2021 will see continued global expansion of 5G devices and networks. As 5G continues to evolve, this year will be marked for advancing 5G with new system capabilities as well as expansion into vertical industries such as smart manufacturing, automotive, and more.
Vertical industries and new applications will benefit from enhanced indoor/outdoor positioning, advances in sub-7 GHz massive MIMO and mobile mmWave, sidelink technology applied in 5G V2X and Industrial IoT, multi-user immersive XR applications, and so on.
7/1 Qualcomm and Capgemini Announce Plan to Collaborate to Boost 5G Private Network Implementations for Industries
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a global leader in 5G, wireless communications and compute and Capgemini, have today announced their plan to collaborate to unlock the benefits of 5G private networks to support their clients’ digital transformation towards Intelligent Industry.
6/28 Qualcomm Unveils Industry’s First Release 16 5G Open RAN Platform for Small Cells
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced its second-generation Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells (FSM200xx), the industry’s first 3GPP Release 16 5G Open RAN platform. The new platform brings major enhancements to RF with its support for all commercial global mmWave and Sub-6 GHz bands, including the new n259 (41 GHz), n258(26 GHz) and FDD bands. Building on growing commercial momentum with FSM100xx, this next generation platform is primed to take powerful mmWave performance to more places, indoors and outdoors, and around the globe, while, in parallel, introducing new Sub-6 GHz opportunities with small cell densification in public and private networks.
6/28 Qualcomm Reveals 5G-Advanced Technologies and Experiences for Transforming Industries Worldwide
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled its latest research milestones and innovations for advancing the next chapter of 5G. The new and updated R&D over-the-air (OTA) testbeds and system simulations display Qualcomm Technologies’ continued leadership in enhancing the 5G system foundation to bring even more capacity, wider coverage, and lower latency to mobile operators and devices on a global scale. The testbeds and system simulations also highlight 5G’s horizontal capabilities to transform a wide range of industries from industrial IoT, automotive, enterprise, and more.
6/28 Qualcomm Upgrades its Premium Tier with Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the new Snapdragon® 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, a follow-on to the flagship Snapdragon 888. These two platforms power more than 130 designs announced or in development. Snapdragon 888 Plus fuels flagship experiences with intelligent entertainment, including AI-enhanced gameplay, streaming, photography, and more – backed by boosted performance, unrivaled speed, and premium connectivity. The platform is armed with the full arsenal of Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ features to harness the power of ultra-smooth responsiveness, color-rich HDR graphics, and mobile-first desktop-level. Compared to its predecessor, Snapdragon 888 Plus offers an increased Qualcomm® Kryo™ 680 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 3.0 GHz* and the 6th generation Qualcomm® AI Engine with up to 32 TOPS AI performance, which is more than 20% improvement.
6/28 Qualcomm Introduces New 5G Distributed Unit Accelerator Card to Drive Global 5G Virtualized RAN Growth
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the expansion of its 5G RAN Platforms portfolio with the addition of the Qualcomm® 5G DU X100 Accelerator Card. The Qualcomm 5G DU X100 is designed to enable operators and infrastructure vendors the ability to readily reap the benefits of high performance, low latency, and power efficient 5G, while accelerating the cellular ecosystem’s transition towards virtualized radio access networks.
6/28 Global Mobile Industry Leaders Commit to Support 5G mmWave
Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for 5G mmWave technology globally – including key players from a growing number of regions including China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Latin America, North America and South East Asia. The industry leaders aim to build on the existing momentum behind 5G mmWave, which allows them to address the significant increases in user data demand, and to expand the role of the mobile ecosystem in supporting economic development across many industries.
6/8 Qualcomm Debuts Powerful Roster of Cutting-Edge IoT Solutions, Purpose-Built to Drive Global Digital Transformation Across Industries
The opportunity to connect the unconnected has never been more prevalent. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is enabling an IoT ecosystem of 13,000+ IoT customers to date, helping to accelerate the digital transformation and development of connected products. Today, Qualcomm Technologies extends its support for the IoT ecosystem by introducing seven new solutions to help enable the proliferation of next-generation IoT devices: Qualcomm® QCS8250, Qualcomm® QCS6490/ QCM6490, Qualcomm® QCS4290/ QCM4290, and the Qualcomm® QCS2290/ QCM2290.
6/8 Nokia, Qualcomm and UScellular Hit Extended-Range 5G World Record Over mmWave
Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and UScellular today announced that they have achieved a world record extended range over mmWave of more than 10 km utilizing its 5G extended-range millimeter Wave (mmWave) solution on a commercial network. This milestone paves the way to bring extended range 5G service with massive capacity and low latency to even more regions across the U.S., including rural areas.
6/2 Jacobs, Peachtree Corners, and Qualcomm Collaborate to Deploy Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything Technology in Georgia Smart City
Jacobs, Peachtree Corners and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced joint efforts to deploy end-to-end smart solutions in one of the nation’s first smart city environments powered by real-world connected vehicle technology and infrastructure. As a part of the working relationship, Qualcomm Technologies serves as ecosystem enabler by providing technology solutions, while Jacobs manages the installation commission project delivery. The program aims to demonstrate the continued momentum of smart cities and spaces, with Peachtree Corners serving as a model for other municipalities as they look to deploy smart solutions and programs.
5/24 Qualcomm Expands Compute Portfolio with Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today debuted the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 7c Gen 2 compute platform, the second generation of the Company’s breakthrough entry-level platform for always on, always connected Windows PCs and Chromebooks with efficient performance and support for multi-day battery life. During the Qualcomm Snapdragon Compute: Scaling the Mobile Compute Ecosystem Virtual Announcement, the Company shared that devices powered by Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 will upgrade entry-level device experiences with enhanced camera and audio capabilities, integrated LTE connectivity, AI acceleration, enterprise-grade security features, and the long-lasting battery life that users deserve. The addition of Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 to the compute platform portfolio will enable customers to scale device offerings and address user demands.
5/21 Qualcomm Advances and Scales 5G IoT Industry, Unveiling Purpose-Built 5G Modem Optimized for IIoT
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. helps lead the IoT ecosystem forward by introducing the company’s first, purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) modem solution equipped with 5G connectivity and optimized for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. The Qualcomm® 315 5G IoT Modem-RF System is a comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution designed to support the IoT ecosystem in building upgradeable LTE and 5G devices for IoT verticals, accelerate the adoption of 5G connectivity for IoT, and expand the overall opportunity for 5G in the IoT industry. 5G was conceived as a broad connectivity fabric and today the momentum is beginning to exemplify the promised impact and growth of 5G for emerging applications including IoT. Acting as a catalyst for digital transformation, Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront enabling the ecosystem with the solutions to update existing IoT systems and make 5G for IoT a reality.
5/19 Qualcomm Announces New Features in Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System for Global 5G Expansion
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced new, upgraded features and capabilities to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X65 5G Modem-RF System. The upgrades build upon the fourth generation 5G modem-to-antenna solution, which was announced in February. As the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G and the first 3GPP release 16 modem-RF system, the software-upgradeable architecture allows future-proofing of solutions powered by the Snapdragon X65 which supports and enables acceleration of 5G expansion, while enhancing coverage, power efficiency and performance for users. Upgrades include improved power efficiency and support for wider mmWave carriers – a key requirement ahead of the rollout of 5G mmWave networks in China.
5/19 Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform; Showcases Mass Ecosystem Adoption
During the annual Qualcomm 5G Summit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 778G 5G Mobile Platform, which is slated to power upcoming high-tier smartphones from Honor, iQOO, Motorola, OPPO, Realme, and Xiaomi. Snapdragon 778G is designed to deliver cutting-edge mobile gaming and accelerated artificial intelligence (AI) to enable stunning photo and video experiences.
5/19 Qualcomm Announces World’s First 10 Gigabit 5G M.2 Reference Design to Accelerate 5G Adoption in New Segments
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X65 and X62 5G M.2 Reference Designs for accelerating 5G adoption across industry segments, including PCs, Always-Connected PCs (ACPCs), laptops, Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs), XR, gaming and other mobile broadband (MBB) devices.
5/11 EURECOM, France Brevets, IMT, Qualcomm to hold virtual 5G/Automotive Conference on May 19
In the third year of collaboration - EURECOM, France Brevets, IMT, and Qualcomm Incorporated- will host a virtual event on May 19, 2021 to share the success of their multilateral alliance which brings together technology experts, academic researchers, and other intellectual property professionals.
5/6 UScellular, Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Inseego Address Digital Divide with Multi-Gigabit Extended-Range 5G Milestone Over mmWave
UScellular, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Ericsson and Inseego today announced the companies have successfully achieved a 5G extended-range milestone over millimeter Wave (mmWave) on a commercial network.
5/4 Ookla Speedtest Data Reveals 5G mmWave Delivering Speeds 16 Times Faster than Sub-6 GHz
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced real-world test results demonstrating that 5G mmWave connectivity speeds on commercial devices is 16 times faster than 5G operating solely in sub-6 GHz frequencies.
4/29 Vodafone and Qualcomm Blueprint for Open RAN Vendor Diversification
Vodafone and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced plans to join forces to develop the technical blueprint for more equipment suppliers to help build the 5G networks of the future using Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology.
4/13 Qualcomm Announces Successful Data Calls Using 5G mmWave and Sub-6 GHz Aggregation
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the completion of 5G data calls that successfully combine millimeter wave (mmWave) with FDD or TDD sub-6GHz spectrum by utilizing 5G Standalone (SA) mode Dual Connectivity.
3/18 SoftBank Corp. Launches Multi-Gigabit 5G mmWave in Japan with Qualcomm Technologies
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that SoftBank Corp. has launched its 5G millimeter (mmWave) service in Japan – using devices based on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 5G Mobile Platforms and Modem-RF Systems.
2/24 5G mmWave Zone Shines at MWC Shanghai, Showcasing the Accelerated 5G Ecosystem Expansion
MWC Shanghai 2021, a prestigious annual event in the global mobile communications industry, opened on February 23.
2/9 Qualcomm Announces Next-Generation 5G RF Front End Solutions, Featuring Use of Artificial Intelligence for Sleeker, High Performance 10 Gigabit 5G Devices
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced its next generation of Qualcomm® RF Front End (RFFE) solutions for high-performance 5G mobile devices.
2/9 Qualcomm Announces Second-Generation 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform with 10 Gigabit 5G Connectivity for Homes and Businesses
New Qualcomm® 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform gen 2 Features Extended-Range 5G mmWave, Extended-Range 5G sub-6 GHz, and World’s First sub-6 GHz Support with 8 Receive Antennas to Help Accelerate Delivery of 5G to Consumers as a Plug-and-Play Alternative to DSL, Cable or Fiber
1/29 Qualcomm Opens New Research and Development Centre in France to Drive 5G Innovation
Qualcomm Communications SARL, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, today announced its plan to open a new 5G research and development (R&D) centre in France to work on the future evolution of 5G and beyond.
1/26 Qualcomm Drives 4G LTE and 5G Global Momentum for Connected Cars with Snapdragon Automotive Wireless Platforms
Qualcomm Technologies’ Comprehensive Portfolio of Wireless Solutions Now Used by Leading Automotive Companies Across the Globe to Meet Increasing Demand for Safety and Premium Driving Experiences
1/19 Qualcomm Announces Boosted Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 870 5G Mobile Platform, a follow-on to the flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus, which features an enhanced Qualcomm® Kryo™ 585 CPU prime core clock speed of up to 3.2 GHz.
1/19 Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Achieve World First, Record of 5Gbps 5G Download Speed on a Commercial Network
Telstra, in collaboration with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the successful completion of a new 5G maximum download speed record on a commercial network of 5Gbps for a single user.
1/14 Qualcomm’s Latest Flagship Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform to Power the New Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that its latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s latest and most cutting-edge smartphones,
1/9 Qualcomm and NIO Bring Immersive Driving Experiences with Intelligent Cockpit and 5G Technologies to NIO ET7
NIO ET7 to Feature 3rd Generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platforms and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive 5G Platforms in 2022
1/4 Qualcomm Expands 5G Capabilities to Mobile Devices Powered by New Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform, a First in the Snapdragon 4-Series
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 480 5G Mobile Platform, the first 4-series mobile platform equipped with 5G. Snapdragon 480 continues to help drive further proliferation of 5G, allowing users access to truly global 5G connectivity and series-defying performance to power in-demand productivity and entertainment experiences.