Tag: modem

Samsung debuts Galaxy S11-ready 5G Exynos Modem 5123 and Exynos 990 SoC

Just last month, Samsung introduced the Exynos 980 system-on-chip (SoC), combining a CPU, GPU, and 5G modem onto a single energy-efficient die for midrange-premium phones. Now the company is announcing a “premium” alternative named Exynos 990, alongside a separate new modem called the 5G Exynos Modem 5123 — components that could wind up in some […]

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Ookla: Early U.S. 5G is up to 7.5 times faster than 4G with Qualcomm’s X50

If you’ve been wondering how much additional speed 5G devices are already delivering for early U.S. adopters, Speedtest developer Ookla is ready to quantify the numbers, and they’re impressive: Devices using Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon X50 modem achieved up to 750% faster 5G speeds than 4G/LTE in July 2019, and new technologies in its next-generation X55 […]

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Apple Sets Aggressive Timeline of 2021 for Getting In-House 5G Modem Ready

Apple announced yesterday that it would be acquiring Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Apple has been working on its in-house modem for quite some time and given that Intel was Apple’s modem supplier, this move was not really surprising. Apple is looking to leverage the acquisition to boost the development of its in-house […]

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EU fines Qualcomm $272 million for modem antitrust violations

(Reuters) — Qualcomm, the world’s number one chipmaker, was fined 242 million euros ($272 million) by the European Commission on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago, its second EU antitrust penalty. The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at […]

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Intel pauses modem IP auction to give unnamed buyer exclusive access

Following its abrupt exit from the 5G smartphone modem business in April, Intel said that it was exploring the sale of related patents and intellectual property to potential buyers — a process that led to a late June auction of 8,500 patents, 94% of which were cellular, with the rest for “connected devices.” Now Intel […]

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