Last week, chipmaker Qualcomm announced its next-gen Snapdragon 845 SoC that will power next year’s flagship smartphones. But it wasn’t just about smartphones as Qualcomm has been eying on the tablet and PC segment was well. The company has partnered Microsoft to optimize Windows 10 OS for a range of ‘Always Connected PCs’ running on Snapdragon 835 / 845 mobile platforms. It is also working with wearable companies to power Virtual Reality (VR) and Windows Mixed Reality devices.
The new Snapdragon 845 SoC is built on 10nm FinFET (LPP) process featuring an octa-core Kryo CPU – four Cortex A75 cores and four Cortex A55 cores. It is paired with Adreno 630 GPU, which Qualcomm says is 30 percent faster, and offers 30 percent improved energy efficiency. What’s interesting is the support for 2K + 2K 120fps XR (extended reality) for virtual and augmented reality devices.
The GPU includes visual processing subsystem architecture enabling room-scale inside-out 6-degrees of freedom (6DoF) along with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). It also features wall-collision detection, which is important in the virtual and augmented world.
According to a report on VRFocus, Qualcomm is working with NetEase to optimize its Messiah game engine for producing ‘more exceptional games’ for players. “With our close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies, NetEase can improve our existing and future mobile gaming content more effectively for premium tier Snapdragon platforms, especially the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. We will develop and optimize more exceptional mobile gaming products for players around the globe, continuing to meet their demands for premium gaming experience,” said Ethan (Yi) Wang, vice president, NetEase, Inc.
NetEase has already used Qualcomm’s VR SDK to develop its first VR game called Twilight Pioneers. More games designed for Snapdragon 845 SoC are due to launch sometime in 2018.