Wireless

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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