At the The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 2015), Qualcomm has taken the wraps of their upcoming GPU range, the Adreno 510 and 530, showing what they have and announcing more on when we’ll see the graphics processors arrive in the market.
The Adreno 530 and 510 will be incorporated into upcoming Snapdragon chipsets, with the Adreno 530 and 510 being used in the upcoming Snapdragon 820, and the Snapdragon 620/618 processors respectively. The bad news for those expecting to see a Snapdragon 820 powered Nexus phone later this year, is that Qualcomm has announced that the Snapdragon 820 won’t be in the market until the first half of 2016.
The Adreno 5xx series processors are the successors to the Adreno 4xx series with Qualcomm advising the Adreno 530 is 40% faster and more power efficient than the current higher end GPU in the Qualcomm range, the Adreno 430. This is most likely attributed to a drop to the 14nm manufacturing process from the current 20nm process for the current gen Snapdragon SoCs.
The Adreno 5xx series GPUs will also offer better video performance with ‘up to 4K HEVC video support at 60fps over HDMI 2.0 to Rec. 2020 ultra-high definition (UHD) displays and TVs’.
The Snapdragon 820 will continue to us the Qualcomm Spectra ISP which allows for advanced imaging, though Qualcomm will take it to the new levels with support for more natural skin tones using advanced 14-bit dual ISPs. The Spectra ISP will also allow support for up to three simultaneous cameras, with up to 25MP at 30fps with 0 shutter lag.
The Qualcomm announcement looks to be quite interesting, though we will certainly want more details on the release of the Snapdragon 820 – though it looks fast. The Adreno 530 looks to be very fast and the 510 should offer mid-high range devices a big bump in performance as well. We’ll see more on real world performance when they hit the market early next year.