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Qualcomm Announces New Flagship Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

Qualcomm Proclaims New Flagship Snapdragon 855 Cellular Platform – A New Decade of 5G, AI, and XR

—World’s First Business 5G Cellular Platform is Sampling to Clients Now and Excepted to Help Premium Multi-Gigabit Smartphones within the first half of 2019—

HAWAII — December 5, 2018 — In the course of the second day of the annual Snapdragon Know-how Summit, Qualcomm Applied sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Included (NASDAQ:QCOM), unveiled the most recent era within the eight Cellular Platform Collection, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Cellular Platform. That is the world’s first business cellular platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive prolonged actuality (XR) collectively, ushering in a brand new decade of revolutionary cellular units. Utilizing new chip architectures constructed on main 7nm course of know-how, Snapdragon 855 will supply customers longlasting battery life and superior experiences in areas reminiscent of imaging, audio, gaming and XR.

“As operators launch 5G networks in early 2019, shoppers will for the primary time be capable of reap the benefits of transformative 5G shopper experiences on cellular units with Snapdragon 855,” stated Alex Katouzian, senior vice chairman and basic supervisor, cellular, Qualcomm Applied sciences, Inc. “We’re proud to share our know-how innovations and be among the many first to convey cellular 5G to the world.”

Connectivity: The Snapdragon 855 Cellular Platform unleashes transformative 5G experiences to the world, with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, whereas harnessing the most effective in multi-gigabit 4G connectivity with the inbuilt Snapdragon X24 LTE modem. With Snapdragon X50 this platform helps 5G for each Sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands, offering blazing-fast responsiveness and unprecedented speeds. It’s designed to ship multi-gigabit speeds that have been beforehand unachievable in cellular communication. In mmWave frequency bands, customers can anticipate as much as 20x quicker common efficiency in comparison with a number of the present business options, to grasp the acute knowledge calls for of at the moment and pave the best way for next-generation immersive experiences, together with multiplayer VR gaming, purchasing with AR, and real-time video collaboration. Snapdragon 855 additionally provides highly effective subsequent era Wi-Fi efficiency by way of the Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready cellular platform, together with superior options like eight×eight sounding to serve extra units extra effectively (as much as 2x enchancment over four×four sounding units), Goal Wakeup Time for as much as 67% higher energy effectivity, and the newest safety with WPA3. Snapdragon 855 additionally helps mmWave Wi-Fi, using the Qualcomm® 60 GHz Wi-Fi cellular platform. This industry first 802.11ay-based platform takes Wi-Fi speeds as much as an unprecedented 10 Gbps and brings wire-equivalent low latency. Snapdragon 855 additionally enhances its help for Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Stereo Plus know-how to satisfy rising calls for within the headset and hearables markets for really wi-fi units by optimizing for low latency between left and proper earbuds in addition to decreasing the facility consumption permitting longer listening time per battery cost.

Efficiency: Snapdragon 855 is engineered to ship industry main efficiency and effectivity. It options our cutting-edge Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU constructed on Arm Cortex Know-how, providing as much as a 45% efficiency enchancment over our earlier era flagship platform. The brand new Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU offers as much as 20% quicker graphics than the earlier era whereas persevering with to steer the industry in efficiency per watt. Gaming experiences utilizing Adreno graphics will obtain a brand new degree of realism with help of Vulkan 1.1, excessive dynamic vary (HDR), and bodily based mostly rendering (PBR).

AI: Snapdragon 855 options the 4th era multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, which provides a complete capability of greater than 7 trillion operations per second (7 TOPs), and 3x the AI efficiency in comparison with the earlier era cellular platform. The all new Qualcomm Hexagon 690 Processor features a newly designed Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (HTA) and 4 Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) – a doubling of vector processing from our earlier era flagship, plus 4 scalar threads, all of which give a strong mix of devoted and programmable AI acceleration. Adreno GPU hardware enhancements that enhance AI acceleration embrace 50% extra arithmetic logic models, and new directions to additional speed up AI efficiency have been added to the all-new Kryo 485 CPU. The 4th gen Qualcomm AI Engine software program suite brings a lot of enhancements to the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, Google’s Android NN-API, and to each Hexagon NN and the Qualcomm Math Library. And a broader vary of optimized community precisions and neural community courses at the moment are obtainable to help the surge of on-device AI voice, digital camera, gaming and XR consumer experiences, lots of which can be found from Qualcomm Applied sciences’ AI software program collaborators and can be featured on next-generation Snapdragon 855 units. The increasing roster of AI software program collaborators profiting from 4th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine capabilities now consists of AI Speech, AnyVision, iFlytek, Elevoc and Nalbi. As well as, Snapdragon 855 brings a extra superior on-device Voice Assistant utilizing devoted AI acceleration for echo cancellation and noise suppression, so customers can speak to their Voice Assistant gadget at any time.

Digital camera: Snapdragon 855 units new requirements for capturing beautiful photographs and movies. The brand new Qualcomm Spectra™ 380 ISP integrates quite a few hardware accelerated pc imaginative and prescient (CV) capabilities, enabling the world’s first introduced CV-ISP to offer cutting-edge computational images and video seize options whereas on the similar time providing as much as 4x energy financial savings. The CV-ISP consists of hardware-based depth sensing which allows video seize, object classification, and object segmentation all in real-time in 4K HDR at 60fps. This implies a consumer can seize a video and precisely exchange chosen objects or backgrounds within the scene in realtime all with 4K HDR decision utilizing over 1 billion shades of shade. Even additional, the brand new Qualcomm Spectra 380 ISP is the primary introduced ISP to help video recording utilizing HDR10+, so the greater than 1 billion shades of colour could be captured with distinctive distinction and visible brilliance. Lastly, in an effort to effectively retailer this superb content material, Snapdragon 855 provides hardware acceleration for HEIF file format encoding, decreasing file sizes by 50% for effectively saving and sending consumer generated content material.

Leisure: Snapdragon 855 supplies shoppers with an upgraded leisure platform for extra real looking gaming, improved cinematics, and better performing XR.

  • Gaming: Snapdragon 855 is the primary platform to supply our new Snapdragon Elite Gaming expertise. This expertise consists of cinematic shade grading in true HDR (>1 billion colours), filmic tone-mapping, demanding bodily based mostly rendering (PBR), and help for the Vulkan 1.1 graphics library. Even probably the most demanding video games will run smoother with the Snapdragon 855, with customized algorithms designed to scale back dropped frames by >90%. Multiplayer gaming is improved by decreasing latencies, and the Snapdragon 855 platform lowers latency for customers selecting the industry’s first 5G, the industry’s first 11ay-based 60GHz Wi-Fi, or just algorithmic enhancements to scale back latencies utilizing present 802.11 requirements. Lastly, the audio expertise has been upgraded with the brand new Qualcomm aptX Adaptive audio codec and help for Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus. aptX adaptive is designed to offer the last word wi-fi listening expertise by combining strong premium audio high quality with considerably decrease latency for gaming and multimedia purposes.
  • Films: The improved cinema expertise will even allow HDR10+ playback – a business first on cellular. Customers may also watch extra films on a single cost, as newly launched hardware accelerated H.265 and VP9 decoding presents larger power effectivity.
  • XR: Snapdragon 855 additionally allows volumetric digital actuality (VR) immersive video expertise at 8K resolutions at 120fps. This along with most of the new capabilities already described provides customers the last word freedom to observe, study, play and share dynamic experiences in actual time, even additional blurring the visible strains between bodily and digital worlds.

The Snapdragon 855 is the primary cellular platform to help the brand new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, the world’s first business ultrasonic fingerprint answer supported underneath the show. That is the one cellular answer that may precisely detect fingerprints via quite a few contaminants. Moreover, this know-how allows glossy, cutting-edge type elements whereas distinguishing itself from options with larger ranges of safety and accuracy. The Snapdragon 855 Cellular Platform is presently sampling to clients and is predicted to start delivery in business units in 1H 2019. Snapdragon 855 will energy the subsequent era of premium flagship units and launch the world into a brand new decade of extra immersive and related consumer experiences. For extra info please go to Qualcomm’s website at

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Cellular Platform options embrace:

Qualcomm Synthetic Intelligence Engine

  • Qualcomm Hexagon 690 Processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU
  • Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU


  • Snapdragon X24 LTE modem LTE Class 20
  • Snapdragon X50 5G modem (for 5G units)
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready cellular platform: 802.11ax-ready, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g/n.
  • Qualcomm 60 GHz Wi-Fi cellular platform: 802.11ay, 802.11advert
  • Bluetooth Model:
  • Bluetooth Velocity: 2 Mbps
  • Excessive accuracy location with dual-frequency GNSS

Qualcomm Spectra 380 Picture Sign Processor

  • Twin 14-bit CV-ISPs; 22MP @30 fps concurrent twin cameras; 48MP @ 30 fps single digital camera
  • Hardware CV features together with object detection & monitoring (Histogram of Oriented Gradients, Harris Nook Detection, Normalized Cross Correlation, Linear classification and optical move) and stereo depth processing
  • Superior HDR answer together with improved zzHDR and Three-exposure Quad Shade Filter Array (QCFA) HDR
  • 4K60 HDR video seize (HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG) with Portrait Mode (bokeh), 10-bit colour depth and Rec. 2020 colour gamut
  • Hardware-based Multi-Body Noise Discount (MFNR) for snapshot and Movement Compensated Temporal noise Filtering (MCTF) for video
  • Hardware-based Digital Picture Stabilization (EIS) answer inside digital camera subsystem
  • A brand new modular ISP design with extra flexibility to faucet out and in of the imaging pipeline BOth within the RAW and YUV pixel domains
  • Excessive body fee seize for sluggish movement video (720p @ 480fps)
  • HEIF photograph seize, HEVC (H.265) video seize


  • Qualcomm Aqstic audio know-how
  • Qualcomm aptX help, together with basic aptX, aptX HD and aptX adaptive
  • Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus

Qualcomm Adreno Visible Subsystem

  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • Vulkan 1.1 API help
  • HDR gaming (10-bit shade depth, rec 2020 colour gamut)
  • Bodily Based mostly Rendering
  • API Help: OpenGL ES Three.2, OpenCL FP, Vulkan 1.1
  • Most On-Gadget Show Help: As much as 4K HDR
  • Most Exterior Show Help: As much as two 4K HDR shows
  • Hardware-accelerated H.265 and VP9 decoder
  • HDR Playback Codec help for HDR10+, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
  • Volumetric VR video playback
  • 8K 360 VR video playback

Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU

  • One prime core clock velocity: As much as 2.84GHz
  • Three efficiency cores clock velocity: As much as 2.42GHz
  • 4 effectivity cores clock velocity: As much as 1.80GHz
  • Structure: 64-bit

Course of

Qualcomm Hexagon M690 Processor

  • Safe Processing functionality
  • Quad threaded Scalar Core
  • 4 Qualcomm Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX)
  • Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
  • Qualcomm Hexagon Voice Assistant
  • Qualcomm All-Methods Conscious™ know-how


• Qualcomm Biometric Authentication Suite: Fingerprint, Qualcomm Iris Authentication, Voice, Face, Qualcomm® Safe Processing Unit enabling cellular funds
• Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Qualcomm Fast Cost four+ Know-how


• Reminiscence Velocity: 2133MHz
• Reminiscence Sort: 4x16bit, LPDDR4x

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm invents breakthrough applied sciences that rework how the world computes, connects and communicates. Once we related the telephone to the Web, the cellular revolution was born. Right now, our innovations are the inspiration for life-changing merchandise, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this subsequent massive change in mobile know-how spurring a brand new period of clever, related units and enabling new alternatives in related automobiles, distant supply of well being care providers, and the IoT — together with sensible cities, sensible houses, and wearables. Qualcomm Included consists of our licensing enterprise, QTL, and the overwhelming majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Applied sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Included, operates, together with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, analysis and improvement features, and all of our services companies, together with, the QCT semiconductor enterprise. For extra info, go to Qualcomm’s web site, OnQ weblog, Twitter and Fb pages.

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