Qualcomm Unleashes High-End Mobile Application Processor with 4K Video Support

Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 805 System-on-Chip: Four Cores, New Graphics, Quad-Channel Memory, New Technologies

by Anton Shilov
11/20/2013 | 11:05 PM

Qualcomm, the world’s largest developer of mobile application processors, a new Snapdragon 800-series system-on-chip that features vastly improved performance and capabilities. The new processor is among the world’s first SoCs to support video in ultra-high-definition (UHD) resolutions and formats. Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 application processor promises to become the world’s fastest mobile chip to date.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 features four ARM Krait 450 cores designed to work at 2.50GHz; Adreno 420 graphics processing engine that supports hardware tessellation and geometry shaders as well as provides 40% higher performance than the predecessor; quad-channel LPDDR3 memory controller with up to 25.6GB/s bandwidth; and a number of other innovations, such as new special-purpose multimedia accelerators, enhanced dual camera image signal processors (ISPs) and so on. The chip does not feature baseband capabilities, but supports WiFi 802.11n/ac (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 can be paired with Qualcomm Gobi MDM9x25 or the Gobi MDM9x35 modem, powering superior seamless connected mobile experiences. The Gobi MDM9x25 chipset announced in February 2013 has seen significant adoption as the first embedded, mobile computing solution to support 4G/LTE carrier aggregation and LTE Category 4 with superior peak data rates of up to 150Mb/s. Additionally, Qualcomm’s most advanced Wi-Fi for mobile, 2-stream dual-band Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac, enables wireless 4K video streaming and other media-intensive applications. With a low-power PCIe interface to the QCA6174, tablets and high-end smartphones can take advantage of faster mobile Wi-Fi performance (over 600Mb/s), extended operating range and concurrent Bluetooth connections, with minimal impact on battery life.

“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile. We are delivering the mobile industry’s first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies.

The Snapdragon 805 processor is sampling now and expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.