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Qualcomm at CES 2016: A photo retrospective

Jan 11, 2016

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At CES 2016, Qualcomm was everywhere—featuring new breakthroughs in areas from IoT to healthcare to autos, announcing new and exciting product developments, and sharing insights about what the future holds. Here’s a recap, in pictures.

Enter the Q. On Tuesday, January 5, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf broke two big news stories—Audi’s integration of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processor in its infotainment systems, and the commercial debut of Snapdragon 820 in the Letv Le Max Pro.

Big winners in Vegas. Lincoln Black and Sean Spillane, two contestants on Qualcomm’s Why Wait Invent-Off season one winning team, worked on putting together their “intellicar” to display to exhibitors and enthusiasts before the show began. The intellicar, which is built on an Arduino Yun board with Qualcomm wireless connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Android device, shows how information can be delivered intelligently to a mobile device to keep a driver aware of vehicle information.

Opening day! Qualcomm’s main booth featured a host of groundbreaking technologies, including devices from the product ecosystem and interactive exhibits. The major themes at the booth (and at CES) were about the possibilities enabled by connectivity: how devices, vehicles, and infrastructure can intelligently communicate with one another to create a more engaging and useful user experience.

Lights, camera, action. The booth also featured demos from start-ups and companies working with Qualcomm to develop new technologies. Colin Landforce, digital marketing manager at 3DR, a drone and UAV technologies company funded by Qualcomm Ventures, explains the features of the Solo smart drone—a drone equipped with a 4K camera, designed to keep steady as it records.

More demos.... Qualcomm and Audi teamed up to deliver an impressive infotainment and telematics solution to be featured in Audi’s 2017 models. Based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A, the demo showed viewers exactly what features will be available—from intuitive infotainment navigation to options for multiple displays, enabling drivers to keep their eyes on the road and kids in the backseat to keep theirs on the screens.

...and more devices. Qualcomm’s device wall gives just a glimpse of what products are enabled by Qualcomm® technologies, and how those devices can interact with each other. 

It’s all in the hips. Connected cars? Great. Connected homes? Neat. Connected clothing designed to make you a better golfer? Finally! Sensors report everything from posture to heart rate, and while they might not be able to select which iron to use (yet), they’ll certainly help add an edge to your game.


Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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Qualcomm Urban Mobility Index: Considerations for 35 global cities for future urban mobility [video]

The cities in which many of us live, work, and socialize are changing. There are now 28 megacities with populations of 10 million or more, and an additional 13 cities are expected to evolve into megacity status by 2030.

As anyone that lives or works in a major city can attest, rapid population growth can place extraordinary pressure on transportation networks. Roads are more congested, buses and trains become more crowded, and journeys take longer. If cities are to keep growing, city leaders must ensure that their citizens are able to travel freely and easily.

They must also consider the impact transportation has on the environment and citizens’ health. According to the International Energy Agency, transport emissions have grown more than 50% since 1990. It’s no surprise, then, that city leaders have a growing sense of responsibility around the long-term effects of air pollution. And our national leaders have committed to reducing CO2 emissions through The Paris Agreement signed in 2015.

The ultimate goal is to create a city where millions of people can travel quickly, efficiently, and without doing harm to the environment or themselves — essentially, a zero-emissions transportation solution.

Electric vehicles, autonomous cars, zero emissions public transport, ride sharing, financial penalties, zero-emissions zones, and more are all being considered or actively promoted as part of the solution. However, whether there’s an ideal approach — and what that might be — remains unclear.

To better understand where we stand globally on the road to sustainable urban mobility, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. sponsored an Urban Mobility Index created by Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). The Index tracks the progress of 35 major cities from around the world in their efforts to reduce emissions. Which city will be the first to eliminate all emissions from public and private transportation? Keep reading.

Here’s what we learned:

  • Oslo is set to be the first city to cut all emissions from its transportation network closely followed by other European cities such as London and Amsterdam. Their position as leaders stems from common traits in their commitment to the zero emissions agenda and a holistic approach to achieving it. Citizens are encouraged to travel using more environmentally-friendly transport like electric vehicles and green public transport. This is done via a range of incentives, penalties, and investments in making alternatives practical options compared to polluting vehicles.
  • Other European cities, including Zurich, Copenhagen, and Madrid, are also clear leaders in deploying an emissions reduction strategy thanks to their advanced economic development, recent decades of investment in sustainable infrastructure, and a sophisticated approach that combines a broad range of initiatives.
  • North American cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, are being held back by a love of petrol cars and reluctance among leaders to use strong regulation and penalties to change behaviour — tactics already common in Europe.
  • Asian cities, like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore, are the most ambitious in the solutions they imagine. They’re investing heavily in visionary technologies, but face significant challenges to reduce their current high levels of congestion and pollution.

According to the Index, where 100% means a city is operating a completely zero emissions transportation network, the top and bottom five cities are:

Apr 25, 2017


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


Qualcomm Technologies leading the pack to help make 600 MHz mobile devices a reality

The FCC recently announced the end of bidding in the auction of the 600 MHz spectrum and that the results will be released soon. Qualcomm Technologies is ready for the much-awaited deployment of 600 MHz spectrum. We have been involved in the FCC proceedings from the beginning to ensure that the band plan was technically optimal and could be efficiently incorporated into products in a timely and cost effective manner.

This prime, low-band spectrum will bring greater capacity and improved coverage to mobile operators’ networks — important benefits for consumers — but it also comes with new antenna design challenges for OEMs, because it stretches the range of frequencies supported in mobile devices, such as smartphones, to new extremes at the low end of the radio spectrum.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and RF transceiver have been designed with 600 MHz band capability. Our advanced RF Front End (RFFE) technologies, such as dynamic antenna tuning, are designed to minimize the OEM design impact in extending their devices’ frequency range to operate in the 600 MHz band without having to increase antenna size or compromise RF performance. In the evolution towards 5G, dynamic antenna tunability will be critical in accommodating the rapidly expanding frequency range of antennas in mobile devices while minimizing the impact on their form factors.

We are working closely with operators and OEMs to facilitate early launches of 600 MHz-capable 4G multimode/multiband devices, incorporating our industry-leading modem, transceiver, and RFFE technologies as part of our Snapdragon mobile platforms.

[UPDATED 4/25/2017: Qualcomm Technologies has confirmed support of 600 MHz in the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem featured in the Snapdragon 835 mobile platformand the WTR5975 RF transceiver that it pairs with.]

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