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Qualcomm Announces New Chip That Supports 4K Video

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:49am
Andrew Berg

Qualcomm Wednesday unveiled the next generation of its Snapdragon line of mobile chips. 

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor aims to support higher quality video than its predecessors. Specifically, the company says the Snapdragon 805 will support Ultra HD (4K) resolution, both on device and via Ultra HD TVs. 

The new chips feature and Adreno 420 GPU, with up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor. Qualcomm says the 805 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). 

The Snapdragon 805 is a quad-core chip that will run at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz per core. The chips will also support all carrier aggregation band combinations approved by 3GPP, as part of the move to LTE Advanced. 

Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and co-president of QC, said in a statement Using a smartphone or tablet powered by the Snapdragon 805 processor is like "having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket." 

"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," Renduchintala said. 

The Snapdragon 805 processor is sampling now and expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.

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