Items tagged with Qualcomm

With some smartphone vendors deciding for the rest of us that we don't need a headphone jack, the time for fast progression on the wireless audio front is needed now. Wireless audio isn't anything new, of course, but it's a technology that's extremely hard to get right. A good wireless solution needs to have decent battery-life, a stable connection, and of course, good audio quality. Again, wireless audio isn't anything new, but when Apple released its wireless AirPods earbuds (and removed the headphone jack from its iPhone at the same time), it seemed to spur every other vendor to begin taking... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave talk about NVIDIA’s next GeForce GTX called Turing and its potential use of MIcron GDDR6 memory, Alienware’s beastly Area-51 R5 all liquid cooled gaming PC with 18 core Skylake-X, Netgear’s Cable Orbi mesh router and cable modem kit, AMD’s 7nm Vega and Zen 2, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 and new low power Qualcomm Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632 chips for mainstream phones... Show Notes: 03:42 - Micron Ramps Production Of GDDR6 Memory For NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 Turing GPU Series 08:39 - First... Read more...
It's been quite a while since Qualcomm announced a new SoC aimed primarily at the wearables/smartphone market, and today the company is launching the Snapdragon Wear 2500 platform. Unlike the previous Snapdragon Wear 2100, this new platform is being targeted primarily at smartwatches designed for children. Snapdragon Wear 2500 has integrated 4G LTE connectivity along with all the supporting tech that device makers will need to build smartwatches for kiddos. Wearables for kids do have traditional smartwatch features integrated into them like smartphone connectivity and in some cases, they can act... Read more...
Qualcomm has a trio of new Snapdragon processors that will power a new wave of mass-market Android smartphones. The new entries include the Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632, which supplant the Snapdragon 425, 430 and 626 respectively. Starting from the bottom and working our way up, the Snapdragon 429 is a quad-core SoC featuring Cortex A53 performance cores each operating at 1.95GHz. Qualcomm is quoting up to a 25 percent performance improvement over the Snapdragon 425. The Snapdragon 439 is an octa-core part with four Cortex A53 performance cores and four efficiency cores clocked at 1.95GHz and 1.45GHz... Read more...
At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled its next gen Snapdragon platform targeting "always-on" laptops. That came to us in the form of the interestingly named Snapdragon 850 - a mere 5 digits higher than the 845, a chip which currently graces top-end Android smartphones, such as the OnePlus 6, and Samsung Galaxy S9. Features-wise, both the Snapdragon 845 and 850 are nearly identical, but the latter will be clocked a bit higher to deliver better performance for laptop convertibles. What's slated to offer even more performance apparently, however, is something called the Snapdragon 1000,... Read more...
There is another wrinkle in the ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over the issue of patents used in the former's iPhone devices. Previously Apple claimed Qualcomm was "unfairly...charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with," and more recently, the company accused the chipmaker of "selecting asserting its patents," only targeting Apple devices containing Intel chipsets. Now Apple is trying a different legal tactic—it is asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to invalidate four of Qualcomm's patents. It's an interesting legal maneuver, and... Read more...
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that it has published the Digital Key Release 1.0 specification. That specification is a standardized solution that is designed to eliminate the keys and fobs we all carry for our cars today and replace them with a digital version that lives on your smartphone. The CCC counts among it some major tech firms and automakers, and the critical mass certainly appears to be there to make digital keys a reality in the future. Participating members of the CCC include charter members Audi, BMW, General Motors, HYUNDAI, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung,... Read more...
Apple has been fighting Qualcomm over patents that the iPhone allegedly violates. Qualcomm filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) previously, and a panel has recommended that a trade judge find that Apple infringed on at least one of these patents. If the judge does rule that Apple infringed on the patent, there is a chance that the import of some iPhone devices into the United States could be blocked. More than likely any ruling that Apple violated patents would simply mean a licensing fee paid by Apple to keep a steady flow of iPhone coming into... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave talk about AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 32-core beast, Intel's 28-core Core-X powerhouse, Maingear's incredible F131 gaming desktop PC, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 850 for thin and light all-day, always-connected Windows 10 PCs, ARM's next-generation mobile processor cores, and we’re looking for ideas on what we should give away next! Show Notes: 07:50 - AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2 15:57 - Intel Demos 28-Core, 56-Thread 5GHz Monster Core-X CPU,... Read more...
When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs back in late 2016, it was revealed that the first shipping systems would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. The first generation of convertibles laptops have shipped from the likes of ASUS, HP and Lenovo with that processor platform on board, but a new generation will soon be upon us and today out at Computex, Qualcomm has unveiled new silicon technology to enable them. Powering this new breed of devices will be Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. The Snapdragon 850 is a dedicated SKU that will only... Read more...
With smartphones going to designs that have screens covering so much of the front that the traditional fingerprint sensor can no longer fit, what to do with those sensors is a topic that manufacturers have been working on. Apple removed the fingerprint scanner for its iPhone X and instead opted for Face ID technology. Samsung has a fingerprint scanning system that will go into the Galaxy S10 that is very non-traditional. The company has seemingly confirmed that it will use a fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the screen of the smartphone. This scanner will reportedly use Qualcomm... Read more...
Qualcomm is looking to make Extended Reality (XR) the next big thing in mobile computing. XR is the term that Qualcomm has coined to describe the full gamut of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) experiences. With XR, Qualcomm is looking to provide a single platform that developers will be able to leverage for an array of different devices. This is how Qualcomm describes XR: At some point in the future, we envision the convergence of the smartphone, mobile VR headset, and AR glasses into a single XR wearable. In this scenario, a single pair of XR glasses will primarily... Read more...
If you are planning to purchase a newfangled always-connected Windows 10 laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware inside, you might want to wait for the new crop to arrive, which will deliver improved performance over the introductory models. How much of a performance gain remains to be seen, though leaked benchmarks suggest that upcoming Windows 10 PCs powered by a Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) will be significantly faster than current models running a Snapdragon 835 chip. As it stands, there are not a lot of models to choose from just yet in the ARM + Windows 10 arena. Users who are interested... Read more...
Qualcomm is rolling out a new mobile chipset for mid-range devices. As the first new system-on-chip in the company's newly minted 700-series Snapdragon tier, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 brings upgraded performance to mainstream phones and tablets compared to the previous generation Snapdragon 660, and combines a multi-core artificial intelligence engine with neural network processing capabilities. What's notable about the Snapdragon 710 and the 700-tier in general is that Qualcomm is injecting technologies and features that were previously reserved for its premium mobile chipsets. "By incorporating... Read more...
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