Ahead of MWC 2017, Qualcomm has made several key announcements on its latest developments in Snapdragon, IoT, 5G and Automotive offerings, amongst others.
Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., plans to add support for the Android Things operating system on Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processors with X5 LTE modems. The Android Things OS is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and Snapdragon processors are expected to be the world’s first commercial System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions to offer integrated 4G LTE support for this OS. This combination is designed to support a new class of IoT applications requiring robust, security-focused and managed connectivity including electronic signage, remote video monitoring, asset tracking, payment and vending machines and manufacturing, as well as consumer devices such as smart assistants and home appliances. Snapdragon 210 processors running Android Things OS will also allow manufactures and developers to harness the power of the Google Cloud Platform and Google services over 4G LTE in their IoT solutions. Additionally, support for Google Cast for Audio in the Snapdragon 210 processor can help facilitate the development of innovative consumer devices, and Qualcomm Technologies plans to extend support of Android Things OS on a variant of its Qualcomm® Smart Home Reference Platform.
Qualcomm Showcases 5G Leadership with its First 3GPP-based 5G New Radio Connection
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced the Company’s first successful 5G connection based upon the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP, which is expected to become the global 5G standard. The connection, which was completed utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype system capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR technologies can be utilized to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit-per-second data rates at significantly lower latency than today’s 4G LTE networks. The successful connection serves as a significant milestone towards rapid validation and the upcoming commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale.
Qualcomm Technologies Announces Comprehensive RF Front-End Platform for the Next Generation of Advanced Global Mobile Devices
Qualcomm also announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is introducing a suite of comprehensive RF front-end (RFFE) solutions, making it the first mobile technology provider to develop and commercialize a comprehensive platform spanning from the digital modem to the antenna port. The latest additions to the Qualcomm RF360 family of RFFE products are Qualcomm Technologies’ first gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier modules (QPA5460, QPA5461, QPA4360 and QPA4361) and the next-generation Qualcomm TruSignal antenna performance enhancement solution (QAT35xx) to drive superior RF performance by utilizing modem intelligence and system-level design and optimization.
The recently announced joint venture between Qualcomm Incorporated and TDK Corporation, RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd. (RF360 Holdings) helps build Qualcomm Technologies’ comprehensive RFFE technology portfolio. RF360 Holdings brings a legacy of expertise in RF filtering and modules as well as integrated and discrete micro-acoustic components such as multi-technology RF filters, duplexers, multiplexers and extractors, and has an established footprint in flagship smartphones. As a result, Qualcomm Technologies has the in-house capability and access to develop, integrate, manufacture, assemble, test and deliver GaAs and CMOS power amplifiers, BAW, SAW and TC-SAW filters and filter modules, high performance switches, power trackers, antenna tuners and integrated modules – all the components necessary for a comprehensive leading-edge RFFE solution to complement its leading modem technology for next generation mobile devices.
Qualcomm Announces the First Commercially Sampling Tri-mode System-on-Chip with Bluetooth Low Energy 5, Dual band Wi-Fi, 802.15.4 Connectivity for IoT Devices
Qualcomm, announced two new System-on-chips (SoCs), the QCA4020 and QCA4024. Qualcomm Technologies is the first to announce a tri-mode SoC QCA4020, integrating Bluetooth® Low Energy 5, Dual-band Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4-based technologies, including ZigBee and Thread, while QCA4024 integrates Bluetooth Low Energy 5 and 802.15.4. Both QCA4020 and QCA4024 deliver advanced features from the Qualcomm Network IoT Connectivity Platform, including seamless coexistence across technologies with pre-integrated support for HomeKit and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) specifications, as well as support for AWS IoT software development kit (SDK) and Microsoft Azure Internet-of-Things (IoT) Devices SDK to connect with Azure IoT Hub. Both solutions support hardware-based security features in a low power, cost-optimized single-chip solution and help address IoT fragmentation, making for flexible product development for OEMs, and support for various devices from different manufacturers to talk to each other across different wireless standards, protocols and communication frameworks, while connecting to a system network and cloud and application services.
PSA Group Selects Qualcomm for Next Infotainment Systems Generation
PSA Group and Qualcomm, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced plans to integrate the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive (820A) processor in the PSA Group’s next generation vehicles. As Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced automotive solution, the Snapdragon 820A processor can support the PSA Group’s infotainment systems to deliver immersive in-car experiences, such as music and video streaming, 3-D navigation, support for multiple high-resolution displays, and superior GPU performance with intelligent pre-emption and context switching.
GE, Nokia and Qualcomm Unveil First Private LTE-based Trial Network Customized for Industrial IoT
GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced that the companies have successfully demonstrated a private LTE network for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market; meshing together each party’s platforms and technologies. In addition, the companies have announced plans to further research and conduct live field trials throughout 2017 based on this demonstration, designed to advance the digitization of industrial processes.