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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 Countdown And A Next-Gen Adreno GPU

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“Welcome to the next wave of mobile gaming and graphics, and some of the newest innovations in mobile photography,” read Qualcomm’s proud proclamation of its latest versions of the Adreno GPU and Spectra camera ISP (image signal processor) on its blog. The new versions are poised to enhance  performance, power efficiency, and user experience to the soon to arrive Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

The new ‘Adreno 5xx series architecture’ will debut with the Adreno 530 integrated in the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, and the high-end Adreno 510 in the Snapdragon 620 and 618 respectively.

Qualcomm states that the Adreno 530 with Snapdragon 820 can improve overall graphics performance and compute capabilities of devices by up to 40% compared to the Adreno 430. The Adreno 530 will also reduce power consumption by up to 40% the company reveals.

Now the other latest version – the new Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP, can deliver the image quality of a DSLR. Yes! A DSLR.  This dual-ISP, supports the latest 14-bit sensors for a wider range of colors and more natural skin tones. With this, the users can expect better photos through the hybrid autofocus framework and multi-sensor fusion algorithms.

The company revelas that the captured demo still images captured show a high level of texture quality, reflective surfaces, and lighting effects possible from the Adreno 530 GPU.

Tim Leland, vice president of product management for Qualcomm stated,

We’re significantly enhancing the visual processing capabilities of Snapdragon to support next-generation user experiences related to computational photography, computer vision, virtual reality and photo-realistic graphics on mobile devices, all while maximizing battery life.

The Snapdragon 820 packed with the Adreno 530 and Qualcomm Spectra is expected to arrive in 2016.

Earlier on Thursday, Qualcomm Inc had announced that its subsidiary Qualcomm Global Trading  had acquired Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited, or CSR, known for its SiRFstar series of chips, which are used in many consumer devices.

The acquisition, which was completed for a sum of $2.2 billion, also saw CSR being renamed Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd.


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