Qualcomm introduced Oryon, its new high-performance custom ARM core. The chipmaker is counting on this new core to compete with Apple and impose the ARM architecture on Windows. We present to you the new features of the Qualcomm Oryon.
Oryon was showcased on Day 2 of Snapdragon Summit 2022 Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps will be available in ARM versions for Windows Qualcomm’s augmented reality and sound initiatives were also reported at the summit
This will be Qualcomm’s first custom ARM core since the original Kryo core in 2015. Since then, all Kryo cores have been custom versions of ARM’s reference Cortex cores. With Apple’s M1 lineup sparking renewed interest in custom ARM cores, particularly in the PC space, Qualcomm announced the purchase of fabless designer Nuvia in January 2021.
Nuvia was formed by a team of former Apple and Google engineers, including the lead architect of Apple’s performance cores up to SoC A13. Nuvia’s design was originally aimed at the server market, but there’s every reason to believe that Qualcomm will redirect the core to PCs, perhaps packing it into a next-gen Snapdragon 8cx processor.
Adobe will optimize its Windows applications for the ARM architecture
Photoshop will be available natively for Windows devices with Snapdragon / © Qualcomm
In anticipation of greater adoption of Snapdragon processors in Windows devices, Adobe has announced that its Creative Cloud apps will be available on ARM binaries for Windows. This measure will optimize applications such as Photoshop for ARM processors. There will therefore no longer be any need to resort to the slow binary translation technique used for x86 software.
Also, the two companies announced that Adobe’s CC applications will be optimized for Qualcomm’s specific cores, especially for artificial intelligence processing. While this is good news, there is still a long list of Windows apps, including Chrome, that still don’t have ARM binaries and require x86-ARM translation.
Furthermore, Adobe has not committed to a release schedule for ARM versions of its applications.
The Snapdragon AR2 promises more discreet AR glasses
These AR glasses almost look like ordinary glasses / © Qualcomm
As part of its “extended reality” (XR) initiatives, Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 reference platform. Different from bulky VR glasses on the market, the AR2 platform uses a combination of distributed processors around the frame to achieve a slim and sleek design, which could pass for a regular pair of glasses with a few design tweaks.
According to Qualcomm, this design not only saves 40% of PCB area, but also balances weight and delegates communication duties to a FastConnect 7800 chip that shares processing duties with the main AR processor. .
Qualcomm has announced partnerships with Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi, LG, TCL, and Niantic (Pokémon Go), among others. Not only will there be a hardware development platform but also the Snapdragon Spaces XR initiative to help developers create AR/VR content and apps optimized for Snapdragon-powered devices.
The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 shares some of the processing with a smartphone / © Qualcomm
Great news in terms of audio via Bluetooth
Finally, the Snapdragon Sound family received new generations for its mid-range and high-end processors, the Snapdragon Sound S3 Gen 2 and S5 Gen 2, respectively. Qualcomm didn’t reveal much about the differences between the processors, but did announce support for spatial audio in both.
Both platforms support head tracking for immersive audio, lossless streaming even in Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) mode, and promise low latency transmission for gamers. The company expects the first Snapdragon Sound Gen 2-equipped devices to hit stores in the second half of 2023.
These were the main announcements made during the Snapdragon Summit 2022. Which announcement interested you the most?