Aside from Snapdragon 845, new Snapdragon 835-based Windows 10 PCs, and its partnership with AMD, there is also another interesting announcement that Qualcomm has made during its recent Tech Summit in Hawaii. It comes in the form of a USB Type-C Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) called Aqstic AQT1000.
Sound quality from the AQT1000 is promised to be pretty good. It can stream music at 32bit, has a dynamic range of 123 decibels and comes with native DSD (direct stream digital). Furthermore, the AQT1000 features built-in active noise control, and also supports binaural recording for 3D stereo audio clips.
However, the DAC is not for the consumers directly, but will be offered to manufacturers in 2018 as part of their sales package. This solution is the company’s first external DAC dongle as they are already in the business of producing built-in DACs for smartphones.
(Source: Qualcomm – presentation slide in PDF format)