Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 855 with Dual-Frequency GNSS and 5G

At Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit event in Hawaii, Dec. 4-6, the company unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Described as the world’s first commercial 5G mobile platform, it is designed to harness multi-gigabit 4G connectivity while unleashing transformative 5G experiences.

According to a Qualcomm press release, the “next-generation, on-device AI can make your voice, camera, gaming, and XR smarter, faster, and more intuitive.” That means smartphones can deliver a personalized, optimized experience, without the user needing to adjust the settings.

At the recent Summit, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, unveiled this newest generation in the 8 Mobile Platform Series, the dual frequency Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.

The latest offering from Qualcomm Technologies is the first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform supports dual-frequency GNSS, leveraging the Galileo E1/E5a signals as well as the GPS and QZSS L1/L5 signals to produce a more accurate and robust location in dense urban canyons where GNSS signals tend to be blocked or reflected, according to the European GNSS Agency (GSA.)

Using new chip architectures built on leading 7nm process technology, the Snapdragon 855 will also offer users long-lasting battery life and optimal experiences in areas such as imaging, audio, gaming and XR.

“This announcement follows the trend of implementing dual frequency in consumer platforms to achieve new levels of location performance,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, in a GSA press release. “Combining high accuracy of location with 5G connectivity is a major milestone and we are proud that Galileo and its E1/E5 signals are part of this revolution.”

“Accurate and reliable position location is of utmost importance to the mobile experience,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies continues to help improve consumers’ experiences with location-based services by adding dual-frequency GNSS support to the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.”

Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies introduced a number of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) capable automotive chipsets for Europe’s eCall system, the emergency response location initiative now mandatory in all new vehicle types sold in Europe. With most of its chipsets capable of receiving and using Galileo signals, Qualcomm is the world’s largest chipset manufacturer of Galileo-enabled receivers.

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