, and instantly turn it on with the touch of a button or facial recognition – just like a smartphone. Compared to competing solutions, you can expect four to five times longer battery life in connected standby.

Beyond all-day battery life – Windows on Snapdragon provides up to three times better battery life compared to competing solutions, supporting at least 20 hours of continuous video playback. This lies in stark contrast to most PCs available today. Our researchers put our solution up against two competitive, best-in-class devices whose respective battery lives amounted to just seven hours and five hours, in real use case scenarios.

Heterogenous computing Residing on a single 10nm chip, our multiple compute cores (CPU, GPU, DSP, modem, and more) employ a heterogenous computing architecture to balance core workloads, maintain low thermals, and optimize for power and performance.

Sleek and thin Because it’s so low power and generates such little heat, our chip doesn’t require a fan or other systems to remain cool, which saves additional space in the device.

The Windows 10 you know – Run full-featured apps from Windows Store: Office, Minecraft, Spotify, Netflix, and thousands more, plus all the new features like Windows Ink, Hello and Cortana. It’s building on the Windows 10 you know to maximize productivity and entertainment on-the-go.

Snapdragon 845 debuts

Also premiering at the Tech Summit was our next generation Snapdragon 845 mobile platform featuring new architectures for AI and immersion.

During the unveiling of Snapdragon 845, Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, invited a very special guest to take the stage to highlight our commitment to China’s smartphone ecosystem. Xiaomi founder, chairman, and CEO Lei Jun shared with the audience the great news that the next Xiaomi flagship smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 845.

On Day 2, we provided the packed house a glimpse of what they could expect from the Snapdragon 845 when it debuts in smartphones, XR headsets, and other devices. Scroll to learn more.

Highly advanced AI Our third-generation AI mobile platform integrates a new Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP, which features a new vector engine and heterogeneous computing that allows Snapdragon 845 to achieve a three times faster processing speed than previous generations. This helps you gather data via sensors, capture and distribute imagery, and move naturally in the VR world. It also makes you less reliant on the cloud, as you can perform real-time processing on-device.

Next-gen camera The Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP debuts new architecture that features high-dynamic range video capture designed for Ultra HD premium displays (a mobile industry first). This allows you to capture extremely vibrant imagery with over 1 billion shades of color. You can also capture photos at tremendous speeds – 60 images per second at 16 megapixels.

Truly immersive XR Our new Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU Visual Processing Subsystem deeply immerses you into virtual worlds via Room-Scale 6-DoF with Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), another first in mobile. As you walk through your virtual world – while simultaneously walking through your physical world – SLAM maps and detects obstacles in your physical world’s path.

Enhanced data security Snapdragon 845 integrates the first-ever Secure Processing Unit (SPU) as an additional layer of protection. The SPU is designed to help protect your personal biometric data because it can be stored in a vault-like security environment and segregated from other parts of your device.

Global gigabit speeds Gigabit LTE networks have launched all over the world – and more are on the way. These networks can tap into fast connection speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second by utilizing our highly sophisticated Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem which is engineered to deliver multi-gigabit speeds that offer virtually instantaneous access to your content, even in crowded networks, on a compatible network. Our X20 modem now supports expanded flexibility that allows for 90 percent of the world’s cellular networks to upgrade to Gigabit LTE.

High performance Snapdragon 845’s new and power-efficient architectures are designed to deliver unbridled performance speeds and virtually all-day battery life. For example, we’ve increased power efficiency by up to 30 percent compared to the previous generation. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ will come in handy if your battery gets depleted, charging up to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Following the presentation, the audience was excited to get a first look at Snapdragon 845 demonstrations and marveled at the new experiences coming soon to 2018 smartphones.


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Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Hexagon, Qualcomm Spectra, and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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