|Qualcomm adds security, battery life features to phone chips|
Dec 6 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday revealed new security
and battery life features on its latest Snapdragon 845 mobile phone processor,
a chip that customarily powers high-end Android-based phones from Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd and others.
The chips are increasingly important to Qualcomm's financial picture while its
patent licensing business is under attack from Apple Inc.
Qualcomm's latest chip features a range of improvements to help it deal with
artificial intelligence tasks like recognizing and categorizing images, Keith
Kressin, a senior vice president at the company, told Reuters in an interview.
For the first time, Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip also features physically separate
processor called a "Secure Processing Unit" for storing information like fingerprints
and iris scans, similar to technology found on Apple's iPhone. Previous Qualcomm
chips had a "trusted zone" that was not physically separate from the rest of the
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