Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound has been launched as a brand new suite of audio applied sciences for each smartphones and audio merchandise resembling wi-fi headphones and earphones. It was initially introduced on the Qualcomm summit in December 2020. The product suite permits improved interoperability between Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset-enabled smartphones in addition to wi-fi headphones and earphones, promising higher connectivity, sound high quality, and extra options resembling lively noise cancellation (ANC) and voice communication software program. It requires each supply machine and output to assist the expertise.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound is anticipated to roll out for shopper merchandise within the coming weeks, and might be supported on Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones set to launch this 12 months. The product suite is marketed in direction of unique gear producers, together with smartphone and audio product makers. It’s provided as a single resolution for producers masking the chipset, connectivity, ANC expertise, and Bluetooth codec assist, amongst different applied sciences.
When a suitable audio product is used with a supported supply machine resembling a Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone, this may enable for the complete suite of audio applied sciences to be activated, together with the aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, ANC algorithms, Qualcomm FastConnect, and extra.
The primary producers to work with Qualcomm for Snapdragon Sound embrace Xiaomi and Japanese headphone maker Audio-Technica, and the expertise suite might be carried out on among the corporations’ upcoming merchandise. For customers, interoperability might be signified by a brand new pop-up emblem that confirms that Snapdragon Sound applied sciences are in operation. After all, it requires each the supply machine and the output machine – wi-fi headphones, earphones, and even audio system – to assist the expertise.
Key applied sciences which might be part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound suite embrace the Snapdragon 8-series chipset vary, Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 that allows quicker and extra steady Bluetooth connectivity, varied QCC sequence Bluetooth SoCs, Qualcomm Energetic Noise Cancelling expertise, the aptX Adaptive codec for high-resolution audio transmission over Bluetooth, and the Qualcomm Aqstic DAC and amplifier package deal. Producers can now license all the suite from Qualcomm for his or her merchandise. The corporate has additionally labored with Amazon Music HD to showcase and certify the listening expertise, with the hope of selling high-resolution music streaming to make higher use of the applied sciences and advantages provided by Snapdragon Sound.
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