Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform to Power Next-Generation Immersive Experiences

Qualcomm Technologies’ First 10nm System-on-Chip to Provide World-Class Performance and Enhanced Power Efficiency

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LAS VEGAS — January 3, 2017 – At CES® 2017 today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:

QCOM) announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the
Company’s newest premium-tier mobile platform, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor
with X16 LTE. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the first mobile platform to be commercially
manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node, allowing for breakthrough performance and
superior power efficiency. The Snapdragon 835 is designed to support next-generation
entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer and
enterprise devices, including smartphones, VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras, tablets,
mobile PCs and other devices running a variety of OS’s including Android and Windows 10 with
support for legacy Win32 apps.

Key components of the Snapdragon 835 processor include an integrated X16 LTE modem for
Gigabit Class LTE connectivity, integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 5, and
optional 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity. Improved processing power and performance is
supported with our new Qualcomm® Kryo™ 280 CPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 682 DSP,
which includes support for TensorFlow for machine learning and Halide for image processing.
The Snapdragon 835 also includes substantial enhancements to the Qualcomm® Adreno™
visual processing subsystem, including the new Adreno 540 GPU and Qualcomm Spectra™ 180
image sensor processor (ISP) for next-generation camera capabilities. Also new in Snapdragon
835 is the Qualcomm Haven™ security platform with enhanced security for biometrics and
device attestation.

Snapdragon 835

“Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of
mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity while supporting a variety of thin and light
mobile designs,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,
and president, QCT. “The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration
that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with
gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences.”

The improvements available with the Snapdragon 835 powers can be summarized across five
key technology pillars underpinned with a foundation of enhanced machine learning. The five
technology pillars are:

  • Battery life: The Snapdragon 835 is 35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25
    percent less power compared to our previous generation flagship processor, which
    equates to longer battery life and thinner designs. The Kryo 280 CPU provides a highly
    efficient architecture for power, while the integrated Hexagon 682 DSP adds support for
    TensorFlow and Halide frameworks. The combination of the CPU, GPU, DSP and
    software framework support in the Snapdragon 835 offers a highly-capable
    heterogeneous compute platform. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 is equipped with
    Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 for up to 20 percent faster charging and up to 30 percent
    higher efficiency than Quick Charge 3.0;

  • Immersion: The Snapdragon 835 is designed to simultaneously meet the high
    performance demands, thermal limits and power efficiency constraints of the next
    generation virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) designs, and supports Daydream,
    Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. Many improvements were made to
    enhance visual quality, sound quality and intuitive interactions. Such improvements
    include up to a 25 percent increase in 3-D graphics rendering performance and support of
    up to 60 times more colors with the Adreno 540 visual processing subsystem.
    Snapdragon 835 also supports 4K Ultra HD premium (HDR10) video, wide color gamut
    10-bit displays, object and scene-based 3D audio, and outstanding VR/AR motion
    tracking that includes our own sensor fusion-based six degrees of freedom (6DoF);

  • Capture: The Snapdragon 835 enhances both still and video capture experience with
    smooth optical zoom capabilities, fast auto-focus technologies and HDR true-to-life
    colors with perceptual quantization video encoding. At the core of the capture experience
    is the Qualcomm Spectra 180 camera ISP, featuring dual 14-bit ISPs that will enable up
    to 32MP single or dual 16MP cameras for the ultimate photography and videography

  • Connectivity: The Snapdragon 835 comes with an integrated X16 Gigabit-Class LTE
    modem, with integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave-2 and 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, making
    it the first commercial processor equipped to deliver Gigabit-Class connectivity at home
    and on the go. With several Gigabit LTE networks expected to be rolled out around the
    globe in 2017 and increasing use of 802.11ad, the Snapdragon 835 is designed to
    empower a new generation of connected experiences in the areas of VR/AR, infinite
    cloud storage, rich entertainment and instant apps;

  • Security: The Qualcomm Haven security platform provides support for fingerprint, eye
    and face-based biometrics. It also includes hardware-based user authentication, device
    attestation, and device security for use cases such as mobile payments, enterprise access,
    and users’ personal data;

  • Pillars bolstered by machine learning: Upgrades to the Snapdragon Neural Processing
    Engine software framework include support for Google’s TensorFlow and enhancements
    to Hexagon DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtentions (HVX), including custom neural
    network-layer support, and power and performance optimizations on Snapdragon
    heterogeneous cores. OEMs and software developers using machine learning can now
    enable rich experiences such as intelligent photography, strong security and privacy
    protection, smart automobiles and personal assistants, and responsive and true-to-life VR
    and AR.

Snapdragon 820 & 835

The Snapdragon 835 features:

  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four
    efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz;

  • an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE download
    speeds up to one gigabit per-second, and Category 13 LTE upload speeds up to 150
    megabits per-second;

  • integrated 2×2 11ac MU-MIMO with up to 50 percent reduction in size and up to 60
    percent reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 820;

  • 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, offering up to 4.6 gigabits per-second peak speed;
  • the world’s first certified Bluetooth 5 commercial technology offering up to two megabits
    per-second speed and a suite of features that enable many new use cases. Bluetooth, FM
    radio,Wi-Fi and RF offered through companion WCN3990 solution);

  • Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DX12;
  • Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX;
  • Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API;
  • dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz;
  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS
    systems, which in combination with LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity to provide
    “always-on” location and context awareness;

  • up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual-camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14
    bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF),
    Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR
    video recording;

  • 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps,
    support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC);

  • maximum On-Device and External Display Support including Ultra HD Premium™
    ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth;

  • Quick Charge 4 technology;
  • the Snapdragon security platform including the Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware
    and software and the Qualcomm Haven security suite;

  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec combined with Snapdragon 835 supports an
    audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz support with an SNR at 115dB and ultra-low 105dB THD+N and native DSD hi-fi audio playback. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835
    supports Qualcomm® aptX™ and aptX HD Bluetooth audio with 2x improved power for
    wireless connectivity;

  • manufactured on 10nm FinFET technology.

The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the
first half of 2017.