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Mar 15, 2010

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Spring approaches… which means many of you are gearing up for midterms, drinking too much coffee and Red Bull®, not eating or sleeping on a regular schedule, and for much of the country, wondering, “Will I ever see the sun again?!”

Well the sun shines brightly in San Diego and at Qualcomm today. And as our recruiting team returns from recent trips to campus, we are extremely excited about the 400+ interns who will be arriving to our U.S. locations in the coming months, as well as the return of last summer’s interns coming back to assume full-time roles on their former teams.

Visiting our wireless demos and on-campus “Qualcomm Office Hours” have proven the best way for students to connect on a 1:1 basis with our recruiting team and position themselves for new grad and intern opportunities.

Thanks to all who came out to our events and stopped by to get to know the campus recruiting team better. PhD’s at Stanford, Berkeley, USC, UCLA and UCSD are also getting great exposure to their research through the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, which will be awarding (10) $50,000 fellowship prizes to teams of researchers in mid-May. Exciting times!

Through these efforts, we have filled most of our new grad positions at this time, but have a handful of summer intern positions remaining for those of you out there still looking. Please visit our website to apply on line at Qualcomm's Job Search Page for consideration.

And for those of you joining us this summer, it’s time to consider trading in your winter coats and caps for bathing suits and sunglasses… 3 months of beach going… and important project work await!

See you soon.

Erik

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Get immersed: scene-based audio with MPEG-H

Qualcomm Technologies has been working on audio technology for next generation television broadcasts using the new MPEG-H standards. The audio technology is designed to help content creators, content hosts, consumer electronics manufacturers, and broadcasters create, capture, and render true-to-life immersive 3D audio experiences and scene-based audio so the viewer feels immersed in sound.

At the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, we’ll showcase a comprehensive live production of immersive audio for both traditional TV and VR. The production will use scene-based (Higher Order Ambisonic, or HOA) and object-based audio, while the transmission will be using the MPEG-H 3D audio standard. The audio production will use multiple audio sources, including ambisonic and spot microphones. The video production will be through traditional TV cameras as well as an Omnicast VR camera. The audio production can simultaneously feed into both OTA (for linear TV) and OTT (for both linear TV and VR consumption) transmission.

The production process will show monitoring using sound bars as well as immersive loudspeaker layouts. The playback process will show flexible rendering to any number of loudspeakers, audio-rotation over loudspeakers for 360 video, as well as live VR overhead mounted displays.

Qualcomm Technologies will also showcase its high-quality HEVC cloud and server-based encoder, which is engineered for over-the-top services and 4K real-time encoding with multi-threading on a single machine. The high-quality HEVC encoder has significantly lower complexity than x265 for the same coding efficiency.

Also at our booth (#SU11013) our friends at b<>com will demonstrate a live VR feed combining scene-based audio with a multiple camera VR system. HOA scene-based audio encoded using MPEG-H will be binauralized and delivered to a VR headset, where the essential component that scene-based audio provides to VR can be experienced with head-tracking. You can learn more about b<>com at NAB at booth #N2035-FP.

Check out the video below for a quick overview of scene-based audio, and please wear headphones for the best binaural audio experience:

Apr 20, 2017

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

Developer

Hardware-software convergence: Key skills to consider

Hardware-software convergence, or how hardware and software systems are working more closely together, illustrates how each are empowering (and sometimes literally powering) the other. And in our current development environment, this is happening more than ever. Of course, deep technical skills will be of the utmost importance to navigate this technological trend, but it is also the soft skills we apply to our engineering practices that are as important in determining our success.

What skills do developers need to nurture, and how do you put them to good use? In this piece, we’ll cover three soft skills developers can use to stay ahead of the hardware-software convergence, and share resources to help you grow and maintain those skills.

Creative inspiration

First off: Creative Inspiration. While it’s easy to identify your technical shortcomings and fill those gaps with training and practice, knowing which soft skills to hone can be a lot more complicated. In fact, you could even think of these soft skills as “mindsets,” since they’re more about how you approach a problem instead of just being a tool you use to solve it. For this first skill, it will be important to start approaching challenges antidisciplinarily, rather than relying on existing mental frameworks. That’s what being creative is all about – finding new ways of doing things.

So where do you start? Ask yourself this question: What is the dent you want to make in the universe? Begin from a place of passion – think about what problems and projects keep you up at night, and what issues big or small you want to solve.

Then, understand that creative inspiration is a process. What seems like overnight genius is often the result of many erroneous attempts (ex: Thomas Edison’s 1,000 or so attempts in creating the lightbulb) and then having the fortitude to gain deeper understanding of an issue to then apply your imagination. We particularly like the design thinking method, which encourages starting from a place of inspired empathy and developing knowledge through lean prototyping and iteration. The Stanford D.School has a Bootcamp Bootleg that you can download for a quick start guide to this design framework.

Apr 17, 2017