Qualcomm, the maker of the wildly popular Snapdragon processor chip, today announced a new chip for smart TVs and set-top boxes. The new chip is called the Snapdragon S4 (MPQ8064), and it features a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU. It will be featured in Lenovo’s K91 Smart TV, which is billed as “the world’s first smart TV running on the Android 4.0 operating system.” The K91 arrives to market sometime this year.
The Snapdragon S4 and “smart TV” concept is supposed to help improve user experience by keeping consumers continuously connected to their favorite devices, content and apps. Soon folks will be able to watch real-time Internet video, multi-player online gaming and local content on both the television and other screens in the home.
“Consumers demand a seamless experience across all screens, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and televisions,” said Raj Talluri, vice president of product management for Qualcomm. “Having Snapdragon processors power smart TVs and digital media adapters is a natural extension of our leadership in mobile and computing technologies into the connected home.”
The smart TV platform lets users create a connected environment for their phone to interact with their TV, an experience that will someday be seamless.