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Samsung Electronics recently held its Tech Day 2019, and at the event, it rolled out a pair of new silicon products. The smartphone maker says that both are tailored for future mobile devices that will make intensive use of video and AI along with supporting 5G communications. One of the products is the Exynos 990, and the other is 5G Exynos Modem 5123. Both products are built using an advanced 7-nanometer EUV process technology. They promise performance and accelerated product development for mobile device manufacturers. Samsung notes that the Exynos 990 uses an embedded Arm Mali-G77 GPU, which is the fist premium GPU on the new Valhall architecture. The new architecture for the GPU promises... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm haven't exactly been the best of friends in recent years, but the former needs the latter's modems for its iPhones. The need for modem chips was part of the reason for the settlement reached between the two companies earlier this year that saw both dropping a number of lawsuits hurled at each other. However, A new report is making the rounds that claims that Apple will purchase Intel's modem business for $1 billion. Reports claim that Apple is "in advanced talks" to buy the Intel modem chip division within the next week. The source of the rumor comes from unnamed people who claim to be familiar with the negotiations cited by The Wall Street Journal. Apple made up... Read more...
Smartphones using first-generation 5G modems have not even hit the market yet (and few have officially been announced) at this point, but Qualcomm is already pushing forward with its second-generation design. As the follow-up to its Snapdragon X50 5G modem, which will be available in many new devices this year, the company has announced the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. The Snapdragon X55 improves upon its successor in a number of ways; the first of which is the fact that it's built on new 7-nanometer process tech; the same process node as the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The integrated chip supports 5G NR mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum bands (as before), but maximum theoretical speeds have been increased to... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are locked in an extended legal battle right now that has seen the latter party attempt to block production and sales of the iPhone in China. Rumors had swirled that in response, Apple was looking to shed Qualcomm hardware from its phones. People claiming to be familiar with Apple’s plans are now saying that Cupertino is working on iPhones and iPads for next year that would be free of any Qualcomm hardware. The reports indicate that Apple is considering using LTE modems that are sourced from Intel and/or possibly MediaTek. The sources making these claims say that the reason Apple is doing this is because Qualcomm is withholding software that is critical to testing chips... Read more...
We've talked lots in the past about vulnerabilities that hit home and enterprise routers, but not quite as much about cable modems, where the importance of good security is arguably even more paramount. The reason for that is that most often, customers do not have control over the firmware in such devices. If a vulnerability is found and patched, it's up to the ISP to issue it, automatically. As you might imagine, this could lead to some serious problems if your ISP isn't too on top of things. A great example of this is brought forth by security researcher Bernardo Rodrigues. He found that with a series of Arris cable modems, a backdoor exists within a backdoor - a rather interesting discovery,... Read more...
This story is mind-boggling for so many reasons. A $24,000 charge from AT&T? Someone actually pays $51 a month for dial-up access? People actually still use AOL? We must be living in some bizzaro world when things like this are still taking place, but let’s first start from the beginning with 83-year-old Los Angeles resident Ron Dorff. Dorff is a retiree living off a monthly income of roughly $1,500 per month via his Social Security checks. And he inexplicably is paying AT&T $51 for internet access — but this isn’t your garden variety AT&T DSL or U-Verse connection, it’s **gasp** dial-up. Yes, dial-up Internet in this day and age which is priced higher than some broadband plans that... Read more...
Netgear is determined to save you a bit of jingle each month by launching a pair of new cable modem router devices: N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3700) and N300 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3000). Both devices combine the functionality of a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with a wireless router, meaning you can serve up Internet connectivity throughout your home and avoid paying your ISP cable modem rental fees, which can add up over time. "Negear believes in offering a broad range of technology options for your home network so you can choose the one that best suits your needs," said Sandeep Harpalani, Netgear's director of product marketing for Retail Networking Products. "To that end, we are... Read more...
Sprint may be late to the LTE game, but those who've been hanging on can look forward to two new devices. The company, alongside Netgear, has just announced that two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint will begin shipping on July 19th. The $49.99 Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot and the $19.99 341U USB modem are the two new kids on the block, designed to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by taking advantage of 4G LTE deployment on Sprint's network (at 1.9GHz 800MHzand2.5GHz). The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting... Read more...
These days, being an LTE modem just isn't enough. Obviously, any LTE modem worth its salt needs an LCD screen, too. Such is the life of AT&T's Beam, a Sierra Wireless-sourced LTE modem that plugs into a laptop's USB port and shots vital signs on the embedded display. Beginning May 10th, customers can pick-up the AT&T Beam from AT&T stores and online for $19.99 with a two-year commitment. The AT&T Beam is a USB modem with an on-device LCD screen, giving customers access to helpful information - such as network indicator, signal strength, and data usage - with just a glance. The AT&T Beam includes an expandable memory slot that supports microSD cards up to 32 GB in size, too.... Read more...
If there's one industry that could stand to be disrupted, it's probably the pay-TV industry, but if there's another, it's the home broadband industry. Not surprisingly, these two are often joined at the hip, offered in "bundles" by the same ISP. FreedomPop has set out to rearrange the equation, and the latest from the company is a pretty big promise: "free home broadband." This week, the company announced the public availability of its new Burst home router device, offering 100 percent free high-speed Internet in the home or small office. FreedomPop's new home broadband device provides speeds faster than typical DSL and comparable with most major cable providers. The Burst wireless modem router... Read more...
Sprint announced a new USB modem called the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB that features a compact design and provides access to Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks in one click. The modem requires no software installation and you won’t have to wait for an application to load to use the connection; the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB works just like an Ethernet cable. The Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB is available for free with a contract and after a rebate. Customers can also opt to purchase the modem and use a pay-as-you-go plan. Day, week, and monthly passes are available. Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in-Connect USB Available to Sprint Customers March 11 Available beginning March 11, Sprint... Read more...
Clearwire may be biting into LTE in the near future, but WiMAX is at the company's core, and evidently, so is sleek design. The company just launched the Clear Spot Voyager, one of the smallest 4G hotspots on the market. It offers unlimited 4G data plans, and if that one isn't in your wheelhouse, there's also the Clear Hub Express, a combination 4G modem and wireless router to give your home or office high-speed wireless internet. The Voyager offers 4G sharing with up to eight Wi-Fi devices at the same time, and brings up to six hours of battery life in a form factor of 2.6" squared. The CLEAR Hub Express provides users 4G internet and is the only piece of equipment needed to set up a 4G internet... Read more...
AT&T has announced their first LTE products.  But, contrary to popular belief, neither product is a phone. To be fair, this is actually fairly straight-forward. The first WiMAX devices that took advantage of Clearwire's services were network adapters, and the first LTE devices for Verizon Wireless were also WWAN devices. So, following traditions, AT&T has announced the USBConnect Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G. The first is a USB WWAN device, and the second is a souped-up WWAN module. What makes these unique is that they'll support both HSPA+ and LTE. That way, if you scoot outside of a 4G area, both of these will hop over to a 3G network to keep your connection going. The Momentum 4G... Read more...
Did you know that Clearwire provides internet services for the home? They do. Aside from offering mobile 4G access, the WiMAX company also delivers Internet service to homes, and there's a new modem out for those who are considering the service. It's called the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi, and basically, it's a Clearwire 4G modem + WLAN router built into one single unit. Buying this prevents users from having to buy a 4G modem for their home as well as separate router to send signals out over Wi-Fi. This one box does it all. It's a pretty slim one too, so it shouldn't be too worrisome to install. The WLAN portion supports 802.11b/g/n and functions on Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64 and Mac OS8... Read more...
Yesterday, we told you about Verizon Wireless' plans to launch its 4G LTE network. Initially, it appeared the LG VL600 modem may be the only model available at launch. Now, it's clear the Pantech UML290 will also be available on Sunday, Dec. 5. This 4G USB modem supports both 4G and 3G speeds and offers a rotating USB connector that folds away when not in use. Other key features include: Data Speeds 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of  5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area 3G – customers can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area 180 degree... Read more...
Rural broadband has become somewhat of a buzzword in America, and around the globe. With broadband speeds stabilizing amongst many cities in the world, focus has shifted to getting higher Internet speeds to less populated areas. The idea is that the Internet, and having broadband access to it, could boost the smaller, rural economies. The trick is getting Internet to places where most companies view it as unprofitable to even try. In America, the FCC and the government has become involved in trying to expand access. In Europe, it looks like at least one company is already producing a product that should kick things into high gear. Deltenna's WiBE, a device to deliver fast broadband to rural areas... Read more...
Motorola has been deeply invested in WiMAX, and with multiple carriers expanding it worldwide, the company has had plenty of business. WiMAX modules, USB dongles, etc. -- we all need them when trying to keep pace with the hastening mobile broadband world. But there's LTE lurking in the background, getting ready to strike when Verizon Wireless launches LTE services in America next year. And guess what? Motorola is ready. The company just announced at 4G World 2010 their new FDD LTE USB-lte 7110 device for delivery of personalized mobile broadband experiences, including real-time multimedia applications. That's a fancy way to say that this is their first 4G LTE USB modem that has been on display... Read more...
Sprint is continuing to broaden its portfolio of 3G and 4G mobile broadband devices. Recently, the wireless carrier added the Sprint 3G/4G USB U600. This small USB drive delivers 4G speeds (where available) and also works on the carrier's 3G network. The Sprint 3G/4G USB U600 will connect automatically to Sprint's network. The USB stick even has LEDs to let you know if you've made a 3G or 4G connection. ADVANCED FEATURES: Supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS 10.5, 10.6 with Intel Easy installation of Sprint SmartView software on a CD for Windows and Mac OS External antenna ports available for both 3G and 4G Rotating USB connector Supports Hands-Free Activation via OMA-DM 3G... Read more...
With LTE coming soon from Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Clear are both going on a full-out assault to get WiMAX into as many hands as possible while they still have an edge on time. On nearly a weekly basis now, we're seeing many new 4G markets introduced and even more 4G hardware to choose from. Sprint has just this week issued a new 4G USB modem (works with 4G only), in the U1901. This dongle is a small, simplistic device that works with Windows 7, Vista, XP and OS X (10.5 and 10.6), and when you're in a 4G zone it can provide throughput of up to 10x faster than Sprint 3G. The company suggests that this modem is ideal for "companies wanting to deliver high-bandwidth solutions to workers on-the-go... Read more...
There's still quite a lot of mystery surrounding Pretec's latest adapter, but the claims are impossible to overlook. The company's new H220 Intellicable doesn't look like much more than a typical USB extension plug. It's not very bulky, there aren't any foreign parts. So, what makes it so special? The software that's bundled with it, according to Pretec. The peripheral is designed to work with most popular mobile phones, with 2G, 3G and 3.5G phones supported. What you're supposed to be able to do is simply plug your mobile phone into your laptop or desktop via this cable, and instantly tether your mobile Internet. In other words, you should be able to channel your mobile Internet through your... Read more...
Sprint's 4G network is continuing to expand, but even the company realizes that you won't always be in an area with 4G speeds. To help meet the needs of users everywhere, Sprint announced a new combination 3G / 4G USB modem. As the second dual-mode 3G/4G USB device available from Sprint, the Sprint 3G/4G USB U301 provides access to 4G wireless speeds whenever available and 3G speeds in most other places. The new modem is compatible with both PCs and Macs. Advanced Features of the U301 Include: GPS enabled supporting Sprint Navigation, BlackBerry Maps and other GPS applications when using the Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network Employs 3G/4G wireless technology authentication and identification... Read more...
World travelers now have another option when it comes to mobile broadband connectivity: Verizon Wireless and ZTE USA recently introduced the AD3700, a mobile broadband USB modem with global connectivity capabilities. This new modem provides access to high-speed networks in more than 175 destinations. The modem supports Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO), Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)/Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE), and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) wireless platforms. Key features include: Runs on Verizon Wireless' high-speed network, which uses EVDO Rev. A technologyIncludes... Read more...
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