An all-in-one processor powerhouse.
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors are leading the way in mobile heterogeneous computing with an all-in-one system that integrates best-in-class processing engines of your smartphone for faster performance, longer battery life and a new era of mobile innovation. This system of specialized processing engines includes programmable engines such as the CPU, DSP, and GPU and dedicated engines such as camera, video, and display. With heterogeneous computing, Snapdragon processors support the efficient use of these diverse engines, individually and together, for dynamic workloads and demanding requirements for new user experiences, all while maximizing battery life and thermal efficiency.
Bringing the best mobile features to life, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) integrated in Snapdragon processors helps optimize features like caches and frequency for very high performance and extremely low energy consumption. Snapdragon CPUs are designed to closely integrate with the other key Snapdragon processing engines to efficiently manage the most compute-intensive tasks, as required by today’s demanding mobile user experiences.
The world-class Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in Snapdragon processors supports multimedia functions, and is optimized for both high performance and energy efficiency. Offloading tasks from the CPU, Hexagon DSP architecture utilizes heterogeneous computing to support always-on tasks, like audio and display. With Hexagon DSP, audio content can be delivered with real-time sound processing and streaming for, audio without delay or distortion, and background noise removal. Hexagon DSP within Snapdragon processors also offloads visual tasks from the CPU, including text recognition, object recognition, image enhancement, and facial recognition within images, all while saving battery life.
The processing powerhouse behind console-quality 3D graphics in Snapdragon powered mobile devices, the Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU helps provide accelerated graphics for games, user interfaces, and high performance compute tasks. As a key component of Snapdragon heterogeneous computing, the Adreno GPU is designed to work seamlessly with the Snapdragon CPU and DSP to help support processing-intensive GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) compute tasks, like FastCV™ (Fast Computer Vision), which is a key component of cutting-edge mobile use cases like augmented reality.
The mobile experiences of tomorrow will be defined by the devices that can adapt and learn from our every move — ultimately simplifying and enriching our daily lives. Serving as the foundation for more intuitive experiences and natural interactions, the Qualcomm® Zeroth™ platform enables on-device intelligence and cutting-edge cognitive capabilities.
A system approach.
Heterogeneous computing innovation brings cutting-edge integration and support of the CPU, DSP and GPU in Snapdragon processors for improved overall performance, breakthrough mobile capabilities and reduced energy consumption. By efficiently sharing processing-intensive tasks, this system approach allows Snapdragon processors to accomplish more with less, using just the right key processing component or combination of components for a given task.