Qualcomm Reveals Plans for Massive U.S. Mobile Video Network
Nov 2, 2004, 3:02 AM by (staff)
Qualcomm this week announced MediaFLO, a new subsidiary with a goal of delivering high-quality video and audio programming to mobile phones in the United States. MediaFLO will use dedicated national spectrum in the 700 MHz band. The spectrum was formerly UHF TV channel 55, which has been vacated by the move to digital television, and subsequently purchased by Qualcomm. The network will support up to 15 live streaming channels and well over 50 clip-cast video and audio channels. This content will be delivered at QVGA resolution video, at up to 30 frames per second with high-quality stereo audio. The service will use FLO technology, which is specifically designed for decoding and playback on mobile phones. The service will work with both CDMA EV-DO and WCDMA technology. Qualcomm expects to begin commercial operation of the new network in 2006.
Verizon Zero-Rates Its Fios Mobile Video App
Verizon Wireless today said the company's Fios home internet and television customers can stream an unlimited amount of live and recorded shows over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment. Specifically, Fios customers can use the Fios Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets to watch 140 channels of live television, movies, and stored DVR content.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 Platform Jumps to 14nm Process
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 450 Platform, a new entry in its mid-tier range of processors for high-volume devices. The Snapdragon 450 is the first 400 series chip to make use of Qualcomm's 14nm process, which provides it with noticeable performance and efficiency gains over earlier chips.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.
Qualcomm Hopes to Improve Bluetooth Audio with aptX HD
Qualcomm today announced aptX HD, an improved stereo music Bluetooth profile that delivers 24-bit playback. Qualcomm says aptX HD picks up where the standard aptX profile leaves off, offering a significant upgrade to wireless audio performance by improving fidelity.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 Targets Sub-Flagships
Qualcomm has added to its roster of mobile processors with the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, a high-performance chip that is meant for phones with less-than-flagship price points. The platform is built on a 14nm FinFet process and relies on the Kryo 260 CPU, which Qualcomm says is 40% faster than the Snapdragon 630 it replaces.
Not So Sure About This
Who is going put entirely new chips in their phone? That adds cost and the volume potential seems limited in regards to driving cost down.
Why not integrate a digital radio or TV reciever into the phone as TI intends to do. Then you get free content and you can sell lots and lots of digital TV/cellular chip sets?
I just don't know about this. It might be that the operators realy want this and asked for it but i have doubts.
Wait just a minute. Was 3G not supposed to do this for us. Why do we need another network?
Not exactly. 3G is great for video-on-demand, but not so much for live TV content.
We need new networks like th...
No really, it is, and especially cool since Sprint and Verizon will have first dibs on it - I mean, what carriers have any remotely known plans for a WCDMA network here in the USA? w00t!
And this actually doesn't have that much to do with WCDMA...