fired off a barrage of news about its latest 5G
technologies on Monday as the annual Mobile World
Congress trade show opened in Barcelona — highlighting
the big bet that the San Diego company is making on
fifth-generation wireless networks.
company’s latest technologies are aimed not only at
smartphones but also connected cars, always connected
laptops, fixed wireless home broadband, robots, small
cells for businesses, augmented reality and virtual
announcements highlight what’s different about 5G,
which promises to deliver faster speeds, imperceptible
transmission delays and high reliability to mobile
and 4G technologies primarily connected smartphones, 5G
neworks are expected to wirelessly connect a lot more
— from cars to computers to automated factories to
smart cities infrastructure.
networks aren’t up and running yet, but they’re
expected to begin rolling out later this year in the
U.S., Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China.
Qualcomm says its latest 5G modem chip can deliver peak
download speeds of 7 gigabits per second — which is on
par with fiber optic lines.
most new technologies, there is plenty of skepticism
about whether 5G is actually ready for prime time in
Qualcomm and other proponents believe 5G can gain at
least a foothold this year with consumers.
mobile operators are expected to light up 5G networks by
year end. Qualcomm said more than 20 devices makers are
planning 5G products using its chips. Samsung, OnePlus,
LG, Xiaomi and others have announced 5G smartphones
coming this year.
World Congress on Monday, Qualcomm unveiled plans to
integrate its 5G cellular modems into a complete system
on a chip — which includes applications, graphics,
digital signal and other processors mashed together on
one piece of silicon.
Qualcomm’s 5G cellular modems are a standalone chips.
Integrating them with the applications/graphics
processors — which is the way most 4G smartphones are
built — will help usher 5G handsets into the
mainstream, according to the company.
system on a chip will begin testing with smartphone
makers this summer and is forecast to show up in devices
in the first half of next year.
integration of our breakthrough 5G multimode modem and
application processing technologies into a single system
on a chip is a major step in making 5G more widely
available across regions and (price) tiers,” said
Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s president.
personal computers, Qualcomm launched a 5G platform that
it says can deliver fiber-optic like download speeds
wirelessly to laptops while providing multi-day battery
expects to release the first personal computer based on
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon’s 5G modem in early 2020.
vehicles, Qualcomm is launching 5G connectivity, as well
as two new features that will be part of both its 4G and
5G offerings to auto makers.
features include technology that allows cars to
communicate directly with each other on the road — as
well as to ping stoplights and other smart cities
infrastructure to improve traffic flow.
Cellular-Vehicle-to-Everything, the technology can alert
drivers of motorists’ behavior around them. It will be
integrated into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon automotive chips
with both 4G and 5G connectivity and could appear in
cars by 2021.
addition, the company’s 5G automotive platform will
support dual wireless plans for vehicles. That allows
automakers to monitor performance/maintenance on one
plan, while giving car owners the ability to link the
vehicle to their own wireless plan separately for
infotainment services, such as Android apps or
in-vehicle movie steaming.
can bring in their own subscription and whatever third
party service they want to pay for,” said Nakul Duggal,
a senior vice president for Qualcomm.
Diego company also unveiled its latest generation of
Wi-Fi chips for smartphones and cars — known at Wi-Fi
6 — that boost peak speeds to 1.8 gigabits per second.
Wi-Fi 6 chips, which also include the latest Bluetooth
technology, means it’s going head-to-head with
Broadcom, the leader in the Wi-Fi chip market. Broadcom
attempted a hostile takeover of Qualcomm last year,
which was blocked by the Trump administration.
Qualcomm news from Mobile World Congress includes:
reference design to help manufacturers develop 5G fixed
wireless broadband devices, which Internet Service
Providers can use to deliver faster speeds to homes over
the last mile where fiber optic or cable lines are too
expense to install. A research partnership with Bosch to
refine 5G applications for the Industrial Internet of
designed hardware, software and design tools to help
manufacturers and developers build the next generation
of advanced consumer and industrial robots. The platform
includes computer vision, artificial intelligence,
security and connectivity.