Qualcomm cancels Snapdragon 802 smart TV chip it announced 5 weeks ago

Qualcomm logoWell, that must be some kind of record. Back at CES in early January, Qualcomm announced a smart TV-oriented chip called the Snapdragon 802. Yesterday in a small, quiet press release, the company announced that the Snapdragon 802 has been canceled.

"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," wrote Jon Carvill, Qualcomm's Senior Director of Public Relations. "This decision is specific to the Snapdragon 802 processor and does not affect other products we are currently shipping in this segment."

Qualcomm cancels Snapdragon 802 smart TV chip it announced 5 weeks ago

This chip would have been a close relative to the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 805 that Qualcomm sells for use in phones and tablets—it had a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU based on Qualcomm's Krait architecture, an Adreno 330 GPU with extensive support for 4K video, and integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It may be that the chip was so similar to Qualcomm's other offerings that there would have been no need for it. Any Qualcomm-powered smart TV could probably get by with one of Qualcomm's other chips, obviating the need for a specialized product. We've contacted Qualcomm for more information about its smart TV plans and will update if we receive a response.

The quick cancellation is especially surprising given the time that these chips generally take to develop (two to three years is not uncommon). The Snapdragon 802 was scheduled to begin sampling to partners in early 2014 and shipping later this year, suggesting that a fairly significant amount of design work had already been completed. If demand was going to be this low, it's a bit odd that Qualcomm couldn't have found out about it in the research phase.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: CPUs, Qualcomm, TVs

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