Qualcomm has unveiled its latest chip, aimed at enhancing the gaming experience for audio devices. The new chip, an expansion of Qualcomm’s S3 Gen 2 Sound platform, is designed for dongles and adapters and boasts sub-20ms latency, along with an additional voice chat backchannel.
The expanded Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound platform combines Snapdragon Sound and LE Audio to offer “ultra-low latency of less than 20ms for seamless wireless audio with in-game chat capability.” According to Qualcomm, the chip reduces latency even further when used solely for game audio, without voice chat. Moreover, it has the potential to work with wireless charging cases that support audio transmission, making it convenient for wireless entertainment during flights.
This chip also supports the latest version of Auracast, a Bluetooth LE Audio-based broadcasting standard. Dongles and adapters utilizing Qualcomm’s platform can stream content from devices such as TVs, phones, PCs, and consoles to an unlimited number of nearby listeners. This technology can be used for assistive listening at public events, broadcasting announcements, or simply sharing music with friends in close proximity.
“With each generation of Snapdragon Sound, we have consistently reduced latencies and improved audio quality. With this latest addition to our Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound portfolio, we are delivering the ultimate wireless gaming experience,” stated Mike Canevaro, Qualcomm’s marketing director. “Our annual State of Sound survey reveals that consumers desire lag-free audio for gaming, and now we are bringing this immersive wireless audio experience to a broader audience beyond proprietary gaming solutions.”
While specific devices utilizing this extended platform have not yet been announced, Qualcomm’s reveal suggests that compatible accessories are on the horizon.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about wireless gaming experience
What is the purpose of Qualcomm’s new chip for audio devices?
Qualcomm’s new chip is designed to enhance the wireless gaming experience for audio devices by offering sub-20ms latency and supporting voice chat.
How does the chip reduce latency for wireless audio?
The chip combines Snapdragon Sound and LE Audio technologies to achieve ultra-low latency of less than 20ms, ensuring lag-free wireless audio during gaming sessions.
Can the chip be used for applications other than gaming?
Yes, the chip also supports the latest version of Auracast, a Bluetooth LE Audio-based broadcasting standard. It can be used for assistive listening at public events, broadcasting announcements, and sharing music with nearby friends.
Will the chip work with wireless charging cases?
Yes, the chip is compatible with wireless charging cases that support audio transmission. This feature allows for convenient wireless listening to in-flight entertainment, for example.
Are there any specific devices announced for this chip?
While specific devices have not been announced yet, the introduction of the chip suggests that compatible accessories will be available in the near future.