Operators are under increasing pressure to bring coverage even to the remotest areas, and with mobile technologies penetrating almost every aspect of modern life, access to or the lack of a network connection can have profound social implications.
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has unveiled its latest LTE modem, announcing that the Gobi 9×45 modem is the first Category 10 LTE modem. It is manufactured on the 20nm process, supports carrier aggregation across the TDD and FDD spectrum, and promises notional download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.
Swedish telecom infrastructure vendor and mobile chip giant Qualcomm have announced what they claim is the world’s first inter-company interoperability trial of LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation. The two firms said the technology offers download speeds of up to 450Mbps.
Stealth mode augmented reality start-up project Magic Leap claims to have raised $542 million in Series B financing. Google and Qualcomm led the round of financing, indicating that both businesses see significant potential in the product to help drive more commercial uptake of augmented reality inspired technology.
Qualcomm has announced it will purchase UK-based chip maker and Bluetooth innovator CSR for approximately $2.5 billion in a bid to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT). The chip giant said the acquisition will strengthen its product offering and add channels and customers in the IoT and automotive infotainment markets.
Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm Technologies have announced the successful demonstration of frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) carrier aggregation of the LTE Advanced network. The aggregated approach allows for more efficient use of spectrum, and increased network speeds.
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has launched a new SoC designed to be used in ‘entry-level’ mobile devices. The Snapdragon 210 supports LTE Cat 4 carrier aggregation and has a quad-core CPU and is positioned to take on MediaTek in the booming sub-$200 smartphone market.
The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.
Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.
As spectrum efficiency becomes ever more important, UK public broadcaster the BBC is teaming up with equipment vendors Huawei and Qualcomm and mobile operator EE to demonstrate the benefits that multicast 4G broadcast can offer compared with unicast streaming.
Chipmaker Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions subsidiary will be spun off into an independent standalone company, following an agreement signed between the firm and a group of third party investors. The investors will gain a controlling interest in Qualcomm Retail Solutions, which will be renamed Gimbal, taking the name of the unit’s context aware proximity platform.
Chinese vendor Huawei said it has completed an interoperability test for an “ultra-flash” circuit-switched fallback solution that shortens the time it takes to switch from the LTE network to 2G in order to set up a voice call by 50 per cent.
Wifi hotspot provider Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from several investors. It would not disclose how much each investor contributed but said that chip maker Qualcomm contributed the largest share of the total. Tech giant Google and European operator group Deutsche Telekom also contributed to the funding, along with venture capital firms Index Ventures, Coral and Atomico.
Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.
The CEO at chip maker Qualcomm has stepped down from his role. Dr Paul Jacobs will assume the role of executive chairman at the firm and will help guide development of new technology. COO Steve Mollenkopf has been promoted to CEO-elect, president of the company and appointed to the board of directors. On March 4, following Qualcomm’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he will become CEO, replacing Jacobs.
The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has added support for China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system to its solutions. The vendor said that using BeiDou will enhance location precision in smartphones and tablets in China and globally.
Chip maker Qualcomm has acquired certain technology assets from network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP specialist Arteris for an undisclosed sum. The firm has also hired personnel formerly employed by Arteris.
Qualcomm vice chairman, Steve Altman, is to retire from the firm January 3, 2014, but will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the company.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.