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Qualcomm's Broadcast Audio platform is available on the Snapdragon 845 processor

Qualcomm's Broadcast Audio platform is available on the Snapdragon 845 processor

The 845 is Qualcomm's latest "premium" mobile chipset and it aims to bring several new VR-oriented features to the table.

The combination of the new QCC5100 SoC with the Snapdragon 845 is said to offer improved battery life thanks to enhancements lowering power consumption, and the combination of lower latency and a better pairing experience makes this very interesting as we enter a year that will see many Smartphones powered by the new SDM845 platform. And it enables simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) to detect objects in the real world and either avoid them or integrate them into the virtual environment.The SLAM will be wireless, without the external sensors needed for PC-based VR today, and it enables "room-scale VR".

The Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design was announced on February 21st, 2018.

Qualcomm TrueWireless and Qualcomm Snapdragon are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Specifically, a Snapdragon 845 VR headset can support two 2400x2400 resolution displays at 120 frames per second.

Working with French auto manufacturer Groupe PSA, Qualcomm has been using its 9150 C-V2X chipset and reference platform to test its ability to support autonomous communication between vehicles. "We are working with major partners, and we will have complete reference designs for standalone VR and smartphone VR". Brands and system companies such as Oculus and HTC can take those reference designs and build their own products around them. In foveated rendering, the headset detects where your eyes are looking.

Qualcomm Xiaomi Oculus team up for next-gen VR
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The Snapdragon 845 will also enable what Qualcomm calls Adreno Foveation, which is basically foveated rendering using its Adreno GPU.

Wi-Fi was another area of focus in today's announcements, with a new WCN3998 solution created to allow manufacturers to support the emerging 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard on smartphones, tablets and notebooks. Performance bumps (30 percent faster graphics) also mean greater power efficiency (another 30 percent increase).

While mobile technology is understandably a huge focus for Qualcomm, it has also announced big steps forward in its C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) communication technology testing, which first started 12 months ago.

But the key to a good VR experience is movement tracking, which is why the Snapdragon 845 VR headset comes equipped with a suite of cameras.




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