Qualcomm has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has introduced its next-gen visual processing technology with new versions of its GPU and Image Signal Processing (ISP) unit to deliver significant advancements in performance, power efficiency and user experience to Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
The Qualcomm Adreno 5xx GPU architecture delivers increased speed and efficiency over the previous generation and supports stunning high-definition mobile graphics while introducing general-purpose compute co-processing for exceptionally low power consumption. The first two GPUs available on the new architecture, the Adreno 530 and Adreno 510, will be available integrated within the forthcoming Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 620/618 processors.
Snapdragon 820 will also debut the latest 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra ISP unit, designed to support superior DSLR-quality photography and enhanced computer vision. Devices based on Snapdragon 820 are expected to be available in 1H 2016. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Spectra are products of QTI.
“We’re significantly enhancing the visual processing capabilities of Snapdragon to support next-gen user experiences related to computational photography, computer vision, virtual reality and photo-realistic graphics on mobile devices, all while maximising battery life,” said Tim Leland, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.
“Qualcomm Spectra ISP, together with our Adreno 5xx-class GPU, brings an entirely new level of imaging to smartphones and is designed to allow Snapdragon-powered devices to capture ultra-clear, vivid photos and videos regardless of motion and lighting conditions and display them with the colour accuracy that nature intended. In addition, as emerging growth segments such as automotive demand more immersive visual experiences, Snapdragon 820 will enable next-gen infotainment, computer vision and advanced processing for instrument clusters.”
Designed for scalability, the Adreno 5xx architecture is the foundation of Qualcomm Technologies’ next-gen custom GPUs and is the successor to the Adreno 4xx family. Recently integrated within the Snapdragon 820, the Adreno 530 is the highest-performance GPU ever designed by Qualcomm Technologies, providing superior experiences with:
Introduced with the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm Spectra ISP is Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced dual-imaging signal processing unit to-date, integrated and designed to provide best-in-class camera image quality and end-user benefits, including: