Qualcomm has been a pioneer in wireless and media technology. The San Diego, CA-based company on Wednesday made a bold move, introducing two new processors for embedded applications in many verticals such as digital signage, set-top-boxes, medical imaging, point of sale systems and industrial robotics.
The new Snapdragon 600E and 410E processors is engineered for Internet of Things (IoT) related applications, a move to explore product categories beyond smartphones.
“Snapdragon is a powerful and versatile processor with many potential applications in a wide variety of IoT applications and we can now offer this technology to a much wider range of customers with the additional benefit of long-term support and availability,” said Raj Talluri, a senior vice president with Qualcomm.
He noted that the Snapdragon 600E and 410E bring together best connectivity and compute technologies to meet the needs for a large range of embedded and IoT applications.
The inclusion of these unique embedded chips provides new solutions for companies and distributors to offer off-the-shelf products. Qualcomm says the processors will be accessible in a variety of quantities to manufacturers.
The Snapdragon 600E features a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU with an Adreno 320 GPU. It also has integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and a GPS. It’s compatible with cases that support SATA, DDR memory, eMMC storage, HDMI, LVDS, HSIC and PCIe interfaces, which is more than normal people can ask for in such a tiny chip.
The 410E has a more budget-oriented approach, with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, low power consumption and Adreno 306 GPU. It’s ideal for most smart homes, digital signage, media players and other appliances like surveillance systems.
And this is not Qualcomm’s first venture into embedded computing. It is known to be the only manufacturer to have the largest number of patents in the field. With the addition of these two new processors, the company now plans to broaden its ecosystem with more capabilities, building upon its DragonBoard 410c motherboard architecture.
Currently, the new processors are in use by a variety of devices such as the Fujifilm Sonosite portable iViz ultrasound system and the Open-Q 410 Wearable Camera Reference Design from Intrinsync. For manufacturers choosing Qualcomm’s new embedded chipsets, they’re offering a minimum of 10 years of life support and availability up until 2025.