Qualcomm Bringing 4K Video to Mobile Devices with New Snapdragon Chip
CFOworld.com reports that Qualcomm has introduced a mobile chip that will play back 4K video on smartphones and tablets in addition to supporting the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Availability is slated for early 2014.
The Snapdragon 805 chip, announced on Wednesday, could be Qualcomm’s fastest performing chip. The quad-core chip operates at a clock speed of 2.5GHz and has the latest Adreno 420 graphics engine, which can process 4K or UltraHD video at a 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution.
High-definition TVs that support 4K video are already available, but smartphone chip makers now want to bring the technology to smaller screens. The Snapdragon 805 chip has the memory bandwidth to handle 4K video rendering, and will do so at low power, Qualcomm said. It also has an integrated LTE modem and supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi.