Qualcomm's CES keynote took place this afternoon and the company used the opportunity to take the wraps of its new Snapdragon S4 MPQ8064 processor, a quad-core solution aimed at smart TVs and set-top boxes.
"Consumers demand a seamless experience across all screens, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and televisions," said Raj Talluri, vice president of product management for Qualcomm. "Having Snapdragon processors power smart TVs and digital media adapters is a natural extension of our leadership in mobile and computing technologies into the connected home."
Clocked to 1.5 GHz, this quad-core CPU is based on Qualcomm's Krait micro-architecture-Adreno 320 graphics and features advanced audio/video capabilities that Qualcomm says will yield the best performing mobile experience while consuming less power. Qualcomm also took the time to highlight the first TV to use a Snapdragon processor, which is also launching at CES this week.
The Lenovo K91 Smart TV was announced yesterday and is the first TV to run on a Qualcomm chip (worth noting, though, that it's the Snapdragon 8960 dual core, and not the quad-core announced today) as well as the first TV to run Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Other hardware specs include a full 55-inch HD IPS panel at 240 Hz, SRS TruSurround, 3D FPR technology, voice control with natural language processing and speech recognition technology, and a built-in 5MP webcam with face recognition technology. Cloud support enables file sharing between the Smart TV and other devices, and both the Android Market and Lenovo Store provide thousands of apps to install.