Qualcomm announces Ultra HD Processor for TVs and STBs

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 processor, the first fully integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed for next-generation smart TVs, smart set-top boxes and smart digital media adapters.

The Snapdragon 802 processor is designed to power the latest smart TV experiences at Ultra HD resolution, including seamless decoding of Ultra HD video content, rich user interfaces, and console-quality gaming. Its high performance, power-efficient design enables the Snapdragon 802 processor to deliver advanced, concurrent use cases, such as 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.

Advanced content protection with integrated Snapdragon StudioAccess is designed to ensure that premium content can be enjoyed securely on Snapdragon 802-enabled devices.

“In addition to offering our expertise in the smartphone space, we also are introducing capabilities specific to the smart TV space, which enable our customers to redefine the smart TV category by combining the best of both TV and smartphone experiences,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies and co-president, QCT.

“Combining the efficient integration of our Snapdragon processing and connectivity components with Qualcomm Technologies’ demonstrated expertise in Android will enable the ultimate home entertainment experience with compelling new ways to watch, play and interact,” added Renduchintala.

The Snapdragon 802 processor includes features developed by Qualcomm Technologies specifically for TVs, such as broadcast, analog and digital I/O interfaces, as well as a custom Android Software Framework based on Kit Kat that is designed to enable our OEM customers to develop performance and media optimized Android solutions for smart consumer electronic devices.

The Snapdragon 802 processor platform delivers leading connectivity as well, featuring Qualcomm Technologies’ state-of-the-art 2-stream, dual-band Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac, which enables ultra-high Wi-Fi capacity for seamless streaming and fast transmission of large files. Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) support enables smooth, uninterrupted HD video transmissions and other latency-sensitive content.

The Snapdragon 802 processor will begin sampling early this year and is expected to be in commercial devices by late 2014.

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