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Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 835 processor

Vendor wants give users best-in-class experience with new offering

Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 835 processor
Kressin says the processor industry is accelerating at an exponential pace.

Qualcomm wants to give mobile phone, connected device and virtual reality users a "best-in-class experience" with its newest processor - the Snapdragon 835.

This processor, which the mobile chip manufacturer launched at CES 2017, has a slew of cool new features, including 10-nanometer technology and better battery life. But Qualcomm had a specific focus with its newest product - immersion.

"We looked at what you can see and hear, and intuitive actions," said Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm. "We're accelerating at an exponential pace so that algorithms for detecting malware or facial recognition can be done as efficiently as possible."

The Snapdragon 835 is the first chip running on 10-nanometer technology, according to Qualcomm.

Many chip manufacturers, including Intel, have been striving to break ground around 10-nanometer technology, which enables processors to be smaller but more powerful. Many chips are currently manufactured on 14-nanometer technology.

Qualcomm partnered with Samsung to use its 10-nanometer FinFET processor technology for manufacturing its latest processor.

Qualcomm has built its newest chip to match the compute needs of virtual reality experiences, gaming and 4K streaming that will be prevalent in the next generation of smartphones. And battery life will be a critical part of that, Kressin said.

In terms of battery life, the Snapdragon 835 features Qualcomm's new QuickCharge 4.0 standard, which touts a 20 percent improvement in speed and a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency. Qualcomm boasts that the new charging technology will rack up five hours of battery life in only five minutes of charging.

On the virtual reality side, the Snapdragon 835 features faster 3-D graphics and 60 times more colors. While the Snapdragon 820 has powered smartphones that support virtual reality, Kressin said the Snapdragon 835 will appear in next-generation virtual reality headsets.

As a preview, Qualcomm showed off new ODG R-8 virtual and augmented reality smartglasses, the first Snapdragon 835-based headset.


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