Tag: Qualcomm

Qualcomm Bullish on 5G Prospects, Forecasts 450 Million 5G Smartphone Shipping in 2021

Qualcomm’s Analyst Day is interesting as it gives us a sneak peek at all the latest technology. In the latest edition of Analyst Day, the chipmaker says that it expects 450 million 5G smartphones to be shipped by 2021. In 2022, Qualcomm expects another 750 million devices to join the 5G bandwagon. Previously, Qualcomm forecasted […]

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Qualcomm: 5G will cover major metros in 2020, developing countries in 2021

Speaking at Qualcomm’s 2019 Analyst Day in New York City, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon today offered a comprehensive visual roadmap for the global rollout of 5G networks, including country-by-country assessments of readiness. Amon notably suggested that the company expects 5G to become broadly available across major metropolitan areas in 2020, then spread thoroughly throughout developing […]

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Samsung and Mediatek emerge as Qualcomm’s top 5G chip rivals in 2020

Throughout 2019, the 5G chip business has effectively been Qualcomm’s to lose — between its Snapdragon 855-series processors and its X50/X55 modems, Qualcomm won the business of almost every company interested in producing a 5G consumer device. But with 2020 just around the corner, rivals Samsung and Mediatek have emerged as top 5G chip alternatives […]

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How AI is impacting the automotive world

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The idea of self-driving cars has captured consumer imagination, but AI is having a much broader impact across the entire automotive industry. From design, manufacturing, and infrastructure to predictive maintenance, safety, and a slew of AI-enabled cockpit features, auto experiences are evolving and improving. It’s having a foundation-disrupting impact for […]

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Microsoft announces Secured-core PCs to counter firmware attacks

Microsoft today announced a new initiative to combat threats specifically targeted at the firmware level and data stored in memory: Secured-core PCs. Microsoft partnered with chip and computer makers to apply “security best practices of isolation and minimal trust to the firmware layer, or the device core, that underpins the Windows operating system.” Secured-core PCs […]

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5G home broadband moves forward as 34 OEMs commit to Snapdragon modems

Most of 2019’s biggest 5G news has focused on mobile devices — read: smartphones — while 5G’s potential as a home broadband replacement temporarily faded into the background. Today, Qualcomm is setting the stage for 2020 with the announcement that 34 companies have committed to using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and RF system in […]

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Microsoft announces the Surface Pro X

The rumors were true: One of Microsoft’s new PCs sports an Arm-based chipset instead of an Intel equivalent. During an event in New York City this morning, the Seattle tech giant unveiled the Surface Pro X, the spiritual successor to the Surface, the Surface 2, the Surface 3, and the Surface Go. It’s ultra-slim and […]

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AI and the next big esports boom for pro players, amateurs, and entrepreneurs

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Esports is a billion-dollar competitive video gaming phenomenon, and a booming market. Professional players are drawing larger and larger team salaries, while monetizing their fans on personal channels. Meanwhile, big brand sponsors are turning into team owners and traditional sports team franchises are launching their own esports teams. It’s no […]

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Qualcomm shares a practical, compelling vision for 5G’s first 5 years

Qualcomm executives and engineering teams offered countless details at a day-long “Future of 5G” event yesterday, but there was one overarching theme: As the first year of 5G comes to an end, the second year will be all about expansion, and exciting plans are already in place for the following few years. In other words, […]

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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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