Qualcomm on Wednesday launched new versions of its graphics and image signal processing units to better equip its Snapdragon mobile chips to handle computer vision and DSLR-like photography.
The technology, part of Qualcomm's Adreno 5xx graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture, will be integrated into the company's upcoming Snapdragon 820 and 620/618 processors.
Devices based on the Snapdragon 820 will be available in the first half of 2016. The chip will also have Qualcomm's 14-bit Spectra image signal processing unit.
The upshot here is that mobile chipmakers are prepping for the next-gen user experience, which will revolve around computer vision, graphics and virtual reality with a low power footprint. Meanwhile, device makers are increasingly competing in the smartphone space on camera quality.
According to Qualcomm, its Adreno GPU platform has 40 percent lower power consumption with a 40 percent performance bump compared to its predecessor.
Adreno also has:
- APIs to the latest graphics and compute standards;
- Co-processing with 64-bit processors and shared virtual memory.
- New rendering and compression techniques to boost performance with a lower power footprint.
- Support for better pixel quality in images.