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Areas of Research

At Qualcomm Research, we're interested in redefining the wireless industry and creating the technologies of tomorrow. The areas we explore are as exciting as they are technically challenging. Our ambition is to invent technologies that give people everywhere the opportunity to transform the way they live, discover limitless possibilities, and grow their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We invite you to visit the research areas below, learn what they’re about, follow their progress and begin imagining the possibilities.

3G/4G Technologies

New innovations are continuously introduced to unfold hidden potential in this sphere of wireless technologies. These projects are aimed at bringing new concepts and new enhancements as an evolution to existing 3G and 4G technologies to provide higher capacities both voice and data under various deployment topologies. Qualcomm Research is also driving ground breaking innovations in small cell technologies that enable operators to meet what we refer to as the 1000x data challenge.

3G/4G Technology Projects:

LTE Unlicensed
Mobile data usage has been growing rapidly and is predicted to continue to grow 1000 times over the next decade or so. Qualcomm is working on the solutions to cost-effectively meet the 1000x mobile data challenge. The main solution is to deploy more small cells in licensed spectrum, both indoor and outdoor, but we also need to make use of all spectrum types including unlicensed. Unlicensed spectrum is shared among multiple technologies and is bandwidth rich, making it the natural candidate to augment mobile broadband. With a unified, common LTE network aggregating licensed and unlicensed spectrum, we can extend the benefits of LTE Advanced to unlicensed spectrum, to deliver a better network performance and an enhanced user experience compared to using carrier Wi-Fi, while harmoniously coexisting with other Wi-Fi users. Qualcomm is committed to bringing the benefits of LTE Advanced in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to mobile operators and is working with the global mobile ecosystem to make this vision a reality. View whitepaper.


Wireless Local Connectivity

As the number of wireless devices used by consumers continues to increase, so does the need to always be connected, including having all of our wireless devices connect while in the home environment. As a result there are a growing number of hotspots now available and more wireless devices that are Wi-Fi enabled, making Wi-Fi a universal technology for the connected home.

As more consumers move towards having a connected home, it becomes crucial to have a robust networking solution that offers better performance and reliability and can support a variety of electronic devices. Qualcomm Research is currently working on a solution which can provide a powerful home network that can handle all the digital media and data services consumers use today, and support other smart home applications in the future. For more information, access the Connected Home.

In conjunction, we are working on the next evolution of local area network Wi-Fi technologies to push throughput rates beyond the Gigabit-per-second barrier in order to provide a superior network that can offer a better user experience. For more information, access Wi-Fi Advanced.

Wireless Local Connectivity Projects:

Application Enablers

These R&D projects at Qualcomm are continuously striving to enhance user experience and overall lifestyle of the people for coming generations. These projects are aimed at transforming mobile devices into digital companions assisting users with valuable information and insight depending on user’s current context and situation.

Application Enablers Projects:

Connectivity Enhancements

The ever-increasing growth of data and signaling traffic generated by smartphones is challenging current networks’ capacities. User experiences are also affected by poor battery performance in smartphones. There is a real need for the network as well as the devices to determine whether 3G/4G or Wi-Fi or a LTE Broadcast service or a Device-to-device communication is a better fit for the app/data that is being transferred. It has become important to make the data pipe to distinguish the type of data and the apps it is carrying, and thereby select the most optimal radio link and delivery channels among the options it has. This area of research is devoted to reap the efficiencies the way the data is utilized today in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

Modem Enhancement Projects:

Processors & Devices

Qualcomm MARE
The need to support both today’s multicore performance in addition to tomorrow’s heterogeneous computing has taken a significant importance, especially for C++ developers. Parallel computing known as Qualcomm MARE (Multicore Asynchronous Runtime Environment) is a new programming model and runtime environment that facilitates this task while exploiting the benefits of multicore performance in an efficient manner. Native code (NDK) developers on Android will find Qualcomm MARE attractive, as there are virtually no alternatives today for multicore programming libraries other than manually writing and managing threads on the Android platform. Using Qualcomm MARE vs. managing threading directly enables developers to program more efficiently and create more maintainable code, without sacrificing performance gains. Performance oriented workloads such as gaming, computer vision, and video/image processing are bound to benefit from the task based parallelism the Qualcomm MARE library enables.


Mobile Security Enhancements

As the number of mobile users grows so does the likelihood that they will download an app that contains hidden malware or poorly written code that misuses the resources of the mobile device. Qualcomm Research has developed an innovative approach to identify anomalous or malicious behavior of processes on a mobile device — an on-device behavioral analysis platform based on advanced machine learning algorithms that allows the system to monitor, analyze, and prevent undesirable behavior in real-time. Applying these behavioral techniques provides a robust and efficient defense from new and existing threats, dramatically reducing the time it takes to find and classify new threats.