The Snapdragon Summit 2022 kicked off in Hawaii yesterday and Qualcomm came out with a bunch of announcements including the launch of the new flagship chipset, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The company also announced a collaboration with Adobe to bring creative experiences on Snapdragon-powered devices. A new developer’s kit was also revealed at the summit. The Snapdragon Summit will go on for three days, concluding on November 17. Here is a quick roundup of all the Qualcomm announcements on Day 1 of the Snapdragon Summit 2022.
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Qualcomm officially releases the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset
The much-awaited Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset finally got an official release on Day 1 of the Snapdragon Summit. Designed for flagship smartphones, the S8G2 makes use of groundbreaking AI processes to enable faster natural language processing with multi-language translation and INT4 support.
The Snapdragon Sight technology brings more advancements to the photos and videos captured by the smartphone. Snapdragon Connect allows greater connectivity, featuring the world’s first 5G AI processor in a mobile platform and being the only commercial Wi-Fi 7 SoC with High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link.
The Snapdragon Sound technology will bring spatial head tracking for a more immersive sound during gaming and multimedia consumption. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is expected to start rolling out in flagship smartphones by December 2022.
“We are passionate about enabling people to do more, so we design Snapdragon with the user at the center. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, will revolutionize the landscape of flagship smartphones in 2023,” said Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile handsets, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers groundbreaking AI, unparalleled connectivity, and champion-level gameplay, enabling consumers to enhance every experience on their most trusted device.”
Qualcomm and Adobe collaborate to bring creativity across mobile, compute, and XR devices
Snapdragon and Adobe announced a collaborative partnership to deliver creative experiences across mobile, computing, and XR devices. Adobe will continue to build products for creators on Android using the Snapdragon mobile platform. Adobe Fresco and Adobe Acrobat will become native to Windows PCs powered by Snapdragon. Lastly, Adobe Aero will expand its authoring and viewing capabilities through AR and MR with Snapdragon-supported products.
“Adobe is driving creativity and document productivity forward and our product magic comes to life on technology platforms that are built for performance and scale,” said Govind Balakrishnan, SVP, Creative Cloud Products and Services, Adobe. “Designers, creatives and knowledge workers using Snapdragon and XR can look forward to working with our flagship products and Adobe Sensei AI technologies as they define a new era of digital experiences across surfaces and new creative mediums.”
Qualcomm launches new Innovators Development Kit
Qualcomm also launched the new Innovators Development Kit that helps new developers to work with Qualcomm Technologies software stacks on Snapdragon mobile platforms. It also minimises time-to-market for devs and increases customisation. This Development Kit will first be made available to select universities and research institutions and will later expand to additional developers segments in the future.
“Providing new developer communities with access to our technologies will further enable innovation that accelerates the digital economy and drives the greater good,” said Ziad Asghar, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Improving time-to-market for developers by minimizing the time from intent to prototype will allow these communities to leverage our One Technology Roadmap for their product needs.”