Qualcomm Forms New Lab to Focus on Services
Qualcomm today announced the formation of the Qualcomm Servies Labs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm that will focus on creating and developing new mobile applications and services. Qualcomm calls the new lab an "incubator" that will be used to foster creative new uses of technology in the mobile space. The lab will concentrate on developing new services in five main areas: communications, information/entertainment, discovery, life automation, and digital to physical. Qualcomm also announced its first four products to come from the lab: Neer, Qilroy, Tapioca, and Vive. Neer, Qilroy, and Vive will eventually be available in the Brew Mobile Platform. Neer and Vive are available in the iPhone App Store today. Qilroy is also available in the Android Market today.
Qualcomm Shrinks 5G Modem to Phone-Sized Chipset
Qualcomm says it has created a 5G modem that's small enough for mobile devices. The Snapdragon X50 5G chipset, which Qualcomm tested in its San Diego lab, reached gigabit speeds using 28 GHz mmWave radio frequencies.
T-Mobile Claims LTE-A Lab Downloads Reach 1.175 Gbps
T-Mobile and its technology partners Nokia and Qualcomm today said they've reached peak download speeds in excess of 1.175 Gbps using LTE-A equipment in a lab. In order to reach these speeds, T-Mobile and its partners used the "4.9G" Nokia AirScale Base Station together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem mobile test device.
Apple Sues Qualcomm In China
Apple has filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China where it alleges Qualcomm abused its market position to score higher patent-licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm failed to honor its promise to license standard essential patents at fair rates, reports Reuters.
Qualcomm Says Snapdragon X50 Modem Is a 5G First
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, what it claims is the first "commercial 5G modem chipset" for mobile device makers. The Snapdragon X50 isn't necessarily intended to reach consumer-grade devices.