Tag: Qualcomm

Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs

In the very near future, virtual reality headsets will increasingly ditch their cables in favor of next-generation wireless alternatives that stream low-latency, high-bandwidth visuals to their screens. Today, Pico Interactive and ZeroLight are publicly demonstrating Qualcomm’s wireless enabling technology Boundless XR, which will soon “untether” PCs using either Wi-Fi or 5G. Similar to Intel’s WiGig […]

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Geekbench suggests Google will launch a 5G Pixel 4 XL

Google has actively leaked numerous details of its next-generation Pixel 4 smartphone ahead of its expected October launch, but one detail — support for fast 5G networks — appeared to be absent. That has changed, however, as new Geekbench 5 benchmarks (via PocketNow) appear to show a “Pixel 4 XL 5G,” which if accurate will […]

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Qualcomm pays TDK $3.1 billion to fully own 5G RF front-end venture

One of Qualcomm’s important but under-appreciated 5G business areas, RF front-end (RFFE) development, is about to come fully in-house thanks to a multi-billion-dollar deal announced this morning. The San Diego company says that it’s paying $3.1 billion to buy TDK’s remaining interest in an RFFE-focused joint venture called RF360 Holdings, a deal that will enable […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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5G uses less power than 4G at peak bitrates, but more for basic tasks

If you’ve been holding off on buying a 5G device because you’re concerned about cellular power drain, don’t fret: 5G devices are actually capable of delivering greater energy efficiency than 4G LTE models, according to a new study by the Signals Research Group (SRG), though either 5G or 4G may consume less power depending on the […]

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iOS 13 reveals iPhone-tethered Apple AR glasses with a controller

Regardless of whatever other augmented reality hardware solutions Apple might have been working on, the company’s immediate path forward appears to be iPhone-dependent AR glasses with a handheld controller, rather than a standalone platform. That’s the biggest surprise developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have discovered in newly-released versions of iOS 13 and XCode 11, which […]

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The unlimited potential in on-device AI for camera and imaging

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. One of the primary benefits of AI today, whether you develop AI software, shoot video, or take photos, is that AI can accelerate the process and bring your product to reality quicker. Specifically, for software developers, the AI tools at their disposal for edge devices like smartphones are opening the […]

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Qualcomm promises more affordable 5G chips and longer-range mmWave in 2020

On the running list of issues with early 5G devices, high prices and inconsistent millimeter wave performance have emerged as non-trivial concerns for both consumers and carriers — problems that chip and device makers will need to solve. Today, Qualcomm announced that it’s tackling these issues with several new 5G components, all of which will […]

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Microsoft’s Vision AI Developer Kit is now generally available

In May 2018 during its annual Build developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft announced a partnership with Qualcomm to develop what it described as a developer kit for computer vision applications. It bore fruit in the Vision AI Developer Kit, a hardware base built on Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform designed to run AI models locally and […]

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IHS 5G phone teardown reveals high costs of early millimeter wave parts

If you’ve wondered why many 5G smartphones have launched with $1,000 U.S. price tags while similar devices start at only $700 elsewhere in the world, a new IHS Markit teardown report provides an explanation: Early millimeter wave (mmWave) components are adding considerable expense to the fastest U.S. 5G phones, while non-mmWave 5G devices are substantially less expensive […]

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Qualcomm Networking Pro For Next-Gen WI-FI 6

Wi-Fi is entering a refresh period, perhaps the most important since its creation. Wi-Fi 6 promises to improve range and performance for new, but also existing devices. Also, it can sustainably manage the proliferation of connected devices. Advertising Qualcomm provides Wi-Fi 6 components to local network infrastructure companies that produce routers, such as Netgear and […]

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Apple reportedly halts peer-to-peer iPhone walkie-talkie project

Apple has reportedly paused work on an innovative project that would have enabled new iPhones to serve as peer-to-peer walkie-talkies for communication, even when they’re outside of cellular tower range. The Information said today that Apple was planning to include the feature in a next-generation Intel modem that was canceled earlier this year, leading to […]

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Globalfoundries sues Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and TSMC over chip patents

Globalfoundries, which until last year was one of the world’s most aggressive semiconductor manufacturers, today filed lawsuits against Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and its key customers in a move that could have ramifications for the entire consumer electronics industry. The California-based company alleges that TSMC is infringing 16 patents relating to chip manufacturing and, in addition […]

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Qualcomm wins pause in FTC antitrust enforcement pending appeal

(Reuters) — Qualcomm won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to a court filing on Friday. The company on May 21 lost in an antitrust lawsuit and has been fighting to have the ruling put on hold while it […]

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Qualcomm and LG make patent license deal, but 5G market impact is unclear

After extended negotiations and a lawsuit that threatened to “impact the entire 5G market,” Qualcomm and LG today reached an agreement that will continue the South Korean company’s access to the U.S. chipmaker’s 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular modem technologies, apparently preventing a disruption of its smartphone business. But the long-term impact for Qualcomm and […]

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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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Russian carriers and Qualcomm build Europe’s first 5G mmWave network

Until now, European and Asian mobile carriers have focused most of their 5G network development resources on so-called sub-6GHz radio frequencies — ones similar to what’s been used by 4G networks. But that’s about to change thanks to Russian carriers and Qualcomm, which today announced a collaboration on Europe’s first millimeter wave 5G network, planned […]

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Teardowns reveal Qualcomm 5G chips beat Huawei’s on size and efficiency

While an iFixit teardown of Huawei’s Mate 20X suggested that the company’s first 5G smartphone was using fairly large, hot-running components to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, the engineering differences between the 5G rivals are now becoming clearer thanks to teardowns performed by IHS Markit. In a report released today, the research firm says it […]

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Huawei plans ‘invincible’ overhaul after ban, says U.S. lags in 5G

With no deal to resume normal U.S. business operations on the horizon, embattled Chinese mobile supplier Huawei is reportedly embarking on a major overhaul that will “help [it] achieve victory,” with a planned completion date within the next three to five years. The company plans an “invincible iron army” to avoid crumbling under a U.S. […]

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