Mobile Multimedia Optimization (Hexagon SDK)

A product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Efficient processing is critical to implementing rich multimedia experiences on mobile devices as it impacts manufacturing costs, power consumption, and the ability to deliver the advanced performance consumers crave. The Hexagon™ SDK is designed to enable device manufacturers and independent software providers to optimize the features and performance of multimedia software. These optimizations help enable audio, imaging, embedded vision and heterogeneous computing acceleration on the Hexagon DSP embedded in Snapdragon 200 and 800 processor platforms to create compelling multimedia user experiences by enabling improvements in the power dissipation and performance of audio, imaging embedded vision, video and computationally intensive applications.  

The Hexagon SDK is a software development kit that enables embedded developers to access embedded computing resources on the Hexagon DSP. Using the Hexagon SDK, cutting-edge developers with expertise working in native programming environments can tap into world-class, hardware-enabled multimedia features to deliver premium, interactive user experiences in less time -- in weeks instead of the typical six-to-nine months required for this level of functionality when using source code modification. The SDK is designed to help ensure multimedia processing efficiency, which means increased fluidity, low latency, and superior app performance. It can also help you overcome development hurdles such as lack of battery and insufficient processing power. The Hexagon SDK is also designed to enable high computational burdens on the CPU to be off-loaded into a heterogeneous computing environment with the use of shared remote code objects. 

Features developed on the Hexagon DSP have been deployed by a broad OEM ecosystem that extends to device and consumer product manufacturers for things like tablets, HD TVs, and automotive. This makes it possible to port your app from phones to other devices. And because compelling multimedia apps offer important product differentiation for devices, they appeal to device manufacturers’ need for a competitive edge.

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Hexagon SDK in Action

The zero write-back delay on QDSP means that many audio-type algorithms in Audyssey’s optimization, such as smoothers, biquads and other filters with loop-carried dependencies, run about twice as fast as on other implementations.

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