Over the weekend news surfaced about the previously announced Snapdragon 802 smart TV chip being cancelled by Qualcomm, which comes just 5 weeks after its confirmation. This could be down to the limited demand for smart TV SoCs, as this has been lower than initially expected.
It was only last month when Qualcomm announced a smart TV-oriented chip known as the Snapdragon 802 at this year’s CES, but in a recent brief press release Qualcomm confirmed that this has indeed been cancelled. Documented on the Arstechnica website we get the impression there is not a big call for this as Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Public Relations, Jon Carvill discusses how the overall demand for processors specifically designed for smart TVs has not been as high as they anticipated, although he does mention that this will not have any effect on shipments of current products from the company.
The Snapdragon 802 chip would have been a close relative to the 805 and 800 in which Qualcomm sells for use in tablets and smartphones. Based on Qualcomm’s Krait architecture with a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU as well as an integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The 802 was also expected to contain an Adreno 330 GPU with extensive support for 4K video, although this would have been similar to other offerings by Qualcomm, giving some reason to question whether there is any real need for it in the first place.
This cancelation has come as a surprise considering how long it takes to develop these chips, with estimated times exceeding two to three years.