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How is mobile innovation accelerating the PC product lifecycle? [video]

Qualcomm Technologies is helping re-engineer a decades-old industry by truly defining the Always Connected PC and speeding up the PC innovation cycle

It’s no secret that mobile users are craving the new sleek, innovative form factors and always-on, always connected experiences from their laptops and 2-in-1s that they experience with their smartphones. Until recently, there’s been a major innovation bottleneck slowing the creation of new, truly mobile PCs to meet this growing user demand. While manufacturers have been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, they’ve been held back from reaching their full mobile potential due to the limitations of what’s inside the device at the platform and processor levels. Qualcomm Technologies is breaking this paradigm by helping to truly define the Always Connected PC* and accelerate the product innovation lifecycle in the PC ecosystem to bring these products to life.

What is the Always On, Always Connected PC?

Last month, we shared 5 ways Snapdragon-powered Always On, Always Connected PCs are driving new mobile experiences. Let’s review the category-defining features that the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform is designed to deliver to make these user experiences possible. You’ll quickly realize that so-called competing solutions just cannot measure up. PCs that don’t meet the following requirements do not meet the definition of an always on, always connected PC.

  • Beyond all-day battery: Up to 20+ hours of continuous video playback – up to two times better than competing solutions in similar form factors. In typical workloads, you can go beyond all-day on a single charge1

  • Instant on: As soon as you press the on button, your screen is live – just like your smartphone. Competing solutions may claim to do this, but the reality is after a certain amount of time, competing devices typically go into a sleep or hibernate mode to save battery life. When the device does this, it is no longer connected -- so in reality, they are not always connected

  • Connected standby: Your email, social networks, apps, and notifications are always up to date; no waiting to sync. Due to the extended battery life and power-sipping design, users can be in connected standby for up to four to five times longer than competing solutions, just like a smartphone

  • Continuous connectivity*: With built-in Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi, effortlessly switch to maintain a continuous, convenient connection virtually wherever you go. There is no battery life penalty when using LTE, which means you can connect almost anywhere without worrying about unnecessarily draining your battery

  • Lightning-fast LTE speeds: LTE connection speeds from about 800 Mbps to Gigabit LTE means up to three to seven times faster than average broadband speeds

  • Location aware: Built-in support for six satellite systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS GPS means faster responses with navigation and location-based services nearly wherever you are on the planet

  • Thin, quiet, and cool: Thermally efficient, multi-core 10nm design means devices are capable of concurrent sustained workloads yet are sleek, fan-less, and stay cool

  • The Windows 10 you know: A familiar Windows 10 experience means you can run full-featured apps to maximize your productivity and entertainment on-the-go for the ultimate mobile PC experience

Bringing the speed of mobile innovation to PCs

You may be surprised to learn that a typical PC innovation cycle lasts about 24 months. At Qualcomm Technologies, we see invention and innovation differently. With a more than 30 year track record in mobile, we’re bringing our speed in smartphone innovation to accelerate the mobile PC product lifecycle. Working with our mobile PC ecosystem collaborators, new products are commercializing 50 to 75 percent faster. The result? Consumers don’t have to wait two years to enjoy new mobile experiences.

OEMs are excited by this potential, as our mobile innovation cycle is usually only six to 12 months. That means our typical roadmap supports introducing new and leading platforms annually, and in some cases, semi-annually. Because Qualcomm technologies are at the core of the smartphone revolution that has connected billions of devices, PC users will see the benefit of this fast development time and our ability to scale globally. And as smartphone designs evolve, so does our technology and our ability to drive and support rapid innovation.

This year, we joined forces with PC leaders including Lenovo, ASUS, and HP to create Always On, Always Connected 2-in-1 laptops with features like Gigabit LTE (the PC industry’s first announced), sub-7mm thin form factors, and cutting-edge, breakthrough battery life. To make these ideas come to life, these leading manufacturers needed to shrink their boards (PCBs), which required a fresh approach to the engineering process. With Qualcomm Technologies’ ability to integrate multiple components – from CPU, GPU, LTE modem, and more – onto a single chip, these mobile PCs are now becoming available with the Lenovo Miix 630, ASUS NovaGo, and the HP ENVY x2.

But our work on Always On, Always Connected PCs is just beginning. We’re working to deliver new waves of mobile PCs and push the boundaries of innovation and time to commercialization. Our goal is to demonstrate true synchronization between PC and mobile innovation cycles, making state-of-the-art devices available faster than ever.

In short, our goals are to accelerate mobile innovation and stimulate competition. During the past decade, our innovation has contributed to several new OEMs’ ability to enter the worldwide mobile ecosystem, and this has resulted in truly cutting-edge smartphone designs. Likewise, as we support more entrants in the PC market, you’ll see the innovation continue with remarkable new products never thought possible.


1. QTI test results – 60 percent screen-on/40 percent screen-off and standby configuration

*Requires network connection

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.