Qualcomm expands S3 Gen 2 sound platform with ultra-low 20 ms latency

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Qualcomm announced it is expanding the S3 Gen 2 Sound with optimized latency that goes below 20 ms for “lag-free gaming audio.” Manufacturers can also utilize the platform to add Auracast broadcast audio functionality to dongles and adapters with source devices such as phones, laptops, and TVs.

Qualcomm expands S3 Gen 2 sound platform with ultra-low 20 ms latency

The enhanced solution is optimized for gaming, revealed the official press release. It is a combination of Snapdragon Sound and LE Audio. It delivers “ultra-low latency of 20 less than 20 ms”, and it can get even further reduced with the source device delivering game audio only. Music listeners can enjoy 24-bit 96 kHz high-res Bluetooth streaming, enabled through the support of Snapdragon Sound and aptX Adaptive audio.

Mike Canevaro, director, marketing, and head of Snapdragon Sound at Qualcomm, said the company knows from its annual State of Sound survey that consumers want lag-free audio for gaming and immersive wireless audio experience. The new platform has been optimized to provide this on a smartphone and not just through proprietary gaming solutions.

The press release also states that headsets and earbuds that support Qualcomm S5 and S3 Gen 2 technology will deliver robust connectivity and dynamic latency adaptation. This means gamers will be able to walk away from their consoles or PCs and still hear all the action in real-time with no audio interruptions.

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