Qualcomm began its participation in CES 2014 in it’s full force. In addition to demonstrating some more features of its Snapdragon 805 (which should be equipped in the next generation of flagship smartphones and tablets), the company also announced its first chipset designed focusing on SmartTVs and set-top boxes specifically. The Snapdragon 802 has a SoC consists of a Krait quad-core 1.8 GHz processor and a powerful Adreno GPU 330. As you can imagine, the chip (which is compatible with Ultra HD resolution) has the potential to be a nice push in the smart TV market, providing quality and performance of graphics processing never seen before in this market.
- Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies
The Snapdragon 802 also includes unpublished resources made by Qualcomm that could be used by manufacturers in the creation of optimized devices, such as a custom framework based on Android 4.4 Kitkat. According to the company, the new chipset will be able to provide a virtually limitless multitasking user experience, allowing the user to “playing an online game while video conferencing; browsing the web while streaming a movie; simultaneously playing back up to four HD videos on the same TV; or sharing with your friends and family by sending wirelessly to other connected mobile devices".
During the official announcement, Qualcomm also stated that they are initiating partnerships with specialized manufacturers and soon expects to see products with SoC coming to market in the late 2014.