The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is seeing plenty of emphasis on all things wireless . Qualcomm got in on the wireless announcement action by offering a taste of the first products that will use its latest generation Snapdragon processors. Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors target what the company calls "premium" mobile and computing devices.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors include the new quad core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon v5 DSP and the company's latest 4G LTE Cat 4 modem. With these new technologies, Qualcomm promises to deliver increased system performance and platform upgrades offer a better user experience.
Steve Mollenkopf, president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, pointed out that Qualcomm has racked up more than 50 design wins already with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors. That's an impressive feat considering the competitive landscape.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm Atheros and Wilocity, a 60GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets developer, launched the industry's first tri-band reference design that combines 802.11ac and 802.11ad wireless capabilities on a single module.
Based on Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Wilocity 802.11ad WiGig wireless technologies, the reference design delivers tri-band Wi-Fi. That allows consumers to connect to 60GHz-enabled devices, docks, displays and storage at multi-gigabit speeds, while maintaining enterprise -wide or whole home coverage with 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi.
"This latest solution opens the door for consumer electronics manufacturers to integrate the technology on platforms ranging from HDTVs and gaming consoles to notebooks," said Vivek Gupta, vice president of computing, Qualcomm Atheros.
Betting on Big Bird
Qualcomm also announced updates to its Vuforia software platform to support real-time text recognition using smartphone and tablet cameras. When released in the spring, Vuforia's text recognition capability promises to allow developers to build a new class of educational experiences that incorporate interactivity with real world objects. Developers can also use Vuforia's text recognition to enable a new form of data entry in addition to on-screen keyboards and speech-to-text. (continued...)