Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with Adreno 530 and Spectra ISP unit

Qualcomm has announced it next gen GPU (graphics processing unit) architecture, Adreno 5xx and a new Spectra image signal processing unit (ISP). The new Qualcomm 5xx GPU offers increased speed and efficiency as compared to the previous generation, supports HD mobile graphics and consumes less power.

The first two GPU available under the new architecture are the Adreno 530 and Adreno 510 and will be available within the forthcoming Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 620/618 processors accordingly. In addition the Snapdragon 820 chipset will debut with the new 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit. It is designed to support DSLR-quality photography and enhanced computer vision.

Highlights of Adreno 530 GPU
  • Up to 40 percent lower power consumption and 40 percent faster performance for both graphics and GPGPU compute when compared to the Adreno 430;
  • Leading-edge capabilities in graphics and compute APIs including OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP (Android Extension Pack), Renderscript, as well as the new OpenCL 2.0 and Vulkan standards. Vulkan minimizes driver overhead and enables multi-threaded performance on mobile and embedded platforms; 
  • Support for 64-bit virtual addressing, allowing for shared virtual memory (SVM) and efficient co-processing with 64 bit CPUs;
  • Improved fine-grain power management, new rendering, compositing and compression techniques to enable higher performance at lower power consumption and reduced DRAM bandwidth;
  • Up to 4K HEVC video support at 60fps over HDMI 2.0 to Rec. 2020 ultra-high definition (UHD) displays and TVs;
  • Improved Qualcomm EcoPix and TruPalette support for longer battery life and superior pixel quality
Highlights of Qualcomm Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit
  • Superior image quality, with more natural skin tones via advanced, 14-bit dual ISPs supporting up to 3 simultaneous cameras (e.g. one facing the user, and two rear facing), and up to 25 megapixels at 30 frames per-second with zero shutter lag;
  • Improved photos with Qualcomm Spectra ISP’s flexible hybrid autofocus framework and multi-sensor fusion algorithms supporting next generation computational photography;
  • Improved power efficiency when compared to previous generations, better noise immunity and higher throughput via advanced compression techniques and use of the latest MIPI serial C-PHY interface;
  • Next generation Computer Vision and other use cases via direct-to-DSP raw bayer data streaming and pre-processing capabilities.
Qualcomm also announced that Snapdragon 820 based devices featuring Adreno 530 are expected to be available in the first half of 2016.


Kaiser Bey
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with Adreno 530 and Spectra ISP unit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with Adreno 530 and Spectra ISP unit Reviewed by Kaiser on 8/13/2015 06:26:00 AM
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