Qualcomm has launched its first IoT modem aimed at Industrial IoT apps. The commercial launch of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT device is expected in the second half of 2021. The modem supports worldwide 5G NR sub-6Ghz bands and operates in standalone mode only. If required, the device can be switched to LTE and can be deployed over 5G private or public networks. The device comes with the capability of integration with existing ethernet and wired technology.
Cybersecurity researchers have found a high-risk security vulnerability in Qualcomm mobile chips. The bug could enable hackers to access android itself as an entry point into a phone to inject viruses while also giving them access to SMS messages, call history, and audio of a phone call. It could also be used to unlock a SIM card, as well. Qualcomm has classified the bug as CVE-2020-11292 and has notified the appropriate device vendors.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, while speaking remotely at the China Development Forum event, said that chip shortages, which has caused disruptions across several industries worldwide, is easing up. Mollenkopf said that the demand for older chips is easy to fulfil. The demand for chips has soared during the past few months, panic buying further added to the shortage leading to the rise in costs of all types of microchips.
Airtel is collaborating with Qualcomm to fast-track the implementation of 5G services in India. The telco will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualised and Open RAN-based 5G networks. The telecom giant said both companies were planning to work on developing 5G FWA for faster broadband connectivity and on introducing cost-effective broadband services as well. Airtel is also hoping to venture into newer fields like VR and Smart Homes.
Qualcomm launched a new chip for connecting devices to 5G networks that target home internet and inside business users as a competitor to WiFi. The firm is trying to take advantage of the faster speeds possible with 5G network to increase footprints in other markets. The chip called the X65 modem is the first from Qualcomm capable of hitting peak download speeds of up to 10 GPS, about 10x faster than peaks of comparable services.
The outgoing global head of Microsoft’s M12 fund Nagraj Kashyap will join SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision Fund in the USA. The Vision Fund, in the recent past, has seen a few changes among its senior leaders after a hiring flurry in 2017. Kashyap was previously head of ventures at Qualcomm before joining M12, which targets investments incorporate software companies, focusing on applied AI and infrastructure.
Samsung revealed its flagship processor – the Exynos 2100, which will power its most powerful phones this year. The 5nm chip built on an advanced EUV process will deliver 10% higher performance while using 20% less power than its 7nm predecessor – Exynos 990. This is also Samsung’s first 5G integrated processor. It also sports a Mali-G78 GPU which boasts improvements to AI tasks, thanks to a three-core neural processing unit for on-device processing.
Lenovo will introduce ThinkReality A3, a pair of enterprise AR glasses, in the middle of the year. The headset sports a 1080p resolution, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip. A pair of fish-eye cameras provide motion tracking, while an eight-megapixel RGB camera grabs video for remote use. The device can be used from factory floors and labs to retail and hospitality spaces, as apps can power remote assistance, guided workflows, and 3D visualisation.
Qualcomm has selected Cristiano Amon to succeed Steve Mollenkopf as CEO, effective June 30, 2021. Mollenkopf will retire as CEO following 26 yrs of a stint in the Company. Amon, at present, is President of the firm and has worked at Qualcomm since 1995. Mollenkopf will continue his tenure with the organisation as a strategic advisor for a period of time. Mollenkopf, 52, became CEO in March of 2014 and was instrumental in its rise as a smartphone tech supplier.