Qualcomm introduces QCS400 SoCs with on-device AI for smart speakers and soundbars

Qualcomm today launched the new Qualcomm QCS400 SoC series – QCS407, QCS405, QCS404 and QCS403 to help deliver highly optimized, AI-enabled solutions that are designed for smarter audio and IoT applications. Continue reading “Qualcomm introduces QCS400 SoCs with on-device AI for smart speakers and soundbars”

MWC 2019: It’s all about the IP, baby!

When you think of Mobile World Congress, the first thing that comes to mind is “New Devices!”. That is pretty much the case every year, but it is indeed a very small part of the experience. Well, if one steps outside of that bubble that is. What stands out is the sheer ingenuity on display by every single company that wants to make a mark on the minds of the over 100,000 attendees walking the show floor. So, who ends up grabbing the attention?

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Qualcomm’s Boundless XR is a clear vision of the future

The potential of 5G is immense. What we got to see at the Qualcomm booth regarding this new generation of cellular wireless technology laid down a clear path to the future. Part of that future is what Qualcomm calls “Boundless XR”. XR is short form for extended reality and it includes both virtual reality and augmented reality. So, what is “boundless”? Well, this is where Qualcomm’s expertise comes into play. Using 5G and powerful chips in smartphones, the IP-heavy company demonstrated its plans to break the XR experience from the shackles of wires and beefy computers.

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The potential of 5G ft. the only mmWave demo at MWC 2019

It’s not always that we get to see the birth of a new generation of cellular wireless technology. Sure we have been reporting about it since 2015, the murmurs started as far back as 2009 but fast forward 10 years, 5G is not a buzzword anymore, it is a reality. We have devices ready to go to market with battle tested functioning chips, the standards are in place and many nations are getting the 5G spectrum ready so that operators can deploy infrastructure. While operational difficulties are being solved at speeds we can’t imagine, it is time we take a big picture look at 5G. How is this new technology going to change our lives? Well, let’s first take a deep dive into this new technology and how it was demonstrated at the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress 2019.

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Conversations with Qualcomm – What’s next with 5G?

As with every technological leap, adoption takes time. Smart analysts use the adoption curve to predict how fast a technological advancement reaches people and how many people it reaches at a given time. We are now at the early adopter stage in 5G, it’s here but we are only at the very beginning of its inevitable spread to not just masses of people but devices as well. To understand how that’s done, read our first conversation but in this one, we are talking about the near term and long term plans. What’s next with 5G? Read on.

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Conversations with Qualcomm – How 5G became a reality in 2019

“5G is not a buzzword anymore, it is a reality. 5G is here!” is what Ignacio Contreras from Qualcomm told me when I said 5G is a big buzzword at the Mobile World Congress 2019. Truth be told, he was right. There were some 5-7 devices all primed and ready to go to market, all with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the latest 855 chip inside. So, how did it all of this happen so fast? How did Qualcomm manage to bring 5G into this world way before they said they would. And what is 5G in 2019 all about? I’ll try to explain what I could gather from my conversations with Qualcomm at MWC 2019, read on.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for wireless power announced; introduces Qi Interoperability

Qualcomm Quick Charge
At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm has announced the new Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for wireless power chargers. This expansion into wireless space includes forward and backward compatibility and helps enable high- and efficient- power transfer, for transmitter manufacturers to achieve truly fast wireless charging. Continue reading “Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for wireless power announced; introduces Qi Interoperability”

Qualcomm QCA6390 connectivity chipset with 1.8Gbps WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 announced

Qualcomm QCA6390

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the Qualcomm QCA6390 Connectivity SoC at the MWC 2019. It is aimed at providing superior Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance for mobile and computing devices. It is also the world’s first 14nm integrated SoC to support the full feature suites of both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Continue reading “Qualcomm QCA6390 connectivity chipset with 1.8Gbps WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 announced”

Qualcomm introduces 5G Reference design for Sub-6 GHz and mmWave fixed wireless broadband

Qualcomm at the MWC 2019 has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with 5G integrated into a System-on-Chip (SoC) which is based on the Snapdragon X50 and X55 5G modems and RF front-end (RFFE) solutions. It also announced its first 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) reference design for sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G fixed wireless broadband (FWB) products. Continue reading “Qualcomm introduces 5G Reference design for Sub-6 GHz and mmWave fixed wireless broadband”

Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform gets support for Alexa voice development kit

Qualcomm, back in 2017 has announced the Mesh Networking Platform to provide customers with support for smart devices into their homes. The company has expanded its ability with the introduction of the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Development Kit for Amazon AVS. Continue reading “Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform gets support for Alexa voice development kit”

Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 7nm 5G modem with 7Gbps download speeds announced

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which is the company’s second-generation 5G New Radio (NR) modem. The Snapdragon X55 is a 7-nanometer single-chip integrated 5G to a 2G multimode modem that supports 5G NR mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum bands with up to 7Gbps download speeds and 3Gbps upload speeds over 5G, and Category 22 LTE with up to 2.5 Gbps LTE download speeds. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 7nm 5G modem with 7Gbps download speeds announced”

Qualcomm said to be testing QM215 SoC for Android Go phones

Qualcomm is said to be working on a new super low-end QM215 SoC that is likely targeted at the new generation Android Go smartphones. Meaning the SoC should be found on devices with 1/2GB RAM and 8/16GB storage with HD+ display. It is also possible this could be outside of Snapdragon range and a start of new series.  Continue reading “Qualcomm said to be testing QM215 SoC for Android Go phones”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 10nm Mobile Platform brings 10% performance improvement across gaming, browsing and more

Qualcomm has announced  Snapdragon 712, the company’s latest SoC in the new 700 series and the successor of Snapdragon 710 that was introduced last year. It is built on the same power-efficient 10nm process technology, is based on Kryo 360 architecture and has Adreno 616 GPU, however the company promises 10% performance uplift across gaming, web browsing and more since the CPU is clocked up to 2.3GHz compared to up to 2.2GHz in the predecessor. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 10nm Mobile Platform brings 10% performance improvement across gaming, browsing and more”

Apple wanted to use Qualcomm modems on iPhone XS and iPhone XR, but was refused

Apple

According to Apple’s operating chief COO Jeff Williams testimony in the ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, the company wanted to use Qualcomm’s 4G LTE modems in its newest iPhones, but the chipmaker wouldn’t sell to it. This had a major effect on how quickly Apple can make the shift to 5G.  Continue reading “Apple wanted to use Qualcomm modems on iPhone XS and iPhone XR, but was refused”

Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem to power more than 30 devices in 2019

Snapdragon x50 Modem

Qualcomm Technologies has mentioned that it is witnessing strong 5G device momentum with more than 30 5G design-wins of which, the majority are smartphones, from global OEMs which are powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem to power more than 30 devices in 2019”