Mon. Jan 18th, 2021
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC Debuts With New 5G Modem, Next-Gen AI Engine for Flagship Smartphones

Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform as its subsequent-generation flagship program-on-chip (SoC) for premium smartphones at a virtual keynote held throughout the initially day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020. The new chip, which is the successor to final year’s Snapdragon 865 SoC and was speculated would be named the Snapdragon 875 SoC up right up until now, comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem that is touted to allow compatibility for the two mmWave and sub-six networks across all key bands around the world. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is also created to supply an upgraded photography expertise, with an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP.

As a important improve in excess of the Snapdragon 865 that was launched close to the similar time final 12 months, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a sixth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine that comes along with a “completely redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon processor to supply new artificial intelligence (AI) experiences.

Companies like Asus, Black Shark, LG, Lenovo, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE are anticipated to deliver their units based mostly on the Snapdragon 888 SoC subsequent 12 months. Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun also confirmed throughout the keynote that its Mi eleven will be one particular of the initially units to come with the most up-to-date SoC.

The San Diego-based mostly corporation claimed that in contrast to the former generation, the new mobile platform would offer enhanced functionality and electrical power efficiency in AI processing — all at a price of 26 tera operations per 2nd (TOPS). There is also a 2nd-generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub for reduced-electrical power, often-on AI processing.

Exclusively for gamers, the Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming mobile engine that consists of updatable GPU drivers, desktop forward rendering, and frame prices reaching up to 144 frames per 2nd.

The new Snapdragon SoC also consists of the subsequent-generation Spectra ISP that is capable of capturing images and video clips at up to two.seven gigapixels per 2nd, which translates to approximately 120 images at twelve-megapixel resolution. This is up to 35 % quicker than the former generation ISP readily available on the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Qualcomm has supplied the third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF program on the Snapdragon 888 SoC to allow wider 5G compatibility. The new constructed-in modem brings help for 5G carrier aggregation, worldwide multi-SIM, standalone and non-standalone (SA and NSA) networks, and dynamic spectrum sharing.

To show new abilities of the Snapdragon 888 SoC throughout the keynote, Qualcomm showed two radio-managed (RC) race vehicles linked fully utilizing a 5G mmWave network that have been managed from in excess of a mile away utilizing a Snapdragon 888 reference design and style. The 5G network enabling the expertise was constructed in collaboration with Verizon and Ericsson. Even further, the reference design and style incorporated the Qualcomm Area Suite to highlight enhanced accuracy via the most up-to-date improvement.

Comprehensive specs of the Snapdragon 888 SoC will be announced at the day-two session on Wednesday.


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