The chips are used to calculate what neurons are for our body: basic functional units whose main task is to receive, process and transmit information. Their development determines whether applications can become more sophisticated, handle artificial intelligence, process increasing amounts of data, and reproduce clearer, more realistic images and sounds. Each advance in these integrated circuits pushes the rest of the industry to develop new capabilities for smartphones, cars, home appliances, computers and more.
This month, Qualcomm unveiled its brand new chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, designed to use artificial intelligence, quadruple performance and reduce power consumption by up to 60%. These are the three core areas that are also being developed by other companies such as Intel, Samsung, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) and Apple – which in June started developing its own family of chips for Mac, the M2s. Here are some of the developments brought by the latest advances from Qualcomm:
The processor. Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, believes that the next five years will be about technological convergence: providing other devices with smartphone capabilities while giving phones some of the advantages of computers and consoles. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform was developed with this in mind, and starting next year, companies such as Samsung, Honor, OnePlus, Sony, Xiaomi, and Motorola will integrate it into their high-end devices. Its specifications are: a 4 nanometer processor (more efficient and capable); a main core with a maximum frequency of 3.2 GHz, three of 2.8 and four of 2, and support for 5G networks. Plus, 10 Gigabits per second downloads and peak performance with Wi-Fi 7, the latest wireless technology. Chris Patrick, vice president of the company, says it delivers innovative artificial intelligence, unparalleled connectivity, and professional-grade gaming.
Glasses, which aspire to dethrone the watch. Amon is convinced that glasses will become the next big wearable. These are conventional-looking glasses that will place all mobile apps millimeters from your eyes. Things like driving directions, a video call, your latest messages, information related to what you see, a movie or the metaverse will be displayed on the lenses. Amon thinks they will start to become available in the “next five to 10 years”. From a technological point of view, he points out, it is quite feasible; It’s just a matter of time.
The basis for this near future is the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1, a multi-chip architecture that includes an augmented reality processor on one limb, an augmented reality coprocessor in the middle of the frame, and a connectivity system that uses FastConnect 7800 on the other branch. . With this distribution of elements, up to nine cameras can be used, the performance of artificial intelligence can be increased by 2.5 times, the energy consumption can be reduced by 50% and, above all, the entire device can fit in a conventional frame.
Language. The AI engine paved the way for Snapdragon Smart, a natural language processing system that facilitates simultaneous translation into multiple languages, and Sensing Hub, which allows users to give increasingly complex commands to assistants voice prompts, such as “find a restaurant” or “find a hotel near me” can become “find a place with Chinese food under $20 within 10 minutes” or “a four-star hotel with a gym , babysitting, and close to the beach, all under $200 per night.”
Instant Photoshop. Adobe is working with Qualcomm to develop Snapdragon Sight, a platform that aims to bring the experience of professional photography to smartphone cameras using real-time semantic segmentation for photos and videos. Just like Photoshop, this feature identifies the different layers of an image, such as faces, features, hair, clothes, sky or background, to optimize them with artificial intelligence as you go. shot measurement. Companies such as Sony or Samsung are also applying the Qualcomm platform to their image sensors to shoot up to 200 megapixels and high-definition videos in 8K resolution.
Games. Faster execution (25%), more realism and lower consumption (40%) are the keys to Snapdragon Elite Gaming, with which developers can create more realistic and immersive graphics with ray tracing for mobile games without emptying battery. Game developer Niantic has already announced that it will integrate this technology.
Link. The new processing platform is linked to 5G connectivity and Wi-Fi 7, the latest generation of wireless connection, thanks to the X70 modem, to gain speed, capacity, coverage, latency and energy efficiency. It also doubles the range of the Bluetooth connection and allows the simultaneous use of two SIM cards.
Sound. Another goal of the new developments is to improve the experience of music, calls, video and games applications. The idea is not only to improve clarity and immersive ability, but to use possible artificial intelligence to discriminate and cancel sounds, for example, all outside noises during a conversation.
Computers. Technological convergence doesn’t just mean advancements for smartphones; the goal is to bring mobile technology to all devices, especially laptops, and machines, such as cars. In this sense, the collaboration between Qualcomm and Microsoft will allow the integration of artificial intelligence acceleration systems in Windows 11, not only to improve image and sound applications (Windows Studio Effects Voice Focus and Background Blur) but , above all, to take advantage of advances in artificial intelligence to improve the performance and energy efficiency of CPUs (central processing units) and GPUs (graphics processing units).
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