Embracing the 5G Network and Always-on Connectivity and Implementing the Millimeter Wave (mmWave) system.
“We’re rapidly moving towards a world more connected and intelligent. It is being driven by the convergence of connectivity and computing technologies from mobile,” said Qualcomm Technologies Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile, Compute and Infrastructure Alex Katouzian. “It’s already starting to transform the way we work, live, play, and connect with others.”
Katouzian made the comments at the 2021 Taipei COMPUTEX, the annual tradeshow organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) held online this year due to COVID-19.
The momentum of 5G network growth has exceeded all expectations and the 5G ecosystem’s resilience leaves nothing to doubt, as the majority of its growth – more than 65 operators over 160 countries launching commercial 5G networks – occurred during the pandemic.
Qualcomm recognizes that 5G will have a tremendous impact on the computing segment of the industry, prompting Qualcomm to work closely with its partners to develop a 5G PC.
Qualcomm believed that PC users harbored the desire that their PC user experience would be comparable to using a smartphone.
“The ability to pick up your laptop, open the lid and know that it’s connected, synced and ready to go, without having to worry about a power cord, or having to ask for a Wi-Fi password. That is the Qualcomm goal,” Katouzian said.
Giving screen time to Samsung Electronics America Director and Head Product Management for New Computing Hassan Anjum, Anjum reaffirmed this trend, stating that user demands for PCs – portability, connectivity and convenience – were incidentally the same qualities that have been associated with smartphones.
One piece of technology central to unlocking 5G and future computing experience is the mmWave tech, which can allocate more bandwidth to deliver higher-quality videos, multimedia content and other services faster.
Installation of mmWave devices with mid-band spectrum has lower total cost of ownership than mid-band devices alone, making it a possible option for operators installing said systems in dense urban areas.
The mmWave is also being used to bridge the digital divide between rural communities with fixed wireless access, providing fast, reliable broadband connectivity so students can use their PCs to access school portals and other important educational resources.
With more than 170 operators globally investing into mmWave tech, Qualcomm expects that mmWwave will be deployed across all regions within the next two years.
Qualcomm stated that it had acquired NUVIA to significantly increase in compute capabilities, as enabling tomorrow’s highly-immersive AI-driven experience will require more than just fast connectivity.
It is our collaboration with the ecosystem that makes these advancements and opportunities possible, and Qualcomm, with continued and significant investment in R&D, is committed to continue to push against the boundaries of what is possible with 5G.