The consumer electronics industry is ever evolving, and in that respect, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 and 600 are already ancient history. The US semiconductor manufacturer is well-aware of that fact and has just introduced their successors, the Snapdragon 410E and Snapdragon 600E. However, unlike their mobile predecessors, the new chips are designed for “embedded devices”, as the company says which is basically just fancy industry talk for Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets.
Qualcomm is doubling down on its presence in the Internet of Things market with the Snapdragon 600E and 410E processors, a nebulous industry that encompasses essentially any vehicle, building, appliance, or otherwise that’s able to transfer data (think “smart homes”). There’s plenty in the way of pecuniary motivation — some analysts project will grow to more than $883 billion by 2022, up from about $130 billion in 2015.
This time around, Qualcomm has added a wrinkle to its launch: for the first time ever, the company is making Snapdragon processors available through third-party distributors. It’s kicking things off with Arrow Electronics, but will expand to other distributors as time goes on. Qualcomm says the move should help it make enough processors available to the many manufacturers of embedded and Internet of Things products.
“The introduction of Snapdragon 600E and 410E offers a broad range of product options,” David West, senior vice president at Arrow Electronics said in a statement. “Arrow looks forward to offering Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon processors and complementing them with the full range of parts and engineering services we can offer to help customers through commercialization.”
The Snapdragon 410E is a 1.2Ghz quad-core system-on-chip (SoC) with an Adreno 306 GPU, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and support for 802.11 b/g/n specifications for wireless local area networks (WLANs). The 600E model is a obviously bit more powerful and versatile, boasting a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600E is ideally suited for use cases across storage and HDMI-connected devices, while the 410E is designed for smart homes, digital signage, and other products.
Chances are you won’t find yourself buying a product packing a 600E or 410E — Qualcomm said they’re intended strictly for “industrial” applications. But you’re more than likely to come into contact with products that do contain them. The company’s hopes to see the chips embedded in a range of electronics from “digital signage, set-top boxes, [and] medical imaging” to “point-of-sale systems [and] industrial robotics.”
Source: Phone Arena