When Qualcomm led the world to 5G, the Invention Age began. It’s an age of unprecedented creativity, when 5G speeds up not just your mobile devices, but your imagination. It’s an age when cars can connect to each other, the road, and virtually everything else. It’s an age when speed over the air creates speed on the track.
The collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport was a first in motorsports. The innovative wireless system sent tire data to race engineers over the air, replacing a slower car-to-computer plug-in process and allowing the race team to spend more time on the track during practice and qualifying, dialing in their cars for race day. The wireless solution not only helped Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport save time and dominate Formula 1 for the next four seasons, it helped Qualcomm lead the development of 5G and spark the Invention Age — an era of unprecedented creativity.
The wireless system developed and refined by Qualcomm Technologies and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport was updated a number of times since its 2015 inception. But the one thing that has remained constant is the presence of Snapdragon processors. Today, the system sports the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor, coupled with Qualcomm® Wi-Fi chipsets.
Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Wi-Fi are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
“Winning in Formula One means working with the best in order to innovate in every area – and this is what our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies brings us… Not only have we worked to develop solutions for the track, which give us a competitive advantage each race weekend, but these projects serve as a laboratory for cutting-edge solutions that will make their way into automotive applications in the near future. It’s the perfect demonstration of how the high-tech environment of Formula One can accelerate the development of technologies with applications a long way beyond racing.”
-- Toto Wolf, Team Principal & CEO, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
Just as our wireless Snapdragon processor is helping the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team win races, the advances we continue making in 5G are groundbreaking. 5G is truly on the verge of changing the way we do things from the way we communicate, socialize, and collaborate, to the way industries are born and operate. There’s never been a more exciting time to invent.