Qualcomm Acquires SoftMax
Today Qualcomm announced that it has agreed to buy SoftMax for an undisclosed sum. SoftMax designs noise reduction technology, specifically echo cancellation, signal separation and signal processing. Its algorithms help improve voice quality and separate it from background noise during phone calls. With this purchase Qualcomm will be able to incorporate this technology into its own chip designs.
Qualcomm Debuts Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Tech
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Sense ID, a new fingerprint scanning technology that makes a 3D map of a fingerprint using ultrasonic technology. It's designed to integrate into phone bezels.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.
Qualcomm Says Support for aptX HD Accelerating
Qualcomm today said more than 55 consumer products now include support for aptX HD, its high-quality Bluetooth audio codec. The aptX HD codec supports 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth and improves the signal-to-noise ratio, which results in lower background noise.
LeTV Max Pro Calls Dibs On Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Chip
LeTV today announced the Max Pro, the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. In addition to Qualcomm's flagship chip, the Max Pro takes advantage of 802.11ad 60 GHz WiFi from Qualcomm and Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint technology.
Qualcomm Talks Up Hexagon 680 Digital Signal Processor
Qualcomm today shared more information about the Hexagon 680 digital signal processor, a component that will be part of the forthcoming Snapdragon 820 application processor. Qualcomm says it relies on DSPs to offload some tasks from the main CPU in order to save power.
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