Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.
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Qualcomm launched a new Snapdragon G3x microchip on Wednesday for handheld consoles in an indication of gaming’s rising significance for semiconductor corporations.
The announcement reveals Qualcomm desires a chunk of the recent gaming market, the place AMD and Nvidia, which energy game consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, are seeing large development.
The chip will debut in a transportable developer machine made by Razer, a gaming peripheral and pc firm. The console resembles a Nintendo Switch however runs Android video games. It has a 6.65-inch display screen and a built-in controller
Qualcomm is the largest provider of chips on the coronary heart of Android telephones made by corporations akin to Samsung and Xiaomi. Qualcomm reported $7.7 billion in chip gross sales in its fiscal 2021, of which 60% have been for handsets.
Gaming purposes are more and more a promoting level for high-end cell chips as a result of superior video games can reap the benefits of elevated energy to supply extra real looking and smoother gameplay.
Producing chips for game console makers has develop into a profitable enterprise for different semiconductor corporations.
AMD, for instance, makes the processor on the middle of consoles just like the Sony Playstation 5 and Microsoft Series X, and the corporate mentioned that sturdy demand for gaming consoles contributed to higher-than-expected income final quarter. AMD can be offering the processor for the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console anticipated to debut subsequent yr.
Nvidia makes the processor on the coronary heart of the Nintendo Switch, which has bought over 92 million models because it debuted in 2016.
Razer’s product is a builders equipment supposed for game makers and programmers, but it surely’s more likely to resemble forthcoming industrial merchandise from Qualcomm prospects. It supplies a preview of the applied sciences that Qualcomm will help on next-generation transportable gaming consoles, like 5G connections, a webcam for streaming and different options the Nintendo Switch does not at present provide.