Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the Snapdragon mobile chipsets that power most current high-end smartphones, is branching into the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market with two new industrial chips.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600E and 410E are intended for embedded applications in verticals such as digital signage, set-top-boxes, medical imaging, point of sale systems and industrial robotics. Both will be available globally by third-party distributors — initially Arrow Electronics — which marks the first time standalone Snapdragon processors are available by distributors and not the company itself.
“Snapdragon is a powerful and versatile processor with many potential applications in a wide variety of IoT applications and we can now offer this technology to a much wider range of customers with the additional benefit of long-term support and availability,” said Qualcomm Technologies senior vice president of product management Raj Talluri in a statement.
The 600E is best suited to advanced systems requiring multi-core performance and 3D graphics processing, featuring a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU. Meanwhile, the 410E 1.2GHz quad-core processor is more focused on low power consumption, featuring an Adreno 306 GPU for multimedia processing.