With the different developments we are seeing at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, we can predict that the electronics industry will be making a real blow this year. The Las Vegas show which has been going on for some days has really been full of many new surprises, ranging from gadget releases to car electronics releases. The mobile phone industry may have been releasing some sleek devices, but the car tech industry has given us a hint that it will also be a very hot technology niche this year.
Volvo and Eriksson have announced their partnership in a bid to jointly develop autonomous and driverless cars and Ford also did bring its update for the Sync platform; Nvidia, the renowned graphics processor maker also revealed its new computer that helps improve self-driving cars. Qualcomm the respected Smartphone chip maker has now decided to join the queue of makers releasing different improvements to their products. Qualcomm jumped into the fray when it announced the Snapdragon 820A chipset that is made, not for Smartphones but for automobiles.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset comes with some improvements in performance, and the company said that the 820A is a version of the 820 chipset that is for automobiles. Some improvements that have come with the Snapdragon 820 chipset are the 64-bit KRYO CPU, Adreno 530 GPU and it also comes with LTE speed of over 600 Mbps. All car makers will have the chance to take advantage of the Zeroth machine intelligence as this will make it possible for them to build any infotainment and navigation platforms they need; and with this processor in use, they will be having smarter results that are solely based on the input of the user over a period of time. Graphics processor maker, Nvidia, has released many teasers and it has been promising that the PX 2 computer car is likely to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A.
Indeed, this comes as a big development if we consider that the last time Qualcomm released a chipset for cars was in 2014 when it released the Snapdragon 620A. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A will be supporting QNX, Carplay and Android Auto platforms. Qualcomm also stated that any car maker who uses this processor will not only be getting a better experience, they will also be able to send any feature updates for hardware and software over the air. The company also stated that the Snapdragon 820A will not be working for only the in-car infotainment features, it will also be able to power driver assistance, vehicle detection, front collision warnings, lane departure warnings and traffic sign recognition with the aid of the always-on sensors in smarter cars. The chipset comes with quality image processors that support four to eight automotive camera sensors that can be simultaneously connected.
Qualcomm has been planning to ship out samples of its new chipset to car makers round the world over the next few months, so even if we are to see this new chipset in cars, the earliest bet could be around December 2016.