Wireless

MWC: Not All 4G LTE Modems Are Created Equal According To Tests With Qualcomm And Samsung

Power consumption continues to be one of the most critical points of improvement in mobile devices today. Part of those improvements have come from display technology, applications processors and even modems. One focal point of this power consumption discussion has become the 4G LTE modem as applications processors continually have gotten more and more powerful and less …

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MWC: Qualcomm Jumps the MWC Gun, Launches New Midrange and Mainstream SoCs

Qualcomm has done something few in the mobile industry may have expected this week, they just announced four new SoCs two weeks before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Qualcomm’s new SoCs, though positioned for mainstream smartphones, are expected to compete with today’s high-end mobile processors from other SoC manufacturers. The company is announcing mid-range and mainstream SoCs using licensed ARM-based …

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Qualcomm’s New MU-MIMO For Enterprise Wi-Fi

There is an ever-increasing need for networks to keep up with exponential demand. Not only is there a multiplication of IT-issued devices within the enterprise, but each employee now carries multiple personal wireless devices. Ever since the advent of BYOD and the assignment of multiple phones, tablets and laptops to employees—as well as IOT devices—there are …

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HearNotes Wireless Earbuds Promise Premium Sound Without The Cables

In my career as an analyst, I run across a lot of new technologies and have a lot of people trying to get my attention on their “next big thing”. One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they forget that they need to be solving known or unknown problems with their new inventions, …

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Intel’s SkyLake Promises Cable-Less PCs In 2015

I attended Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) held this week in San Francisco. IDF, like other’s developer events, is intended to educate and excite hardware, software and service partners. At IDF, Intel also announced a bevy of products, technologies, and initiatives. I believe one of the most interesting announcements made were details on SkyLake, which has …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Wireless Technologies for Home Automation

Simply put, there are too many choices for today’s low-end mainstream1 and DIY2 consumer when it comes to connecting the new breed of Home Automation (HA) equipment. With the plethora of thermostats, lights, locks and consumer friendly HA devices hitting the market from Nest, Philips, Belkin, Honeywell, Insteon, Schlage and others, it has become increasingly difficult …

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Qualcomm Gets The Jump On WiGig 60 GHz Wireless With Wilocity Acquisition

Qualcomm announced today that they acquired Wilocity, one of the pioneers in 60 GHz WiGig technology. They also announced they would integrate this technology with their current WiFi offerings for use in devices like PCs and wireless routers and also integrate it into their Snapdragon 810 platform for use in phones, tablets, even TVs and displays. …

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National Instruments Stepping Ahead Of Agilent Technologies With New 5G LabVIEW Wireless Design Tools?

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ:NATI) has been primarily known by engineers and scientists as one of the premiere test and measurement equipment companies. In my nearly 25 years experience in high tech, I’ve spent a lot of time in many labs, and have seen National instruments gear in nearly every one of them. While National Instruments …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Rx for 5G RF

The Internet of Things explosion has led to a severe wireless spectrum shortage, driving researchers to seek new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch. Wireless researchers now plan for a 5th generation wireless standard (5G), which is expected to provide a 1000x increase in network capacity and arrive at the end of the decade. To enable 5G, …

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Why Hewlett-Packard’s Voice Tablet Entry Is An Imperative

Last month, Hewlett-Packard announced they were launching two “phablets” or voice-enabled tablets in India under the HP VoiceTab brand. This came a year and a half after Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman hinted at it in an interview with Fox Business Network. As you would expect after the “voice tablet” launch, the pundits swarmed, given it had been …

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LTE Wireless: Just Because You Have It Doesn’t Mean It’s The Best

Buying connected devices like phones and tablets can be a daunting task. Weighing variables like device brand with specific models, colors and features, carrier brand and service level, is a challenge even for the technology capable. I’d like to say it’s getting easier, but it isn’t, as even different flavors of wireless 4G LTE and 3G modem …

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Gigabit-Speed AC Wireless Routers Could Be One Of Your Smartest Home Tech Investments

If you’re like me, you are scrambling last minute to get your friends and family the latest tech gifts. You might be thinking about a new tablet, an iPad, game console, 2 in 1, or maybe even a smart watch. One gift that could be even more useful than all of those could be a …

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SKAA: Better Than AirPlay and Bluetooth for Premium Wireless Audio?

Wireless audio speakers and headphones are growing as a consumer category.  Best Buy has 192 different “wireless speakers” on their website, Amazon, 400.  The growth in wireless audio was helped by the growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, started by Beats Audio.  Of these wireless speakers, the clear majority utilize either Bluetooth or AirPlay to connect the device to …

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SKAA: Displacing Apple AirPlay As The New Premium Wireless Music Standard?

Wireless audio is booming as a consumer category.  All one needs to do is walk into a retailer like Best Buy BBY -0.99%and see the multiple rows dedicated to it. Wireless audio benefited from the general growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, and we have Beats Audio and Dr. Dre to thank for that.  The majority of the wireless audio products …

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RESEARCH PAPER: SKAA Wireless Audio Standard

Two dominant consumer wireless audio standards exist in the installed base today, Bluetooth and Apple’s Airplay.  In spite of their popularity, neither standard was developed to deliver minimal setup, high quality audio across a myriad of different products. SKAA is an alternative wireless audio standard that could challenge both Bluetooth and AirPlay. The two primary …

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The Nvidia Tegra 4i: A Step Forward in Smartphones

Nvidia today announced the Tegra 4i, a smartpone chip with an integrated LTE modem on the same physical die.  This is a follow-on to the Tegra 4 that was announced at this year’s CES 2013.  Nvidia is making some very bold claims about the Tegra 4i versus Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, and while there are no 3rd …

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Who Won the Smartphone Chip Wars at CES 2013?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is best known for gigantic 4K TVs and Android-powered refrigerators, but this year’s CES brought brand new smartphone chips from Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm.  While information is still limited, all three of these players brought their best to the game and I wanted to share with you what I saw and heard at …

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SingTel refuses to be a Commodity

If you live in the U.S., you probably would rarely consider using your wireless carrier, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, for apps, particularly those written by them.  Now think about apps you use for social media, voice commands, and food reviews, finding and planning local events, reading the news or apps to view and manage your photos …

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