Last January 6 Qualcomm announced that it will be releasing a new type of processor called the Snapdragon 802 which is aimed at smart TVs, smart set-top boxes, and smart digital media adapters. The fully integrated system-in-chip is designed to provide an Ultra HD resolution that’s capable of providing console quality gaming and can even simultaneously playback up to four HD videos on the same TV.
The company announced this new processor by saying that “In addition to offering our expertise in the smartphone space, we also are introducing capabilities specific to the smart TV space, which enable our customers to redefine the smart TV category by combining the best of both TV and smartphone experiences. Combining the efficient integration of our Snapdragon processing and connectivity components with Qualcomm Technologies’ demonstrated expertise in Android will enable the ultimate home entertainment experience with compelling new ways to watch, play and interact.”
A recent update released by the company states that the Snapdragon 802 won’t be commercially available. The company cites lack of demand as one of the main reasons for cancelling this product.
Jon Cavill, Senior Director for Public Relations, announced that “Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has decided not to commercialize the recently announced Snapdragon 802 processor as the overall demand for processors uniquely designed for smart TVs has proven to be smaller than anticipated. This decision is specific to the Snapdragon 802 processor and does not affect other products we are currently shipping in this segment.”
The Snapdragon 802 belongs to the same family as the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 805, offering a powerful solution to some of the most demanding systems. The Snapdragon 802 uses a quad core Krait 1.8 GHz CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU. It has Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound support and has dual band Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac wireless connectivity.
The chip was supposed to be making its way to manufacturers early this year with products powered by the chip expected to hit the market later this year.