Dalla consueta presentazione alle Hawaii, Qualcomm ha svelato il suo nuovo SoC top di gamma, che troveremo a bordo di tutti i dispositivi più potenti del 2019: lo Snapdragon 855. A scanso di equivoci: sì, il nome commerciale è proprio Snapdragon 855, e non Snapdragon 8150 come precedentemente trapelato (8150 sarebbe solo una sigla per uso interno).
Lo Snapdragon 855 è stato presentato prima di tutto come il primo SoC con una certa attenzione al 5G: nonostante questa tecnologia ci metterà ancora qualche anno prima di diffondersi capillarmente, siamo ufficialmente entrati nella fase in cui le aziende si preparano all’avvento del nuovo standard. Lo Snapdragon 855, infatti, sarà il primo chip commerciale con supporto al multi-gigabit 5G e, dal palco delle Hawaii, Samsung ha annunciato che nella prima metà del prossimo anno lancerà negli Stati Uniti il primo smartphone con supporto alle reti 5G (qualcuni ha detto Galaxy S10?). Oltre l’azienda coreana, Qualcomm ha annunciato che 18 aziende adotteranno il nuovo chip, tra cui Google, Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Sony e tanti altri.
Tra le altre importanti novità, il nuovo SoC triplicherà le performance delle operazioni di Intelligenza Artificiale. Tra gli altri aspetti, ne beneficerà la fotocamera: grazie ai miglioramenti della computer vision, possiamo aspettarci miglioramenti nelle foto notturne e riconoscimento automatico dei soggetti degli scatti.
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Inoltre, il chip di Qualcomm gode di un’ottimizzazione per i videogiochi, grazie ad una nuova piattaforma chiamata Snapdragon Elite Gaming, di cui però non sono stati annunciati i dettagli.
Dulcis in fundo, con lo Snapdragon 855 probabilmente i lettori di impronte sotto il display diventeranno uno standard: Qualcomm, infatti, ha svelato il 3D Sonic Sensor, nuovo brand per il lettore di impronte ad ultrasuoni dell’azienda, che promette di funzionare anche con display sporchi o protetti da pellicole.
Come era stato largamente anticipato, lo Snapdragon 855 è realizzato da TSMC con processo costruttivo a 7 nanometri; secondo quanto precedentemente riportato, il chip ha architettura octa-core (4 core a risparmio energetico con clock a 1,78 GHz, e 4 core orientati alle performance, di cui tre con clock fino a 2,42 GHz e uno fino a 2,84 Ghz). La GPU dovrebbe essere una Adreno 640 e la connettività sarà affidata al modem Snapdragon X24 LTE, a cui si aggiunge lo Snapdragon X50, per il supporto al 5G. Di seguito il comunicato stampa dell’azienda (in inglese).
Qualcomm, Global Mobile Operators and OEMs Usher in a Decade of Multi-Gigabit 5G Connectivity with First Live 5G Networks and Devices in Hawaii
- Snapdragon 855 Unveiled as the First Commercial 5G Mobile Platform to Enable Commercial 5G Networks and Mobile Devices in Early 2019 —
Hawaii — December 4, 2018 — During the first day of the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), brought together global mobile operators AT&T, EE, Telstra and Verizon; global infrastructure provider Ericsson; global network infrastructure and mobile device leader Samsung; and device makers Motorola, NETGEAR and Inseego, to introduce the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform. The companies showcased live 5G networks and mobile devices to usher in a new era of multi-gigabit connectivity powered by 5G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi– a truly end-to-end experience featuring devices, experiences and networks. These landmark achievements are the result of Qualcomm mobile leadership and breakthrough inventions over decades, leading the world to 3G, 4G and now 5G by driving an end-to-end system approach that spans from research and development to commercialization through a series of essential inventions and industry-first prototypes, demos, trials, chipsets and mobile platforms.
During a keynote address, Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated, discussed the progress and leadership Qualcomm Technologies has shown on the path to commercialization of 5G. He described how 5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019 with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China. Amon also reviewed how Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to propel 5G deployments with the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family and Qualcomm® QTM052 mmWave antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements — helping OEMs address the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with 5G in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands.
“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,” said Amon. “Together we are demonstrating our role in transforming the mobile industry and enriching consumer experiences with 5G mobile devices on live 5G networks at this year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit.”
Amon was then joined on stage by senior executives from global mobile operators AT&T, EE and Verizon, who discussed in more detail their 5G deployment plans. Nicki Palmer, chief network engineering officer at Verizon, discussed Verizon’s 5G strategy and the importance of collaboration in making 5G a reality; Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, wireless product marketing at AT&T, highlighted 5G commercialization along with the industries & key consumer experiences that will drive demand for the next generation mobile network; Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G at BT Group, discussed how 5G will roll out across the UK in 2019, address challenges that LTE currently faces and introduce new customer experiences. Additionally, at the event, Qualcomm Technologies, AT&T and Verizon turned on live millimeter wave 5G networks and showcased a number of 5G consumer experiences powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and RF subsystem. Telstra is scheduled to share an exciting 5G update during the second day of the summit.
“Over the last several years AT&T, Qualcomm Technologies and others have worked closely to accelerate the standardization and commercialization of the 5G NR network in a growing number of cities across the U.S. As the first to establish a 5G data connection and with plans to offer first true mobile 5G connectivity for businesses and consumers, our leadership doesn’t happen without close coordination with technology leaders like Qualcomm Technologies, NETGEAR and Ericsson,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, AT&T.
“We are focused on bringing the benefits of 5G NR networks for our business and consumer customers in the UK. In conjunction with Qualcomm Technologies, we have tested many of the underlying technologies that will be used to deliver 5G,” said Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G, BT Group. “We are eagerly anticipating 5G mobile devices featuring the new Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 arriving here along with the rollout of our 5G network in 2019.”
“At Samsung, we have a vision of a connected world powered by 5G that will benefit consumers, communities, industries and governments,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “5G will fuel collaboration, connectivity and productivity worldwide, and we’re excited to be at the forefront working alongside partners like Qualcomm Technologies to make the transformation to 5G a reality.”
“Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies were first in the world to deploy Gigabit LTE technologies and at that time, we showcased the experiences made possible with blazing fast LTE. Working with mobile industry leaders Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, we also recently achieved Australia’s first live 5G connection using a mobile test device powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, on our network. 5G will provide improved performance and data rates opening a range of new use cases for our consumer and enterprise customers, and we look forward to making it commercially available for Australians in 2019,” said Channa Seneviratne, network engineering executive, Telstra.+
“Through our close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Verizon reached a number of milestones over the last year to help make 5G a reality for consumers in 2019,” said Nicki Palmer, chief network engineering officer, Verizon. “Our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and other key ecosystem players has allowed Verizon to work closely with OEMs to integrate 5G technology into their new mobile devices, including the moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod – the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone – that Verizon and Motorola announced in August.”
Tease of the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 855
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled at the event the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices. Snapdragon 855 delivers highly intuitive on-device AI experiences – driven by our 4th-generation, multi-core Qualcomm® AI Engine, with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform. It also features the world’s first Computer Vision (CV) ISP to enable cutting-edge computational photography and video capture features. The platform also delivers the Snapdragon Elite Gaming, bringing next level gaming experiences to premium mobile devices. Katouzian also announced Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Sensor, the world’s first commercial ultrasonic fingerprint solution supported under the display. This is the only mobile solution that can accurately detect fingerprints through numerous contaminants. Furthermore, this technology enables sleek, cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy.
During the event, Justin Denison, senior vice president of mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America, discussed the company’s commitment to 5G, including bringing the first flagship 5G smartphone to the U.S. in the first half of 2019 using the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the 5G X50 modem.
This year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes are being livestreamed daily Dec 4, 5 and 6 at 9:00 a.m. HST daily (11:00 a.m. PST / 2:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. GMT at www.qualcomm.com/snapdragontechsummit. Stay tuned to the Qualcomm Twitter handle for live updates before and during the keynotes.