Qualcomm and the smartphone as collaboration platform

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This week saw Qualcomm’s coming out party for its new Snapdragon 888 platform, and it is impressive. There isn’t anything in it that hasn’t been improved significantly:  performance (both processing and network); photography; sound; image quality; battery life; gaming; AI; and awareness of its surroundings (the Qualcomm Sensing Hub). 

But when I sit back and think about what these premium phones will be capable of next year, I can envision them coming close to the ideal collaboration platform — and be on track to change how we do Zoom meetings. 

Let me explain. 

The problem

Most of us do our videoconferencing with PCs, which means that we rush into our (home) office if we have a desktop PC and wind up with an excellent video shot of the top of our heads. Or if we have a laptop, we have to power

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Qualcomm Details Impressive Snapdragon 888 5G Performance Lift And Exciting New Mobile Experiences

At day 2 of its Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital today, Qualcomm execs dove deeper into the advancements of the company’s new Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform for next generation flagship smartphones. Citing significant gains for user experiences in the areas of AI, computational photography, gaming and connectivity, the company claims Snapdragon 888 5G will provide a huge generational lift in performance for premium mobile devices. In detailed briefings with Qualcomm, I learned about the company’s next generation Snapdragon mobile platform that’s manufactured on a cutting-edge 5nm semiconductor fab process, and it sounds impressive to be sure. Let’s step through a few of the particulars.

Qualcomm Kyro 680 And Adreno 660 To Bring Major Performance Lift And New Technologies For Gaming

Though there are a number of key processing engines on board Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s new Kyro 680

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Apple M1 is the boost the Windows ecosystem needed: Qualcomm


The Snapdragon 888

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With recent tests showing that putting Windows onto Apple Silicon absolutely spanks the performance currently available on Qualcomm-made processors, one could be forgiven for thinking Qualcomm was apprehensive about its future desktop prospects.

However, Qualcomm SVP and general manager for mobile, compute, and infrastructure Alex Katouzian told journalists on Wednesday that the new chip was a validation for putting mobile chips into laptops.

“As we’ve seen during the pandemic age and I think this is going to continue for many years to come, video conferencing and remote working locations are going to become more and more important which means you have to have the capability of great video conferencing, you have to have the camera capability, you have to have the longevity of the battery, you should be able to work from any place that you are, inside your house or outside your house, and

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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make new flagship 5G smartphone chips

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announced a new flagship smartphone chip that will feature enhanced gaming and photo abilities and will be manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s chipmaking division.

Called the Snapdragon 888, the 5G chip represents the top of Qualcomm’s lineup for mobile phone processors. Smartphones containing the chip are due to be launched in the first quarter of next year.

High-end Android phones from Xiaomi Corp and LG Electronics Inc are expected to sport the chip.

It is the first time Samsung, which competes fiercely with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), has made Qualcomm’s flagship chip on its new 5-nanometer process for smartphones. The South Korean firm won a contract for 5G chips from Qualcomm earlier this year.

Apple Inc’s iPhones also use a chip made with 5-nanometer technology but analysts believe the iPhone chips are made by TSMC.

This year’s chip focused on

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 888 5G, its next smartphone processor

Qualcomm has unveiled the name of its next smartphone processor: the Snapdragon 888 5G, designed to bring 5G smartphones into the mainstream and accelerate the camera and AI capabilities.

Qualcomm kicked off its virtual Snapdragon Tech Summit with an introduction to the Snapdragon 888 5G platform, which will replace the Snapdragon 865 that Qualcomm introduced a year ago. That 865 chip advanced the smartphone’s camera capabilities by adding 200-megapixel still photos and 4K HDR/8K video capture, while pairing the 865 with the standalone X55 5G modem. Qualcomm, unfortunately, is leaving some key details about the Snapdragon 888 in its pocket until Wednesday, when it will present a deeper dive into its inner workings.

According to Gartner Research, Apple’s iPhone and its A-series silicon make up 11 percent of the global smartphone market, ceding much of the remainder to Qualcomm-powered smartphones like the Samsung S9 phone sold in the United States,

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Your next Android smartphone will have even faster 5G, better battery life, thanks to Qualcomm


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will be in 5G devices in the first quarter of 2021.


The chip that will power most high-end 5G phones next year is here: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. And for the first time in its ultra high-end lineup, Qualcomm has integrated its 5G modem on the same chip as the brains, AI and other processor features, likely giving 5G phones a boost in battery life. 

Smartphones need a lot of components to operate, but two key parts that make a phone a phone are the application processor that acts as the brains of a device and a modem that connects it to a mobile network. The first 5G devices needed standalone modems that worked alongside the main computing processor. That was because 5G technology was so new, it was too difficult to combine it with the brains. 

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Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate Event – Mayors Panel Announced

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Nov 24, 2020 (3BL Media via COMTEX) —


Register today for Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 where we’ll explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons that can make the Smart Connected Cities and Connected Spaces a reality.

Learn and hear from city leaders, the ecosystem, and solution providers on the latest technological advancements and deployments in a variety of smart connected spaces.

Join us for this virtual event on Wednesday, December 9, from 9am – 12pm PT or 7pm – 10pm PT, kicking off with a fireside chat with President Cristiano Amon.

New panel announced: U.S. Mayoral Roundtable: How will Future Technology Support the Transformation of our Cities, moderated by George Burciaga, IGNITE CITIES.

(Host) Mayor Steve K. Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City & County

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Qualcomm can now sell (some) smartphone chips to Huawei

Qualcomm at CES 2019.


  • Qualcomm has reportedly confirmed that it can supply some chips to Huawei.
  • The firm is only allowed to supply 4G processors to the Chinese brand.


We first heard murmurings last week that Qualcomm received a license to supply some smartphone processors to Huawei. Unfortunately, both parties refused to comment on the report at the time when asked by Android Authority.

Now, Qualcomm has confirmed to Reuters that it has indeed received a green light to sell mobile chips to the Chinese brand. But there is a big caveat attached to the license though, as the US chipmaker is only allowed to sell 4G chips to the firm.

“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokesperson was quoted as saying by the newswire. The representative confirmed that the 4G products were related to mobile devices and added that Qualcomm still had

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Qualcomm gets OK to sell 4G chips to Huawei, despite US ban, report says

Qualcomm has reportedly been granted a license by the US government to sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei, despite a ban on American companies selling technology and parts to the China-based telecommunications company.

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“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told Reuters, according to a Saturday report by the news agency. She didn’t specify which products Qualcomm can sell, saying only that they have to do with mobile devices. She also said Qualcomm has other license applications pending.

In August, citing national security and foreign policy concerns, the US Commerce Department expanded restrictions meant to limit Huawei’s access to chips made using American software and equipment. The department said it wouldn’t extend a temporary general license that allowed some transactions involving the “export, reexport, and transfer of items” to Huawei. That temporary license followed

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Trump Administration Lets Qualcomm Sell Huawei 4G Mobile Chips

Huawei is apparently not so bad after all, according to the Trump administration. It just gave Qualcomm permission to sell it chips.

Huawei is apparently not so bad after all, according to the Trump administration. It just gave Qualcomm permission to sell it chips.
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The Trump administration, distracted by other important things, has apparently forgotten that it’s mad at Huawei. If this seems strange to you, it’s probably because we’ve all gotten used to hearing the government go on and on about how the Chinese telecommunications company is a threat to U.S. national security. But alas, these comments apparently do not matter much anymore, because the U.S. government is letting American companies sell certain items to Huawei again.

According to Reuters report, Qualcomm received a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce to sell 4G mobile phone chips to Huawei on Friday. In August, the Trump administration delivered what some called a “lethal blow” to Huawei by banning any company, not just

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