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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn't flagship enough

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It's called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which just rolls off the tongue, and Qualcomm says it'll offer 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clocks, and -- get this -- use 15 percent less power for "nearly 1 hour" of extra gameplay or, say, 50 minutes of social media browsing. Technically, Qualcomm says it's achieved "up to 30 percent" better power efficiency from both the CPU and GPU, and 20 percent better AI performance per watt, but that doesn't necessarily all transfer into more battery life -- some of it's about performance, too. Qualcomm is particularly touting better sustained performance from the new chip too -- theoretically maintaining its clockspeed for longer as it heats up while gaming or tapping into 5G. Of course, that all depends on how phone manufacturers decide to cool the chip. The company's not breaking down where the extra performance and efficiencies are coming from, but you can see some of the chip's other features in the slide above, even though many of them (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10Gbps of theoretical 5G, and 8K HDR video capture) haven't changed from the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm says it'll live alongside that older chip, so you can probably expect a price premium. Qualcomm's also announcing a new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 today, suggesting to journalists that it's aimed at gamers with a 20 percent graphics performance boost over the prior gen and the trickle-down of features like its "Adreno Frame Motion Engine" to make games see smoother by interpolating frames.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power tomorrow's best Android phones

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Premium Android smartphones will have a new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor option when they debut this fall: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which will boost GPU performance by about 10 percent while tacking on an extra hour of battery life. Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, a similar upgrade to its next performance tier of Snapdragon processors. According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power phones by Asus ROG, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, OSOM, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE when the phones debut in the third quarter. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 beginning in the second quarter. According to Mike Roberts, the vice president of global product marketing for Qualcomm, the justification for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a simple one: the company sees more consumers turning to premium smartphones.


Qualcomm plunges into the robotics market with new platform

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Greg Nichols covers robotics, AI, and AR/VR for ZDNet. A full-time journalist and author, he writes about tech, travel, crime, and the economy for global media outlets and reports from across the U. Qualcomm is taking a big dive into robotics. At its 5G Summit event, the company announced a new robotics platform that serves as an off-the-shelf developer kit for creating autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and drones, utilizing 5G and edge AI for next-gen autonomy. In practical terms, this could set off huge changes in the expanding AMR market and the upstart enterprise drone market. Currently, the space is dominated by a handful of robotics firms that build AMRs or drone-in-a-box solutions and lease them on an as-a-service model.


Qualcomm goes beyond smartphones with 5G and edge-AI robotics solutions

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Qulacomm said it is launching new platform support for advanced robotics products, 5G wireless networking and edge-AI applications. The company unveiled the Qualcomm Robotics solutions at its annual Qualcomm 5G Summit event as it recognizes the ways in which 5G is proliferating beyond smartphones. The San Diego, California-based company took the wraps off its Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and the Qualcomm RB5AMR reference design, which can be used to build advanced edge-AI and robotics products using Qualcomm's chips. The solutions will help unlock new commercial markets for autonomous mobile robots, delivery robots, highly automated manufacturing robots, collaborative robots, unmanned aircraft, industrial drone infrastructure, autonomous defense solutions and beyond.


Qualcomm is using AI to supercharge your phone's cellular signal

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In smartphones, "AI" is often used to enhance the look and quality of your photos. Qualcomm said that it's going even further, using AI to improve the cellular performance and coverage of your 5G smartphone as well. Specifically, Qualcomm claims that it's building AI capabilities into its modems to improve their signal coverage, further refining the range of all the radios connected to the device, including 4G and 5G. The AI technology will be included in the Snapdragon X70 modem that should ship this year and appear in smartphones in 2023. Qualcomm used the occasion of its 5G Summit to make the announcements, many of which are designed to improve the performance of the short-range, high-speed millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology.


Kagan: Why Qualcomm keeps hitting it out of the park

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Qualcomm is on a roll. They just keep hitting the ball out of the park, quarter after quarter, with strong and expanding growth. A few short years ago they were bogged down with Apple and U.S. government battles, but now that things have settled down, they are looking stronger than ever going forward. Let's take a closer look at what we can expect. First, Qualcomm is a leader in the very attractive wireless industry which keeps expanding, decade after decade.


Stocks To Watch in 5G Wireless Growth Wave: Jeff Kagan

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The wireless industry has been one of the fastest growing spaces for several decades. That does not mean, however, that it is always on fire. Every growth wave has ebbs and flows. It all depends on the period of time in which you are focused. The good news is the wireless industry has entered the next growth wave with 5G, AI, IoT, AR, VR, cloud and more.


Qualcomm Touts Eight AI "Firsts"

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Whenever people take photos or speak to a digital assistant using a mobile phone, they often don't realize that they just took advantage of Artificial Intelligence (AI). If they think of AI at all, it is typically in the context of Autonomous Vehicles or perhaps Facebook's (Meta's) massive data centers. While AI is becoming ubiquitous and distributed across edge devices and cloud servers, many challenges remain to realize the connected intelligent edge vision CEO Cristiano Amon has for AI to enable automated perception, reasoning, and action. For AI to enable the levels of automation and personalization Qualcomm AI Research VP Jilei Hou believes that AI hardware and software must become much smaller, faster, more efficient, lower power, and able to learn continuously at the edge in the real world. This provides the perfect complement to remote processing in the cloud, whose reach has been further advanced through Qualcomm's 5G technology.


Qualcomm Completes Auto Software Stack With Arriver Acquisition

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Qualcomm continues its expansion into ADAS and autonomous control with the potential acquisition of ... [ ] Veoneer Qualcomm announced that it has completed its rather complicated acquisition of Arriver. The acquisition completes the software stack for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) solutions. Qualcomm formally established a partnership with Veoneer to create Arriver in 2021. The intent was to develop a full automotive software stack that merged Veoneer's perception and driving policy software with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Ride platform. That was until Magna International made an unsolicited offer to acquire Veoneer in June 2021.


Chip giant Qualcomm launches $100M Metaverse fund

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Multinational software and microchip giant Qualcomm has launched a $100 million Metaverse fund to back extended reality (XR), artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) tech companies. Extended reality refers to the combination of smartphones along with AR and VR technology such as headsets and glasses. The investment project is dubbed the "SnapDragon Metaverse Fund" in reference to the firm's Snapdragon chips that are designed for a long list of devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, smartwatches and smartbooks. According to a Monday announcement, the funding will also go toward a grant program for developers building XR-focused gaming, health, wellness, media and entertainment experiences. "Through the Snapdragon Metaverse Fund, we look forward to empowering developers and companies of all sizes as they push the boundaries of what's possible as we enter into this new generation of spatial computing," said president and CEO of Qualcomm Cristiano Amon.