At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Qualcomm unveiled the 10nm chip Snapdragon 835 that will enable manufacturers to produce smaller and lighter devices as well as more powerful gadgets like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality headsets.
The new 10nm processor is nearly 35 per cent smaller than its predecessor as Qualcomm has shaved 3mm off its each side. Its smaller size makes it apt to be used in things augmented reality glasses.
The first product featuring the Snapdragon 835 processor is coming courtesy of ODG’s R-8 and R-9 augmented reality glasses. The only issue is that they are still too bulky to be called glasses.
As per Qualcomm, the new processor can be used in everything ranging from smartphones to computers and the Samsung Gear VR to the Osterhout Design Group's R-8 AR smartglasses.
Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, said, “Everyone wants their phone to have a greater degree of contextual awareness and [do it] at a lower power. Relative to our previous generation [chip], 835 is better in every respect.”
The Snapdragon 835 comes integrated with X16 Gigabit Class LTE modem as well as 2X2 802.11ac Wi-Fi for ensuring fast connectivity speeds. For security, it enables fingerprint, facial recognition and iris to unlock and authenticate devices.