Qualcomm, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of smartphone processers, has announced a new chip, the snapdragon 845.
Along with the obvious improvements like improved performance better graphics, we are hearing of a new feature, the Secure Processing Unit (SPU).
Android devices have had countless vulnerabilities in just the last couple of months, giving Apple the upper hand for the past couple years. Qualcomm has set out to overcome this feat. According to Digital Trends, the SPU “is an isolated security-focused processor embedded in the Snapdragon 845 system-on-a-chip.” Biometric data like fingerprint and face scans are becoming more popular, but can be stolen more easily than before. The 845 is here to fix that by storing the data into a virtual type of “vault”. The rest of the chip stores data, too, but the SPU holds on to the important stuff.
This type of improvement can be a complete game-changer when it comes to competing with Apple’s inevitable A12 chip that will be coming out later next year.