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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Qualcomm: What's Next in 5G

In a webcast in lieu of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm showcased some of its R&D project for "What's Next in 5G."

Here are the highlights:
  • Advanced 5G Massive MIMO OTA test network: This end-to-end system operating in 3.5 GHz highlights key innovations to further improve the network capacity and user experience benefits of multi-user massive MIMO and to enable of wide-area, low-latency services such as augmented reality.
  • 5G wide-area technology evolution: To demonstrate the future of 5G wide-area networks and devices beyond 2020, this demo models the performance of new features such as full duplex MIMO and accurate device positioning technologies, and introduces new data management approaches for IOT.
  • Real-world experiences over an outdoor mmWave OTA test network: A 28 GHz end-end demonstration of advanced approaches for mmWave mobility, robustness and performance under different real-life operation scenarios, bringing enhanced and new mobile experiences.
  • The evolution of 5G mobile mmWave technology: Models the system performance of of new mmWave network and device features coming in Release 16+ that will simplify network densification, elevate system performance, and enhance device efficiency.
  • 5G factory of the future: This live demonstration in our industrial 5G test network showcases the benefits of some of the upcoming 5G capabilities for industrial automation such as time sensitive networking (TSN) and enhanced ultra-reliable low latency communication (eURLLC).
  • Precise positioning over an indoor 5G network: Demonstration of sub-meter 3D positioning for industrial IoT applications, such as asset tracking and automated guided vehicle control, by utilizing multiple 5G transmission points to measure time difference of arrival.
  • 5G NR Cellular-to-Everything (C-V2X) : 3GPP Release 16 brings additional C-V2X capabilities based on 5G NR to complement C-V2X with new and advanced use cases. In this 5G NR C-V2X demonstration we show how sensor sharing using distance-based reliability can improve reaction time across challenging radio environments, both as an interactive simulation and in an over-the-air Release 16 aligned prototype.

“Our R&D work continues to provide breakthrough technologies that help drive the mobile ecosystem forward,” said John Smee, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are now in 2020 and it’s the beginning of the 5G era. It’s a great time for us to demonstrate the innovations we’ve been working on in our labs to set the stage for what to expect in the coming year.”



https://www.qualcomm.com/company/events/whats-next-in-5g


Qualcomm cites momentum for its 5G mmWave small cells platform

Qualcomm Technologies cited growing support for its 5G RAN platform (FSM100xx), which was first announced in May 2018 and it has since been adopted by many manufacturers and cellular infrastructure providers.

The platform support mmWave radio access for indoor and outdoor network densification.

“With the continued growth and adoption of our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform, Qualcomm Technologies aims to deliver cutting-edge 5G mmWave infrastructure technology to power 5G small cell and remote radio head infrastructure across the globe,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Combined with the power and flexibility to support virtual RAN and open radio access interfaces, our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform is designed to allow infrastructure providers the ability to solve pressing connectivity issues and give its users increased access to the reliable, robust and powerful mobile experiences enabled by 5G. We are pleased that leading 5G infrastructure innovators are choosing our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform for their network solutions, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead.”

Supporters include Airspan, Altiostar, Baicells, Corning, Radisys, Rakuten, Samsung, Sercomm, the Small Cell Forum, and Verizon.

Qualcomm intros 5G NR for Small Cells and Remote Radio Heads

Qualcomm introduced the first 5G NR solution for small cells and remote radio head deployments. The new device (FSM100xx), which builds on Qualcomm's FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells, support 5G NR in both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum.

Qualcomm said its 5G NR solutions allows OEMs to reuse both software and hardware designs across sub-6 and mmWave products, supporting high-bandwidth and robust coverage for mobile subscribers around the globe. Given the propagation characteristics of 5G NR’s higher frequencies (especially mmWave), solutions are needed to support delivery of uniform 5G experiences, especially indoors where most data is consumed.

The FSM100xx solution scales to address outdoor small cell performance requirements such as support for MIMO implementation and multi-gigabit throughput, as well as support indoor requirements such as compact form factor and power over Ethernet (PoE) support. It also includes a software-defined modem, designed to facilitate OEMs to readily upgrade their devices to comply with future 3GPP releases. Additionally, this 5G NR solution supports various options for interface splits between central unit (CU) and remote radio head, providing OEMs and operators with the flexibility to use a 5G radio access network architecture that best fits their needs, such as a virtualized 5G architecture that is designed to deliver scalability through the cloud or a more distributed architecture to ease fronthaul requirements.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Corning announces 5G mmWave in-building network systems with Qualcomm

Corning is working with Qualcomm to develop 5G mmWave infrastructure systems for enterprises and public venues.

The 5G systems combine Qualcomm's 5G and mmWave technology with Corning’s small-cell expertise to deliver affordable and easy-to-install 5G-ready networks indoors.

The Corning systems will deliver 5G–NR capability over mmWave spectrum in the indoor segment, which includes enterprises such as offices, university campuses, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers, and more. The 5G systems will leverage Corning’s virtualized RAN architecture to manage the attached mmWave small cells.

“Corning has decades of experience designing, installing, and conditioning advanced cellular networks,” said Michelle Engarto, vice president, wireless product line management, Corning Optical Communications. “Our experience in network design and knowledge of varying and distinct customer requirements will benefit customers as we navigate the complexities associated with 5G mmWave indoors. By combining the technology leadership and experience from Corning and Qualcomm Technologies, we aim to offer a compelling and affordable solution for 5G mmWave systems specifically developed with the enterprise in mind.”

“Corning and Qualcomm Technologies have a history of delivering infrastructure innovation spanning LTE, LTE-U/LAA, CBRS, and more,” said Puneet Sethi, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are now pleased to be ramping our fruitful relationship with Corning into the 5G era. We expect this marriage of Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G mmWave technology leadership with Corning’s industry-proven small-cell and enterprise expertise to deliver the capacity and performance benefits of 5G mmWave indoors, via development of cost effective, powerful, and scalable 5G mmWave infrastructure.”

Verizon and Corning collaborate on 5G in buildings

Corning and Intel announced a partnership focused on 5G in buildings.

The work will leverage Corning’s wireless connectivity portfolio and Intel technologies, including second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel FlexRAN 5G and 4G Reference Software, Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000, and 10/25/40Gb Intel Ethernet 700 Series Network Adapters to support 5G innovation as deployments proliferate around the world.

“5G will enable dramatic advances in the way people work and companies create value,” said Michelle Engarto, vice president, Wireless Product Line Management, Corning Optical Communications. “Capturing the benefits will require flexible and scalable infrastructure that can evolve and adapt as fast as software-based applications.  Fiber offers effectively unlimited bandwidth and is protocol agnostic. Virtualization converts a traditional hardware challenge into a software-based solution. By combining fiber and virtualization, Corning and Intel will demonstrate the ultimate in flexibility and scalability for in-building 5G infrastructure.”

The new enterprise platform will be commercially available in 2020.

In addition, Verizon has installed 5G Ultra Wideband service in Corning’s fiber optic cable manufacturing facility in Hickory, NC. The companies are also working together to co-innovate new 5G-enabled solutions that can potentially revolutionize the way goods and services are produced.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon X60 Modem-RF

Qualcomm introduced its third-generation 5G smartphone solution – its Snapdragon X60 Modem-RF System with support across a mix of frequency bands (mmWave, sub-6 GHz including low bands), band types (5G FDD and TDD), and deployment modes (SA and NSA).

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) enables operators to deploy 5G on low frequency FDD bands already in use for LTE. 5G FDD-TDD carrier aggregation support in Snapdragon X60 then allows the operator to increase capacity and coverage. Additionally, with mmWave-sub6 aggregation, operators can dramatically increase their peak throughput to surpass 5.5 Gbps.

Highlights of the Snapdragon X60:

  • 5nm process node for the 5G baseband chip packs higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint.
  • Support for 5G FDD-TDD sub-6 carrier aggregation helps networks maximize their spectrum resources for coverage and peak speeds.
  • Support for 5G TDD-TDD sub-6 carrier aggregation allows SA networks to double peak speeds (compared to Snapdragon X55).
  • mmWave-sub6 aggregation unlocks a gamut of options for operators to achieve the best of both worlds – network capacity and coverage.
  • The new Qualcomm QTM535 mmWave antenna module introduced with Snapdragon X60 is smaller than the previous generation and allows new, sleek mmWave smartphone designs, with improved mmWave performance.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/onq/2020/02/18/introducing-snapdragon-x60-raising-global-5g-performance-bar-worlds-most

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Qualcomm cites 5G momentum but warns of unknown coronavirus impact

Qualcomm reported revenue of $5.077 billion for its fiscal first quarter ended December 29, 2019, up 5% compared to a year ago. GAAP net income amounted to $925 million, down 13% yoy.

"Our strong fiscal first quarter financial performance reflects a significant inflection point for Qualcomm as we begin to realize the benefits from the ramp of 5G,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of QualcommIncorporated.

Qualcomm said over 275 5G devices have been announced or are in development, spanning multiple price tiers, based on its silicon. As of December, the three major Korean operators are serving a total of 4.7 million 5G subscribers. In China, over 13 million 5G handsets have been sold.

On an earnings conference call, company executives stressed that there is "significant uncertainty around the impact from the coronavirus on handset demand and supply chain."

Monday, January 6, 2020

Qualcomm intros dual-MAC Wi-Fi chip for cars

Qualcomm introduced a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.1 chip for automotive applications.

The dual-MAC Qualcomm Automotive Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth combination chip (QCA6595AU) is designed to deliver 1 Gbps performance. It is complementary to the Qualcomm Automotive Wi-Fi 6 dual-MAC chip (QCA6696), which can reach nearly 1.8 Gbps of throughput, as well as to the Wi-Fi 5 single MAC chip (QCA6574AU), which offers up to 867 Mbps of throughput. 

The QCA6595AU offers 2x2 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) 5 GHz and 1x1 single-input, single-output (SISO) 2.4 GHz dual-band simultaneous (DBS) operation.  The combination of MIMO plus SISO can offer high-speed 5GHz Wi-Fi throughout the vehicle, while supporting legacy 2.4 GHz devices and high-quality Bluetooth.  Up to 32 clients can be connected with improved WPA3 protocols for increased security.

The QCA6595AU also supports high data rate Wi-Fi 5 connections to external access points for automotive services, such as vehicle diagnostics, software updates and automatic check-ins when pulling up to dealerships.  Bluetooth 5.1 includes support for Bluetooth Smart Long Range, Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) for advanced device direction finding to achieve sub-meter relative location accuracy.  Additionally, when paired with Qualcomm® Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms or Qualcomm® Snapdragon Automotive Wireless Solutions, Qualcomm Technologies Wi-Fi chips benefit from Internet Protocol Acceleration (IPA) hardware, offloading the Snapdragon platform and solutions from Internet Protocol (IP) firewall and routing responsibilities for the Wi-Fi data path, allowing the processor to be available for other infotainment or telematics applications.

“With in-vehicle experiences advancing at a rapid rate for drivers and passengers, automakers expect robust, low-latency connectivity options beyond the premium segment,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As the automotive industry’s first MIMO and SISO Dual MAC Wi-Fi 5 combo solution, the QCA6595AU offers a great mix of features and performance, demonstrating Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to offering the most complete portfolio of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products to the automotive industry.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Qualcomm packs a punch with its Snapdragon 865 5G

Qualcomm unveiled its latest flagship mobile chipset- the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform, which combines an advanced 5G Modem-RF System with the processing capabilities to power the next generation of flagship mobile devices.

At a media event in Hawaii, Qualcomm execs previewed camera, audio, and gaming experiences that made possible by the whopping 15 TOPS of AI performance delivered by the new 7nm chipset. This includes the option for real-time translations of a phone conversation to another language. Imaging possibilities include the ability to capture in 4K HDR with over a billion shades of color, capture 8K video, or snap massive 200-megapixel photos.

Snapdragon 865 5G highlights:

  • Compatible with both 5G standalone and non-standalone modes  
  • Multi-gigabit downlink speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps 
  • Support for all key regions and frequency bands from 5G mmWave and sub-6, TDD and FDD, to SA and NSA modes
  • Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS)
  • 5G mmWave specs: 800 MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2x2 MIMO
  • 5G sub-6 GHz specs: 200 MHz bandwidth, 4x4 MIMO
  • LTE including CBRS support
  • 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine packs 2x the performance of its predecessor. Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator pushes 15 trillion operations per second
  • Dolby Vision video capture
  • 8K video recording
  • 200 megapixel photos
  • Simultaneously captures 4K HDR video and 64 MP photos
  • Qualcomm Sensing Hub ensures highly accurate voice detection and always-on contextual awareness for smarter virtual assistants
  • Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU delivers up to 25% performance boost from its predecessor
  • Wi-Fi Standards: 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6-ready), 802.11ad, 802.11ay, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 technology features: MU-MIMO (Uplink and Downlink), 8x8 sounding, OFDMA (Uplink and Downlink), 1024 QAM, Dual-band simultaneous (DBS), WPA3 security support, Target Wake Time
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB 3.1, USB-C


“Snapdragon 865 supports the world’s most advanced 5G connectivity and features, raising the bar for what a mobile device should be,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “It’s the culmination of Qualcomm’s more than 30 years of wireless leadership and innovation.”

https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-865-5g-mobile-platform

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Qualcomm and Siemens test 5G private standalone in 3.7-3.8GHz band

by Benedict Chua, Assistant Editor

Qualcomm and Siemens conducted a joint proof-of-concept project at the Siemens Automotive Test Center in Nuremberg, Germany that demonstrated the first private 5G standalone (SA) network in the 3.7-3.8GHz band.

Qualcomm is providing the 5G test network and 5G industrial test devices that run on our foundational 5G technologies, and Siemens is supplying industrial end-devices like automated guided vehicles (AGV).


“We are excited to announce our 5G private network proof-of-concept collaboration project with Siemens. This project will provide invaluable real-world learnings that both companies can apply to future deployments and marks an important key milestone as 5G moves into industrial automation,” said Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. & President, Qualcomm Europe/MEA. “Combining our 5G connectivity capabilities with Siemens’ deep industry know-how will help us deploy technologies, refine solutions, and work to make the smart industrial future a reality.”

Spark New Zealand pilots private 5G solution from Huawei

by Benedict Chua, Assitant Editor

Spark New Zealand is testing a private 5G solution from Huawei to provide connectivity for a sailboat from Emirates Team New Zealand ahead of the next America’s Cup.

The trial 5G service, which covers parts of Auckland Harbour, off Milford and Takapuna,is an extension of Spark’s existing 5G Lab in Wynyard Quarter in downtown Auckland, and uses test spectrum on loan from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

It is delivered using Huawei equipment.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Qualcomm Ventures targets 5G Ecosystem Fund

Qualcomm Ventures launched a global 5G Fund, which will invest up to $200M over the next 4-5 years in startups helping build the 5G ecosystem.

The fund was announced at Qualcomm Ventures’ 15th annual CEO Summit, which was held last week in San Diego.

“5G will transform industries and should be viewed as a business strategy for all,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “The intent of this fund is to fuel innovative 5G businesses that will be poised to take advantage of the $13.2T economic benefit that 5G will enable by 2035.”

Last year, Qualcomm announced the launch of the Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund, with a focus on investing in innovative startups using on-device AI.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/10/24/qualcomm-launches-200m-5g-investment-fund

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Qualcomm strengthens RF business with RF360 consolidation

Qualcomm acquired the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte., a joint venture with TDK Corp., for approximately US$3.1 billion.

The joint venture has produced RF front-end (RFFE) filters which enable Qualcomm Technologies to deliver complete 4G/5G RFFE solutions.

Qualcomm said the acquisition enables it to provide customers a complete end-to-end solution from modem to antenna, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System, including the world’s first commercial 5G NR sub-6 and mmWave solutions, integrating power amplifiers, filters, multiplexers, antenna tuning, LNAs, switching and envelope tracking products[2].

Qualcomm’s second generation RFFE solutions for its 5G portfolio will further enable OEM customers to design thin, high-performance, battery-efficient 5G multimode devices at scale and on time. Qualcomm Technologies’ system-level innovations such as wideband envelope tracking and adaptive antenna tuning intelligently combine the modem and RFFE to help achieve best-in-class 4G/5G power efficiency, data speeds and coverage. Due to the complexity of 5G, with its new spectrum and wider bandwidths, Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced RFFE solutions are very well-positioned to win future smartphone designs.

“Our goal in the formation of this joint venture was to enhance Qualcomm Technologies’ front-end solutions to enable us to deliver a truly complete solution to the mobile device ecosystem, and we have done exactly that,” said Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are excited about the strong adoption of Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems in virtually all of our 150+ 5G design wins. Our systems approach has created a benchmark for 5G RFFE performance.”

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Qualcomm intros mmWave module for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

Qualcomm introduced a mmWave antenna module for 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) CPE. The company says its QTM527 mmWave antenna module for the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System will open up the market for mobile operators to offer fixed internet broadband services to homes and businesses using their 5G network infrastructure.

The goal is to enable 5G fixed wireless access CPEs that can be deployed on a roof or in a window to receive a 5G signal.

The Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module builds on prior mmWave technology breakthroughs to extend 5G beyond the smartphone.

Qualcomm's QTM527 mmWave antenna module supports up to 64 dual polarization antenna elements for optimal and extended mmWave range. It suppors beam forming, beam steering and beam tracking for bi-directional communication, along with global band support for compatibility in every major region around the world.

“Our comprehensive Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System architecture and mmWave innovation drives best in class 5G performance and scale. With this new extended-range solution, we deliver yet another major mmWave breakthrough and allow operators to provide enhanced fixed broadband services with broad coverage in urban, suburban and rural environments,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Sampling is underway.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/09/06/qualcomm-announces-worlds-first-fully-integrated-extended-range-mmwave

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Qualcomm to appeal EC ruling

Qualcomm will appeal the recent ruling from the  European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition that Qualcomm engaged in predatory pricing practices for some sales of three cellular baseband chipsets to two customers.  The violations were found to have occurred during a few calendar quarters between 2009 and 2011. The EC subsequently has fined Qualcomm 242 million euros. 

Qualcomm said its will appeal the finding to the General Court of the European Union. Qualcomm intends to provide a financial guarantee in lieu of paying the fine while the appeal is pending.

“The Commission spent years investigating sales to two customers, each of whom said that they favored Qualcomm chips not because of price but because rival chipsets were technologically inferior.  This decision is unsupported by the law, economic principles or market facts, and we look forward to a reversal on appeal,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.

 “The Commission’s decision is based on a novel theory of alleged below-cost pricing over a very short time period and for a very small volume of chips. There is no precedent for this theory, which is inconsistent with well-developed economic analysis of cost recovery, as well as Commission practice. Contrary to the Commission’s findings, Qualcomm's alleged conduct did not cause anticompetitive harm to Icera, the company that filed the complaint. Icera was later acquired by Nvidia for hundreds of millions of dollars and continued to compete in the relevant market for several years after the end of the alleged conduct. We cooperated with Commission officials every step of the way throughout the protracted investigation, confident that the Commission would recognize that there were no facts supporting a finding of anti-competitive conduct.  On appeal we will expose the meritless nature of this decision.”         

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Qualcomm loses in antitrust case brought by FTC

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Qualcomm in an antitrust case filed by the Federal Trade Commission in 2017.

The ruling cites anticompetitive behavior by Qualcomm in its technology licensing practices. The requires Qualcomm to rethink its business model and renegotiate the fees its charges to smartphone manufacturers.

Qualcomm is expected to appeal.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Qualcomm and Google enable 5G app tuning on Android

Qualcomm is working with Google to optimize applications for 5G using developer APIs in Android Q.

Specifically, the next release of Android will allow applications to detect the performance of 5G connectivity on Android devices, allowing the application to optimize the experience for multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency.

The companies said that the exposure of new network performance information such as 5G throughput estimation will enable applications to deliver superior quality video, audio and responsiveness, while opening doors to the next wave of breakthrough applications and 5G-enabled experiences.

“4G enabled a new wave of disruptive mobile applications and services, essentially serving as the foundation for the smartphone revolution, and we believe 5G will be even more transformative,” said Francesco Grilli, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Android is the platform for innovation, proven by the speed with which it is able to embrace technological advances like 5G,” said Bob Borchers, vice president of marketing, platforms and ecosystems, Google. “We’re excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies at Google I/O to support developers and the larger ecosystem in unlocking 5G’s full potential.”

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/05/07/qualcomm-enables-developers-power-5g-app-revolution-android

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Qualcomm's revenue dips, Apple settlement to bring $4.5 billion

Qualcomm reported revenue of $5.0 billion for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2019, down from $5.2 billion for the same period last year. Net income was $0.9 billion, down 19% from the $1.2 billion last year.

Qualcomm said its recent settlement with Apple should result in estimated revenues of $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion, consisting of a payment from Apple and the release of
obligations to pay or refund Apple and the contract manufacturers certain customer-related liabilities.

“We delivered a better than expected quarter with earnings per share above the high end of our estimates, reflecting stronger QTL results and solid execution in QCT,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are also pleased to have reached multi-year agreements with Apple and look forward to continuing to support them as a customer. We are executing well on our strategic priorities as 5G commercial launches begin around the world. "

https://investor.qualcomm.com/static-files/407b8d26-44a3-45ba-8b99-6c8f137bc035



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Aquantia and Qualcomm collaborate on 5G fixed CPE

Aquantia is collaborating Qualcomm Technologies on next-generation 5G NR fixed wireless access broadband equipment for high-speed Internet delivery to the customer premises.

The consumer premises equipment (CPE) platform will feature the Aquantia AQtion Multi-Gig Ethernet Controllers AQC107 (10GbE) and AQC111C (5GbE), which can be used in conjunction with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem available from Qualcomm Technologies.

The companies expect the first deployment in the United States in the first half of 2020. Aquantia has supplied samples of the reference design to early customers.

The Aquantia AQtion AQC107 is a high-performance, 5-speed, 10 G PCI Express (PCIe)–to–Multi-Gig Ethernet controller that integrates PCIe, MAC, and PHY to provide power and space-efficient connectivity for client systems. An x4/x2/x1 PCIe interface enables the AQC107 to easily handle up to 10Gbps line-rate performance while delivering maximum flexibility. The AQrate PHY technology integrated into the AQC107 delivers up to 10 Gbps network connectivity speed through 100 m of Cat 6a and up to 5 Gbps network connectivity speed on legacy Cat 5e or Cat 6 cabling.

The Aquantia AQtion AQC111C is a high-performance, Multi-Gig Ethernet controllers housed in a compact 9 x 9 mm package. Its ultra-small footprint and low-cost design makes it the perfect solution for embedded platforms as well as other PCIe LAN on Motherboard (LOM) implementations. By offering Multi-Gig Ethernet speeds of up to 5 and 2.5 GbE, Aquantia AQtion AQC111C offers flexible design options for a variety of networked devices including OEMs of consumer premises equipments, PCs and any device using a motherboards which to offer a seamless, Multi-Gig upgrade path.

“For more than 30 years, Qualcomm has provided foundational wireless technologies that help to transform industries. We are continuing that legacy by providing a robust platform designed to support seamless 5G connectivity in the connected home and enterprises, powered by our second generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem with support for both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands,” said, Gautam Sheoran, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to work with Aquantia, as the use of our 5G connectivity platform with their Multi-Gig wired backhaul in the connected home and enterprises can help support the growth of connected devices and provide unsurpassed user experience.”

“Aquantia is very pleased to work with Qualcomm Technologies on this new class of service provider access device,” said LK Bhupathi, Vice President of Marketing at Aquantia. “Use of the Snapdragon X55 5G modem with Aquantia’s Multi-Gig wired backhaul has the potential to create new business models beyond what has traditionally been offered by Internet service providers. More importantly it can also spur the delivery of rich content services such as ultra-high definition video streaming, cloud gaming and virtual reality.”


Monday, April 1, 2019

Keysight and Qualcomm test first 5G NR data call in FDD mode

Keysight Technologies and Qualcomm announced the first 5G New Radio (NR) data call in the Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) mode.

The industry milestone was achieved using Qualcomm Technologies’ second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem with integrated multi-mode support and Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions. Keysight enables device makers to validate 5G NR multi-mode (FDD and TDD) designs in both non-standalone (NSA) and stand-alone (SA) modes.

“Our close 5G collaboration with Keysight, initiated more than two years ago, has resulted in yet another great achievement. Such collaborations have accelerated our ability to power upcoming 5G launches in 2019 and enrich the lives of consumers,” said Prashant Dogra, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Keysight’s first-to-market 5G solutions enable OEMs using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem to speed validations of 5G devices that are used for a wide range of exciting use cases,” stated Lucas Hansen, senior director in Keysight's wireless test group. “These use cases include smartphones with download speeds of up to 7 Gbps, as well as industrial IoT, always-connected PCs and fixed wireless access applications.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Qualcomm offers Mesh Wi-Fi design kit for Amazon Alexa

Qualcomm is introducing a development kit for mesh Wi-Fi networks, qualified by Amazon, to integrate the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This helps manufacturers to quickly create mesh Wi-Fi systems with Alexa for bringing the convenience of voice control to connected devices throughout the home.

Voice control is becoming a new way for consumers to be able to more easily manage their smart home devices. The addition of Alexa, integrated via the ClearVoice far-field voice enhancement software solution from Meeami Technologies, makes it easy for mesh networking manufacturers to provide leading voice capabilities to their customers layered on the Qualcomm Wi-Fi mesh platforms.

“Mesh networks have become the new standard to support the best possible connected experience in the home. By adding Amazon’s advanced voice capabilities through the Alexa Voice Service, we are unlocking new opportunities for customers to enable exciting new smart home experiences controlled with the simplicity of voice,” said Nick Kucharewski, vice president and general manager, Wireless Infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “By integrating our mesh platform with Alexa, we create a powerful development kit that is designed to enable device manufacturers to quickly and economically bring innovative new products to market and meet the development speed of this fast-growing market.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Qualcomm shows 5G PC with Snapdragon 7nm CPU and modem

Qualcomm introduced the first commercial 5G PC Platform, powered by its Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform and its Snapdragon X55 5G modem.

The premium thin and light PC will take advantage of the multigigabit capabilities of new 5G networks.

Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform will extreme performance, extreme battery life, and extreme connectivity. Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform promises multi-day battery life and multi-gigabit connectivity, in new thin, light and fanless designs. The company predicts that with the introduction of Snapdragon 8cx 5G, private 5G small-cell networks will proliferate in the enterprise.

"Our platforms were the first to bring gigabit, and now multi-gigabit LTE to the PC,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies,Inc. “We also brought multi-day battery life to the PC, and with the Snapdragon 8cx 5Gcompute platform, we innovate once again to bring the best of our computing and connectivity technologies into a single platform to modernize the enterprise.”

Monday, February 25, 2019

Qualcomm intros 5G gateway for sub-6GHz and mmWave fixed

Qualcomm introduced its first 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) reference design for sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G fixed wireless broadband (FWB) products.

The reference design features the newly announced second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem and next-generation Qualcomm RF  front-end (RFFE) components and modules for sub-6GHzand mmWave deployments, providing a  5G modem-to-antenna solution.

"Qualcomm Technologies is committed to enabling our customers to develop the next-generation of 5G products and services and this reference design will allow manufacturers and ISPs to accelerate the deployment of fixed wireless broadband services using 5G,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm.

“With support for both mmWave and sub-6GHzspectrum bands manufacturers can address multiple operators needs as they look to improve network performance, increase range, provide an unsurpassed user experience, and expand fixed broadband coverage by taking advantage of 5G infrastructure.”

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