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Qualcomm Intros Snapdragon 805, Internet Processor

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Qualcomm made three announcements on Wednesday, revealing the new Snapdragon 805 “Ultra HD” chip, the Internet Processor (IPQ) to turn routers and whatnot into “smarthome” platforms, and the fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem and RT transceiver chip. The Snapdragon 805 processor, the biggest Qualcomm news of the day, is sampling now and expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.

“Featuring the new Adreno 420 GPU, with up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor to offer system-level Ultra HD support, 4K video capture and playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs), for superior performance, multitasking, power efficiency and mobile user experiences,” Qualcomm announced on Wednesday.

The four Krait 450 mobile CPU cores are the first to run at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz per core, the company claims. The chip also supports memory bandwidth up to 25.6 GB/second, and is designed to provide "unprecedented multimedia and web browsing performance". The chip even supports Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) for video post processing, and is the first to introduce hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decode for mobile for extremely low-power HD video playback.

"Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "We're delivering the mobile industry's first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible." 

As for the Internet Processor, the chip reportedly enables home network equipment to do more than deliver broadband connections. This “smarthome” platform combines two 1.4 GHz Krait CPU cores with Qualcomm Atheros' new dual-core 730 MHz Packet Processor Engine to offload network traffic, supporting up to 5 Gbps of aggregate capacity across LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HomePlug powerline, hybrid wired/wireless, and Ethernet.

“The platform offers Qualcomm security, encryption, Trustzone and secure boot to support advanced services, such as home and health monitoring, requiring best-in-class privacy and authentication. The unique pairing of Krait with the Packet Processor Engine gives the IPQ an unprecedented level of processing power, flexibility and agility to enable network platforms that support the growing number of devices and complexity of applications,” Qualcomm announced.

The first two solutions in the IPQ product line, the IPQ8062 and IPQ8064 for retail routers and home media servers, are currently in production and will be available in commercial products in the first half of 2014.

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    ipwn3r456 , November 20, 2013 6:57 PM
    Not 64 bit CPU yet? We are really approaching for devices that will be over 3GB of RAM... So I guess that's what it will be on the U.S. versions of Galaxy S5? Or some other CPUs...
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    abbadon_34 , November 20, 2013 7:13 PM
    My router does not need 4k or more graphics power. My router needs to be cheap and work.
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    Blaise170 , November 20, 2013 7:25 PM
    And here I am still using a slow 1.0 GHz Snapdragon Scorpion. :) 
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    InvalidError , November 20, 2013 7:59 PM
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    Not 64 bit CPU yet?

    There is still more than a year left to 3GB being a viable ceiling on most phones and tablets, two for low-end models. There is still a fair market for 32bits ARM chips in the foreseeable future if you include all sorts of devices you can stuff SoCs into but Qualcomm might miss the higher-end sales since 4GB will most likely be the high-end norm by year's end.

    For most everyday use though, it will probably take a few years for 4GB to become a significant advantage over 3GB.
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    TheinsanegamerN , November 21, 2013 6:07 AM
    Nice. Hopefully there will be some nice tablets with the 805. the tegra 3 in my nexus 7 is nice and all, but i look at my friend's asus transformer with keyboard and dock and just kinda drool at it. hopefully 10 inch asus transformer with snapdragon 805 and 3 GB ram please!
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    TheinsanegamerN , November 21, 2013 7:15 AM
    Nice. Hopefully there will be some nice tablets with the 805. the tegra 3 in my nexus 7 is nice and all, but i look at my friend's asus transformer with keyboard and dock and just kinda drool at it. hopefully 10 inch asus transformer with snapdragon 805 and 3 GB ram please!
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    renz496 , November 21, 2013 1:15 PM
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    Nice. Hopefully there will be some nice tablets with the 805. the tegra 3 in my nexus 7 is nice and all, but i look at my friend's asus transformer with keyboard and dock and just kinda drool at it. hopefully 10 inch asus transformer with snapdragon 805 and 3 GB ram please!


    isn't that asus transformer line up usually use tegra? the latest flagship TF701T are using T4 and the new TF502T are based on T3. most likely next year flagship will be based on T5
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    TheinsanegamerN , November 24, 2013 12:19 AM
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    Nice. Hopefully there will be some nice tablets with the 805. the tegra 3 in my nexus 7 is nice and all, but i look at my friend's asus transformer with keyboard and dock and just kinda drool at it. hopefully 10 inch asus transformer with snapdragon 805 and 3 GB ram please!


    isn't that asus transformer line up usually use tegra? the latest flagship TF701T are using T4 and the new TF502T are based on T3. most likely next year flagship will be based on T5


    yes, they do use tegra. problem is, the tegra 4 doesnt have nearly enough memory bandwidth to drive the 1600p display. the most common issue is that people say that the tablet is slow and laggy. the 805 has twice the bandwidth, and, if the article is accurate, 40-45% more gpu performance. much more preferable for a 1600p 10 inch tablet.
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    renz496 , November 24, 2013 1:19 AM
    the review done on TF701T shows that it was quite snappy even running games on such high res. also TF701T has been updated to android 4.3 recently which comes with TRIM support. anyway snapdragon 805 most likely go head to head with tegra 5 next year. tegra 5 not officially launch yet but nvidia already send sample for partners since july.
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    TheinsanegamerN , November 24, 2013 7:05 AM
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    the review done on TF701T shows that it was quite snappy even running games on such high res. also TF701T has been updated to android 4.3 recently which comes with TRIM support. anyway snapdragon 805 most likely go head to head with tegra 5 next year. tegra 5 not officially launch yet but nvidia already send sample for partners since july.


    user reviews of the tf701t suggest otherwise. as for tegra 5. this is nvidia. itll be late to the market, and will be overhyped and slower than nvidia claims. just like tegra 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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    renz496 , November 24, 2013 4:25 PM
    Tegra 3 indeed is slow but not tegra 4. Performance wise it is quite comparable to snapdragon 800. Even game developer like vector unit admit that they were dissapointing with tegra 3 performance but totally agree that the performance of tegra 4 really fly. I think this time tegra 5 can be on time. Last time we didn't heard anything about tegra 4 until december 2012. But this time we already heard they talk about tegra 5 since july with actual working chip no less.