Along with its efforts in the smartphone space, Qualcomm has been focusing on computing platforms for some time now. The brand has been introducing chipsets for laptops for the past couple of years. But it is now taking its biggest leap. Similar to Creo, a custom architecture for its Snapdragon mobile platforms, the company has now announced Orion for the Snapdragon Compute Platform.
Unfortunately, no details have been shared so far and the brand has only unveiled the branding for its new CPU for mobile computing at the upcoming Snapdragon Summit 2022 in Maui, Hawaii. Qualcomm differentiates its computing platform – including dedicated AI functionality.
Unlike a regular PC that puts the load on the CPU and GPU for AI features like background blur while handling video calls, the Snapdragon compute platform comes with a unique hexagon processor that enables several AI features like background blur, noise suppression, eye gaze correction. , and auto-framing in video calls. These are already available on the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G, which has a custom Microsoft SQ3 chipset powered by Snapdragon. In short, Qualcomm’s offerings are at the forefront of AI capabilities on Windows 11 PCs. Not to mention that Qualcomm’s expertise in the small form factors of smartphones allows it to focus on thin and fanless designs for laptops as well.
Qualcomm announced a partnership with Adobe and Citi that unlocks additional features with AI capabilities on the Snapdragon compute platform. Adobe is offering native support for more of its creative cloud applications, with Citi saying more than 70 percent of its 300,000 global users will switch to offerings powered by the Snapdragon compute platform.
Disclosure: This writer is attending the Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii at the invitation of Qualcomm India