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Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform expands to support gaming audio

Qualcomm augments its S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm augments its S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sound is a suite of audio tech solutions for mobile devices, slated to support next-gen features such as Bluetooth 5.4 and Hybrid Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation even in its upcoming mid-tier S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform. Now, the OEM has announced that it will have variants specifically optimized for devices such as gaming dongles with "ultra-low latency" and chat-boosting features.

Qualcomm's S5 and S3 Gen 2 Sound Platforms are the latest iterations of Snapdragon Sound, improving on their predecessors by supporting updated audio features such as Hybrid Adaptive ANC and Bluetooth 5.4 as well as aptX Adaptive and cVc Echo Cancelling with Noise Suppression (ECNS) technology.

They are found in the latest QCC-series modules for headsets and earbuds. Now, Qualcomm has announced that they have also been adapted for gaming devices in a way backed to deliver ultra-responsive audio and gaming-focused voice enhancements.

This further variation of Snapdragon Sound also integrates "the best of" Bluetooth low-energy (LE) Audio to bring latency down to 20 milliseconds (ms) or less. The features are found in specific versions of the QCC308x-series and QCC5181 packages, as well as a specific back-channel geared for chatting in-game.

Accordingly, Qualcomm asserts that they can help build next-gen wearables or dongles that can help a user stay connected to their game with no lag or cut-outs, even if they take a break from the connected device in question.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-06-22 (Update: 2023-06-22)