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Snapdragon

Snapdragon Wear 2100 powers high-end fashion smartwatches at Baselworld

Silicon Valley met Switzerland at this year’s Baselworld, the world’s premier event for the watch and jewelry industry, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Several impressive smartwatches made their debut, all touting the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform and all powered by Android Wear 2.0. With this reliable platform and OS developed specifically for wearables, it’s no wonder high-end brands are looking beyond basic wearable functions, and combining style with technology to develop chic smartwatches fit for any lifestyle.

The superior SoC for smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2100, is an integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub. It’s 30 percent smaller than previous-generation wearable SoCs, allowing OEMs the freedom to develop thinner, sleeker product designs. And because it uses 25 percent less power than its older sibling (the Snapdragon 400), watchmakers can offer even more features and better designs.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 comes in both tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected (3G and 4G LTE) versions. The latter allows wearers to do more with their wearables, from streaming music to sending messages to calling a cab, in tandem with — or even without — having to bring their smartphones along.

Each of the touchscreen smartwatches included in this roundup run Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest wearable operating system, and can pair with both iOS and Android phones. With Android Wear 2.0, users can personalize their watch faces with chronometer-style complications and create shortcuts to their favorite applications. In addition to the pre-installed Google Fit and calendar apps, more apps can be downloaded directly through the on-watch Google Play store, so wearers can customize their device to their lifestyle.

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist. Find answers and get things done even when your hands are full. Reply to a friend, set a reminder, or ask for directions. Just hold the power button or say “OK Google”.

Check out the some of Snapdragon Wear powered smartwatches that made a splash at this year’s Baselworld:

Apr 18, 2017

OnQ

Q&A: Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs discusses the Tricorder XPRIZE and the winners

The invention revolution has always been inspired by technology from fiction — how do we pluck a device out of TV science fiction and make it real? Back in 2012, the Qualcomm Foundation and the XPRIZE Foundation worked together to develop the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a Star Trek-inspired competition that set out to provide anyone with the ability to diagnose health conditions by using a real-world version of the Tricorder.

After five years (the same duration as Starship Enterprise’s original mission) of competition, we’re excited to announce that Final Frontier Medical Devices takes the top prize.

I sat down with one of the drivers behind the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, former Qualcomm Foundation Chair and current Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs, to ask him a few questions…

Apr 13, 2017

Snapdragon

Artificial intelligence tech in Snapdragon 835: personalized experiences created by machine learning

As our mobile devices have matured, gaining the ability to connect to the Web, we’ve labeled them as “smart.” But why settle for just smart? Harnessing the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, developers, and OEMs are taking our devices to the next level, creating new experiences with the aid of machine learning. From superior video and security to your own personal assistant, your Snapdragon device has the ability to operate intelligently — outside of the cloud or Web connection — allowing you to experience your smarter phone in an entirely new way.

Application developers and device manufacturers understand what their users want. They can create a feature or an application that uses machine learning (more specifically, deep neural networks) to improve the performance a particular task, such as detecting or recognizing objects, filtering out background noise, or recognizing voices or languages. These applications are usually run in the cloud, and depending on the device they’re in, this could be sub-optimal.

The Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK was created to help developers determine where to run their neural network-powered applications on the processor. For example, an audio/speech detection application might run on the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP and an object detection or style transfer application on the Qualcomm Adreno GPU. With the help of the SDK, developers have the flexibility to target the core of choice that best matches the power and performance profile of the intended user experience. The SDK supports convolutional neural networks, LSTMs (Long Short-Term Memory) expressed in Caffe and TensorFlow, as well as conversion tools designed to ensure optimal performance on Snapdragon heterogenous cores.

The Hexagon DSP and its wide vector extensions (HVX) offer an impressive power and performance mix for running neural networks on device. Performance is up to 8X faster and 25X more power efficient than using the CPU, which translates to lower battery consumption overall. In addition to support via the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, TensorFlow is directly supported on the Hexagon DSP, giving developers multiple options to run their chosen neural network power apps.

Here are a few applications that could be facilitated by Snapdragon 835 on-device machine learning tech:

Photography: Machine learning can aid in scene classification, real-time noise reduction, and object tracking, making it easier to take the perfect shot, or capture video regardless of the conditions.

VR/AR: With machine learning on your device, VR/AR feature can operate faster and with less lag, so everything from gestures and facial recognition to object tracking and depth perception are an immersive experience.

Voice detection: Your phone’s on-device AI can listen for commands and keywords to help you navigate the data and apps on your device more efficiently, and save power doing so.

Security: With facial recognition software and iris scanning, all operating independently from the cloud, your device can learn to identify, and help protect, you.

Connections: Your Snapdragon device has the ability to filter out distracting background noise during calls for clearer conversations with friends and family.

Qualcomm Technologies’ unique machine learning platform is engineered so devices powered by the Snapdragon 835 can run trained neural networks on your devices without relying on a connection to the cloud. Pretty innovative, right?

Take a look at our previous deep dives into each of the Snapdragon 835 key components — batteryimmersive AR and VRphotos and videoconnectivity, and security — all of which combine to make the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform truly groundbreaking.

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Apr 13, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform Powers Gigabit LTE and Immersive Experiences on Samsung Galaxy S8

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced that its premium mobile platform is powering Samsung’s latest and most sophisticated flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8, for select regions. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform, featuring the first commercial SoC manufactured using 10nm FinFET technology, and which integrates the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. This powerful platform allows the Galaxy S8 to support Gigabit LTE, for fiber-optic Internet speeds on the go, and more consistent mobile data performance in more places. The Galaxy S8 is the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm® TruSignal™ adaptive antenna tuning technology for carrier aggregation, designed to deliver a more consistent voice and data experience, indoors and outdoors. The Snapdragon 835 is roughly 35 percent smaller in package size and consumes roughly 25 percent less power compared to the previous generation flagship processor, which equates to longer battery life and a thinner design. The processor also supports next-generation immersive entertainment experiences, such as mobile virtual reality (VR), with leading edge still and video capture.

“We are proud to continue our long and productive collaboration with Samsung to help bring the most advanced mobile experiences, such as Gigabit LTE and mobile VR, to consumers with the new Samsung Galaxy S8,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Featuring a thin and light design with superior battery life, immersive multimedia, and exceptional photography with Gigabit LTE speeds, the Samsung Galaxy S8 powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform delivers the experiences today’s mobile users demand.”

The Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform offers improved processing power and performance with the new Qualcomm® Kryo™ 280 CPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 682 DSP, and is designed to simultaneously meet the high performance demands, thermal limits and power efficiency constraints of the next-generation VR designs, like the Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S8. Snapdragon 835 delivers up to a 25 percent increase in 3D graphics rendering performance with the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 540 GPU compared to Adreno 530. Snapdragon 835 also supports object and scene-based 3D audio as well as visually immersive 4K Ultra HD premium (HDR10) video, that enables the Samsung Galaxy S8 to play HDR movies and other types of videos from major content publishers. At the core of the capture experience is the Qualcomm Spectra™ 180 ISP, featuring dual 14-bit ISPs that support the Galaxy S8 8MP front camera and 12MP rear camera for the ultimate photography and ultra-high definition videography experience. Both still and video capture experiences are enhanced with advanced auto-focus technologies along with HDR true-to-life colors and perceptual quantization video encoding.  The Snapdragon 835 also features the Qualcomm Haven™ security platform with enhanced security for biometrics and device attestation, which can be experienced in the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8’s signal performance, power efficiency and thermal performance are enhanced by an advanced RF front-end which includes Qualcomm Technologies’ envelope tracker, impedance tuner, diversity receive modules, aperture tuners, low-noise amplifiers, extractor and BAW filter.

“We value the long history of collaboration that we share with Qualcomm Technologies, and are excited to work with them on the Galaxy S8, the mobile industry’s first smartphone based on 10nm FinFET process technology to be available to consumers,” said Robert Kim, vice president, product strategy team, mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics. “Doing so provides our customers with a best-in-class mobile experience, which includes the most advanced features in connectivity, immersion, machine learning and security.”

More information on the Snapdragon Mobile Platform can be found at https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/835. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy S8, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsungmobilepress.com.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business. To learn more, visit Qualcomm’s website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

Mar 29, 2017

OnQ

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity to more people in more places

Across the globe, over 2 billion mobile users rely on strong, consistent connectivity to conduct sales, track deliveries, share data, and communicate. While the full potential of 4G is beginning to unfold for some, there are many places around the world where 3G — and even 2G — is still the reality.

It’s with this in mind that Qualcomm Technologies introduces the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platformdesigned specifically for feature phones to include 4G LTE. The platform is engineered to allow these phones to take advantage of fast connectivity, and to deliver 4G LTE speeds to users who, until now, may not have had the ability to access these networks. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform can allow device manufacturers and network operators to offer 4G connectivity and services to more people with high-quality, affordable devices.

The local impact of 4G

Bringing 4G and other advanced connectivity features to more people can have a profound effect on both an area’s residents and its businesses. For example, local textile shops, fishermen, and health care workers which make up a large percentage of local commerce in regions throughout India, Southeast Asia, and South America can now enjoy the benefits of modern wireless data services.

We’ve seen the impact that Qualcomm Technologies’ investments in developing communities can have both economically and environmentally. Take India, where small-scale fishing is a primary source of family income. New access to affordable devices has greatly enhanced the accuracy and efficiency of these small operations. The Fisher Friend mobile app from Qualcomm Wireless Reach, for example, is made to provide real-time weather and ocean condition updates to local fishermen with mobile devices, as well as the ability to track both inventory expenses and sales. The app is now being used by 2,000 fishermen and has helped rescue 40 who were caught in dangerous weather conditions.

Unpacking the 205

One segment the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed for is developing areas that previously were unable to gain access to high-quality, consistent, and affordable mobile connectivity. It incorporates the Qualcomm 205 Mobile SoC, which features the processing system as well as a variety of hardware components. And while India and countries in regions like Southeast Asia and Africa continue to see sizeable percentages of feature phone shipments, the opportunity for these phones exists worldwide.

Mar 20, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform Brings 4G Connectivity to More People in More Places

At a launch event in New Delhi, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., introduced the Qualcomm® 205 Mobile Platform, designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform includes the Qualcomm 205 SoC, which encompasses the baseband functionalities, plus hardware components including RF front end, discrete Wi-Fi, power management, audio codec, speaker amplifier, and software, all to enable a comprehensive mobile solution.

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed for OEMs and ODMs that service consumers who may otherwise be unable to gain access to high quality, affordable, reliable mobile devices. This includes emerging regions, such as those in India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. As operators around the world redefine subscription plans to take greater advantage of robust LTE network rollouts, devices with the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are designed to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi).

Bringing 4G and other advanced connectivity features to emerging regions can have a profound effect on those served. From a business point of view, small enterprises, that make up a large percentage of the economy in regions such as India and Southeast Asia, will have more reliable, faster and more secure access to process financial transactions. Multiple days of battery life means reduced need to charge, important for those who may not always have access to a reliable power source. Faster download speeds allow for on-demand content including music and videos.

Qualcomm 205 SoC features include:

  • LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload;
  • Support for 4G, 3G and 2G networks;
  • Support for 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio;
  • Dual Core CPU at 1.1 GHz;
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU;
  • 3 megapixel rear camera, 0.3MP selfie camera
  • VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second;
  • HD Video streaming;
  • Support for Linux based OS;
  • Support for dual SIMs;
  • Pin-compatible with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210/212

“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the migration of users and networks from 2G, 2.5G, and 3G to 4G,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before.” 

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available today with devices expected to reach consumers in Q2 2017. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/products/qualcomm-205-mobile-platform.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. To learn more, visit Qualcomm’s website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Mar 20, 2017

OnQ

3GPP agrees on plan to accelerate 5G NR – the global 5G standard – for 2019 deployments

If you were like me and the 100,000+ other attendees, you were at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week in Barcelona, Spain, and were inundated with 5G everywhere. However, unlike me, hopefully you got to return home at the end of the long week of meetings, walking, tapas and more walking. Instead, I and many of my colleagues in the mobile industry, headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia for a very important 3GPP RAN Plenary meeting from March 6th to 9th. In a few years’ time, when we look back on the path to 5G, I believe this specific standardization meeting will be seen as a critical milestone in making a lot of the 5G hype you saw at MWC 2017, a reality.

At this plenary meeting, 3GPP agreed to a work plan proposal (RP-170741) for the first 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) specification that will be part of Release 15 – the global 5G standard. As part of this work plan, Qualcomm and fellow mobile industry leaders including AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson, and others, led a coalition of companies that committed to accelerate the 5G NR schedule by introducing an intermediate milestone for an early completion of a variant called Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR. This intermediate milestone will enable 3GPP-based large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019 (more on this later).

Mar 9, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate Cloud Services on 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Platform

At Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit 2017, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. (QDT), today announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next generation cloud services on its 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq™ 2400 platform. This collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems.

With the goal of enabling a variety of cloud workloads to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform powered by Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server solutions, QDT today submitted a server specification using its advanced 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform to OCP. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard server specification is based on the latest version of Microsoft’s Project Olympus. Moreover, QDT today conducted the first public demonstration of Windows Server, developed for Microsoft’s internal use, powered by the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor.

QDT has been working with Microsoft for several years on ARM-based server enablement and has onsite engineering at Microsoft to collaboratively optimize a version of Windows Server, for Microsoft’s internal use in its data centers, on Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based systems. QDT’s OCP submission is the result of a multi-faceted, multi-level engagement between the two companies to facilitate ARM adoption into the data center. It encompasses multiple areas of hardware and software including board development, firmware, operating system, compilers and tools, and CoreCLR.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard pairs QDT’s recently announced 10nm, 48-core server processor with the most advanced interfaces for memory, network, and peripherals enabling the OCP community to access and design ARM-based servers for the most common cloud compute workloads. It fits into a standard 1U server system, offering system vendors the flexibility to create innovative, configurable designs for compute-intensive data center workloads. It can be paired with compute accelerators, multi-host NICs, and leading-edge storage technologies such as NVMe to optimize performance for specific workloads.

“QDT is accelerating innovation in datacenters by delivering the world’s first 10nm server platform,” said Ram Peddibhotla, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. “Our collaboration with Microsoft and contribution to the OCP community enables innovations such as Qualcomm Centriq 2400 to be designed in and deployed into the data centers rapidly. In collaborating with Microsoft and other industry leading partners, we are democratizing system design and enabling a broad-based ARM server ecosystem.”

“Microsoft and QDT are collaborating with an eye to the future addressing server acceleration and memory technologies that have the potential to shape the data center of tomorrow,” said Dr. Leendert van Doorn, distinguished engineer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp. “Our joint work on Windows Server for Microsoft’s internal use, and the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard server specification, compatible with Microsoft’s Project Olympus, is an important step toward enabling our cloud services to run on QDT-based server platforms.”

As a sign of further support and commitment to this ecosystem, QDT is also pleased to announce that it has joined the Open Compute Project Foundation as a gold member. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 motherboard contribution to OCP underscores not only open hardware innovation but also enablement by technology partners to deliver enterprise-level OS, firmware, co-processors, interconnects, Java and other technologies to enable ARM ecosystems in the data center. QDT continues to work with leading companies including Red Hat, Canonical, Mellanox, Xilinx, and AMI, to enable a rich ecosystem for market readiness and software build-out.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard will be on display at Microsoft’s booth A4 and in Mellanox booth C-23 at the 2017 OCP US Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 8 and 9.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. To learn more, visit Qualcomm’s website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Mar 8, 2017

Snapdragon

Powered by Snapdragon 835, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium reaches Gigabit speeds

World, meet the first commercial smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor: Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium. Making its debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the latest Sony smartphone boasts advanced camera functionality with its new Motion Eye camera, a vivid 4K HDR display, and Gigabit-class LTE speeds (one of the first to do so) — all welcome advancements to power users as we forge ahead to 5G.

Forming lasting connections

Engineered to provide phenomenal mobile performance, the Xperia XZ Premium’s Snapdragon 835 processor packs a punch. At 10 nanometers, the processor is 35 percent smaller and uses 25 percent less power than previous Snapdragon designs. It’s also significantly smaller than its 14nm predecessor, which means there’s more room for the phone’s many innovative features.

A highlight of the Snapdragon 835 is its Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which is designed to support Gigabit-class speeds to those on the go. Blurring the line between wireless and wired broadband, the X16 can achieve peak download speeds up to 10X as fast as first generation 4G LTE devices — at up to 1Gbps, that is. To reach these unprecedented speeds, the modem supports 4x4 MIMO and 4x carrier aggregation, so access to a network and speed — even in weak signal conditions — are rarely a concern.

Capturing moments in high definition

Feb 28, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm, Ericsson and NTT DOCOMO Announce Collaboration on 5G NR Trials to Accelerate Wide-scale 5G Deployments in Japan

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), Ericsson and NTT DOCOMO today announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials in Japan based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, as well as millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum at 28 GHz, showcasing the unified 5G NR design across diverse spectrum bands. The trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale, enabling timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP Rel-15 standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.

In the trials, the Companies will showcase 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency and better reliability than today’s network, amongst other capabilities. These technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, as well as enabling new high-reliability, low-latency services for use cases such as autonomous vehicles, drones and industrial equipment.

The trials will utilize device prototype and base station solutions from Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson respectively, along with trial environments from NTT DOCOMO, to simulate real-world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment scenarios. The trial will include 5G NR operation at 4.5 GHz, which allows a large bandwidth resulting in high data rates and good capacity with reasonable coverage to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases. The trial will showcase advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, beamforming techniques, adaptive self-contained TDD, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible, low-latency slot structure based design.  In addition, the trial will include 5G NR operation in mmWave spectrum at 28 GHz, employing advanced 5G NR antenna technology to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility.   

“Over the last few months Qualcomm Technologies has announced several 5G NR trials with Ericsson and leading operators around the world, and we are very excited to extend that work in Japan with NTT DOCOMO,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Trials based on the 3GPP 5G NR specification accelerate the path to commercial deployments.”

“We are excited to conduct early 5G NR trials based on the 3GPP specification with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson,” said Seizo Onoe, executive vice president and chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO. “NTT DOCOMO plans to deploy a 5G NR commercial system by 2020 and it is essential that the industry cooperate closely to create a 5G ecosystem in a timely manner. Through acceleration of the standardization and standard-compliant 5G NR trial activities, we will ensure the highly-stable 5G services.”

“This important 5G standard-based trial collaboration will demonstrate the compliance to 3GPP and support an accelerated commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G specification,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ericsson. “Ericsson is working with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G such as NTT DOCOMO and Qualcomm Technologies to enable global scale and to drive the industry in one direction.”

The interoperability testing and trials, which will launch in Japan starting in the first half of 2018, are intended to track closely with, as well as help accelerate, the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15 – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Tracking the 3GPP specification is important because it promotes adherence and validation with the global 5G standard, accelerating the time to standard-compliant devices and infrastructure. It will also drive forward compatibility to future 3GPP 5G NR releases. 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 65 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for more information.

About Ericsson
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

Feb 27, 2017
Press Releases

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Vodafone Trial 5G New Radio for Unified 5G

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), are working with Vodafone to test 5G  interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed in 3GPP.

The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators to test 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices at scale. Taking place in the United Kingdom, the focus of the trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilise wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates.

Applicable to both existing licensed bands and new bands in sub 6GHz, 5G will be important to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Connected Cloud services.

Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, says, “5G will enable operators to provide new use cases in areas such as the Internet of Things, automation and big data, and the ability to build new revenue streams with radically new business models. To speed up commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G standard, we continuously work with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G to enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations.

Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says, “The work between Qualcomm, Ericsson and Vodafone is just another example of how collaboration on impactful 5G NR trials between global industry leaders is pertinent to not only drive the technology forward, but to ensure timely commercial deployments of 5G technologies based on the 3GPP specification.”

Matt Beal, director of technology, architecture and strategy, Vodafone, says, “The demonstration of the 5G standard in sub-6GHz bands is an important step forward in the development of 5G. Standardization of this technology will help deliver high performing and reliable 5G mobile networks with global coverage. A common standard also promises to deliver the economies of scale, which will help drive adoption of the technology in consumer devices and the internet of things.”

The trial will make use of advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, adaptive self-contained TDD, beamforming techniques, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible framework design.

The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trials will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of 3GPP Release 15 specification – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave spectrum bands.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
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About Ericsson:
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

Feb 27, 2017