Wireless

Qualcomm Brings Us One Step Closer To Gigabit LTE Speed Products

Qualcomm’s X16 1Gbps LTE modem was announced in February, 2016 (Image credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm announced today at their 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong specific products their 1 Gigabit Snapdragon X16 LTE modem will ship inside of. In February, the company announced, and we wrote here, that they had achieved speeds of up to 1 Gbps …

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5G Is Coming, But 4G Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

(Source: 3GPP) Last week I attended the 5G Americas Summit in Dallas, Texas with dozens of other analysts. There were numerous sessions about the evolution of 5G and how it will evolve into a ubiquitous wireless technology. However, one of the narratives that seemed to keep popping up in my conversations and discussions was that …

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Qualcomm Demonstrates First Sub-6 GHz 5G New Radio Prototype At MWC Shanghai 2016

You may not know this, but on-time delivery at expected performance with 5G is being determined right now in engineering labs across the globe. This is true even though end user deployments won’t be for another three to four years. You see, the ground is being laid right now with manufacturers, operators and standards bodies. …

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Why Is The Modem Still The Unsung Hero Of Mobility?

The unsung hero of the mobile world is not the CPU, it isn’t the GPU, it isn’t even the memory. All of those components have grown extremely quickly in recent years in terms of processing capability, capacity and the ability to shrink thanks to improvements in process technology. The CPU and the GPU seem to …

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The Magic Of Bluetooth Beacons

USB Beacon (Image courtesy of Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) 2016 is going to be the “Year of the Beacon”, or at least the beginnings of mass beacon deployment. Beacons are part of the latest version of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BT-SIG) Low Energy (BLE) specification. In simplest terms, beacons are broadcast …

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Qualcomm’s New Smartphone Chips Go After Mid-Tier Asian Markets, Straight At MediaTek

Last Thursday at Qualcomm’s Financial Analyst Day the company made a slew of chip announcements ranging from the industry’s 1 Gbps wireless LTE modem to a custom designed smartwatch SoC and platform called “Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC”. In between those, Qualcomm also announced a few very overlooked chips that help strengthen Qualcomm’s position in the mid-tier …

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Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem Delivers Gigabit LTE And A Scalable Architecture

Qualcomm has been the global unit and revenue market share leader for years in modem technologies used in smartphones, tablets, PCs and IoT (Internet of Things). One of the reasons they have maintained this lead for so long is that they are typically first to market with new generations of modems. Today at their investor conference, …

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Intel And Qualcomm Partner (Yes, Really) To Move WiGig 60 GHz 802.11AD Wi-Fi Forward

For the longest time, the 802.11ad space, also known as WiGig by others, was a conglomeration of different 60 GHz Wi-Fi technologies. There have been many companies that have announced technologies utilizing 60 GHz Wi-Fi technologies including Intel, Nitero, Peraso, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and SiBEAM. Even though many of these companies are members of the Wireless …

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Moto 360 Gen 2

Motorola’s New Moto 360 – The Smartwatch that Delivers, Mostly

Motorola’s first generation Moto 360 was universally lauded as the best looking and functional smartwatch on the market, especially among the Android Wear watches. Even after Apple released the Apple Watch, many still believed the Moto 360 to be the truer to form watch on the market. But even being one of the best smart …

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LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation Becoming Standard, But Improved Uplink Now Required

The most recently announced Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and new Google Nexus devices all now support Category (Cat) 6 LTE with Carrier Aggregation (CA). However, one of the biggest weak points of current 4G LTE technology is no longer in the download speeds, but rather the upload speeds. This is because of the mountain of user generated …

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The Near Future Of WiFi And Why MU-MIMO And WiGig Matter

I’m in Hong Kong this week speaking at Qualcomm’s 3G/LTE Summit. This forum is a great example of how fast the wireless world is moving, one that is constantly trying to keep up with the ever increasing demands of the wireless market. This wireless market is not limited to just smartphones, but also anything that …

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RESEARCH BRIEF and PRESENTATION: MU-MIMO and 802.11ad Wi-Fi Evolve the User Experience

In addition to 3G and 4G, Wi-Fi has been one of the backbones of the growth of wireless technology and devices, including the growth of the IoT (internet of things). Wi-Fi has gone through many stages in its evolution including multiple versions of 2.4 GHz 802.11 standards including 802.11a/b/g/n and 5 GHz 802.11ac.All of this is was enabled …

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For The Wearables Market To Grow, Data Plans Need To Change

From my experience, many consumers aren’t interested in a smartwatch until it has the ability to completely untether from a smartphone. Last week at IFA Berlin, we saw a slew of smartwatches from the likes of Samsung Electronics, Huawei, Motorola, LG Electronics, and others. Many of these smart watches primarily come with WiFi and Bluetooth …

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Qualcomm Discloses More Snapdragon 820 Kryo CPU Details, Including Four Giant Cores

Qualcomm has been slowly releasing details here and there about their Snapdragon 820 SoC due out next year. Until then, the company is giving the market little bits of information here and there to keep the market interested and perhaps paying attention. Just a few days ago, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 820′s Smart Protect would …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Do 8 CPU Cores Really Matter in Smartphones?

In a recent live benchmarking session, Moor Insights & Strategy answered the question “Do 8 cores really matter in smartphones?” with a series of benchmarks and real application tests. This brief supports the video with performance and experience results. As the smartphone industry has begun to mature, one-upmanship among smartphone manufacturers and SoC vendors has bred a dangerous …

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U.S. And European Automakers Will Need To Be More Aware Of The Chips They Put In Their Cars

The self-driving car trend is an undeniable one, with the biggest automakers in the world adopting connected car platforms already and more coming on board every month, it seems. These include Volkswagen Group as well as General Motors, two of the three biggest automakers in the world. Google, Bosch Ltd., Audi AG, Tesla Motors and General Motors already …

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Qualcomm Asserts MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Dominance At Computex 2015 With New Four Stream Products

At Computex 2015, Qualcomm and their partners made a series of major MU-MIMO Wi-Fi announcements on both the client and wireless AP (router) side. If you don’t know what this technology is, you can read up on it here. Qualcomm has been leading the industry MU-MIMO Wi-Fi charge with their own flavor known as MU|EFX. They started their MU-MIMO Wi-Fi push with …

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How LTE-U In Unlicensed Spectrum Helps Carriers Make Money

As our world becomes more and more wirelessly connected, there is a never-ending demand for more spectrum to accommodate the bandwidth needs of all our devices. This challenge was coined by Qualcomm in 2013 as the “1000x challenge”, saying that wireless networks in the future will require 1000x the capacity of today. As a result, many companies …

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Moor Insights & Strategy Content At Mobile World Congress 2015

Moor Insights & Strategy will be on-site at Mobile World Congress 2015 and will be publishing a lot of content throughout the show. We will be releasing papers, briefs, columns and podcasts below. PAPERS Intel SDI Enables Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligence Intel’s concept of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) extends the definition of the software-defined datacenter …

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