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CES 2017: Steve Mollenkopf and Qualcomm are not just talking about 5G – they’re making it happen [video]

Jan 5, 2017

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Watch Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf's keynote from CES 2017.

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The recap... (2-minute recap video below)

In 2035, when 5G’s full economic benefit should be realized across the globe, a broad range of industries--from retail to education, transportation to entertainment, and everything in between--could produce up to $12 trillion worth of goods and services enabled by 5G… [that’s] more than the combined consumer spending of China, Japan, France, Germany, and the U.K. last year.

Steve Mollenkopf on The 5G Economy study

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf stepped onto the CES stage earlier today in front of an eager audience and shared his and his company’s vision of the future. Or more specifically, the 5G future.

“5G isn’t an incremental improvement in connectivity, or even just a new generation of mobile,” said Mollenkopf, “5G will be a new kind of network, supporting a vast diversity of devices with unprecedented scale, speed and complexity.”

Mollenkopf added that in the lead up to 5G, billions of mobile devices with extraordinary power are uniting with advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, nanotechnology, and more—creating the Invention Revolution, an era of rapid innovation unlike anything humankind has ever seen. 

Central to Mollenkopf’s keynote were the results of The 5G Economy study, an independent research study commissioned by Qualcomm. We believe the findings, which are based on an international survey of more than 3,500 business decision makers, tech innovators, opinion leaders and tech enthusiasts highlight the global, economic, and social impacts of 5G in the coming decades.

The study found that 5G’s full economic effect will be realized across the globe by 2035, supporting a wide range of industries and potentially producing up to $12 trillion worth of goods and services. The study also revealed that the 5G value chain (OEMs, operators, content creators, app developers and consumers) could alone generate up to $3.5 trillion in overall aggregate revenue by 2035 and support up to 22 million jobs, or more than one job for every person in Beijing, China.

The audience listened intently as Mollenkopf spoke perhaps because it’s becoming clear that 5G will be the fabric that brings the Internet of Things (IoT) together—from appliances to autonomous vehicles* to drones, health care, wearables and, well… everything. And no company or CEO is better suited to lead the way on 5G than Qualcomm and Mollenkopf, respectively.

The truth is, Qualcomm has been driving 5G development for many years now, pushing the boundaries of LTE, collaborating with industry leaders, and spearheading the critical research behind the next-generation global wireless standard. It’s not just talking about 5G, it’s making it happen.

More highlights from Steve Mollenkopf’s CES 2017 keynote:

  • Where 5G will deliver the biggest advances: Mollenkopf shared how 5G will have the biggest impact: building immersive experiences such as virtual and augmented reality through constant connectivity, connecting everything via a massive number of sensors as part of the Internet of Things; and transforming industries, like transportation, by ensuring connectivity for those moments when failure is not an option. 
  • Snapdragon Flight demo – To highlight the role 5G will have in the deployment of mission-critical services — when safety is paramount and failed connections are not an option — as well as Qualcomm’s work in high-fidelity sensing, computer vision, machine learning, real-time control, and navigation, Mollenkopf and team ran a live demo of Snapdragon Flight. The demo featured a number of drones that were programmed to fly a set course, relying upon real-time, on-board processing and decision-making to avoid obstacles. This was the first time Qualcomm showed flight control and machine learning running together on a drone.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 – Small but mighty, Snapdragon 835 is the first chip to cross the 10 nanometer barrier and is purpose-built for streaming 360-degree 4K video at 60 fps over a gigabit-class LTE connection. For the demo, Qualcomm streamed two 4K videos (base station provided by Ericsson). A Snapdragon 835 development device stitched the videos together in real time and output the video to a display over HDMI. The audience “experienced” zip lining in Moab, Utah. The demo also showcased Snapdragon 835’s 360-degree audio capabilities.

This enormous feat of design and engineering marks an important turning point for our industry, as mobile sets the pace for shrinking processors with the leading process nodes, not PCs.

Steve Mollenkopf on the 10nm process used for the Snapdragon 835

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem – Announced a few months ago, the Snapdragon X50 is the first in a family of 5G modems, which will provide an anchor to early deployments of 5G and will be essential to these mmWave systems that will start trials and deployments in late 2017 and early 2018. Mollenkopf emphasized that the X50 is just the beginning of Qualcomm’s roadmap.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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3GPP starts study on 5G NR spectrum sharing

The second week of March 2017 was a momentous week for the global standardization of 5G, known as 5G New Radio or 5G NR. The big news was that 3GPP agreed on an accelerated 5G schedule that will enable 3GPP-based large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. This development is truly exciting and shows that the industry has come together and is working collaboratively toward the common goal of enabling early enhanced 5G mobile broadband deployments, while still ensuring forward compatibility, to enable the broader 5G vision.

But there were many other important outcomes of the 3GPP meeting, including one in particular that I want to expand on: the new study on 5G NR operating in unlicensed spectrum, both licensed-assisted and stand-alone. A study item is the first step in the 3GPP process of standardizing key technologies, and what makes this study item noteworthy is that this is the first time 3GPP will be studying the development of a cellular technology operating solely in unlicensed spectrum. It is also significant that the 3GPP-approved study includes a wide array of unlicensed spectrum ranges, all the way to 60 GHz also known as mmWave. The study will be led by Qualcomm together with other partners and will run through the beginning of 2018.

You may ask why this is such a big deal. It’s because 5G NR will proliferate around the world more broadly and more rapidly if all spectrum types can be used, especially unlicensed spectrum. Doing so will allow 5G to support more uses and deployments models so that many more entities will be able to enjoy the benefits of 5G in a much broader 5G ecosystem. Using unlicensed spectrum on a stand-alone basis enables a wider variety of new deployment scenarios, such as local area networks in dense deployments, so-called private IoT networks for enterprises or Industrial IoT (explicitly called out in the project descriptions in 3GPP), neighborhood networks, and neutral host deployments (where one deployment serves multiple operators). Examples where such private IoT networks can be deployed are anything from factories, ports, and mines to warehouses and smart buildings. Enabling the use of unlicensed spectrum assisted by licensed spectrum, will allow mobile operators to aggregate more spectrum to provide extreme bandwidths and more capacity (Figure 1). In other words, consumers will enjoy faster, better broadband if 5G uses unlicensed spectrum.

Apr 26, 2017


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