Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 processor is now compatible with Tango, Google's virtual reality initiative. Future Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors will also support Tango, the company announced, enabling manufacturers to make their devices Tango-compatible by using them in their hardware without having to add extra co-processors.
Qualcomm, Huawei Wireless, Cisco, Aruba, Broadcom and Quantenna are just a few of the companies throwing their support behind the next wave in Wi-Fi, appropriately called "wave 2" features that more efficiently handle high-bandwidth applications.
Qualcomm is pushing its MulteFire technology aggressively. The MulteFire Alliance, which was founded in December 2015, includes heavyweights such as Ericsson and Nokia, and new members include Cisco, SoftBank, and Neul, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huawei. The group is slated to release the final technical spec for the technology later this year.
Qualcomm's MulteFire technology, which achieves the basics of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz band without needing to own spectrum, has gained support and skepticism.
MulteFire later this year will see the release of its first technical spec. The unlicensed technology, which allows for LTE-like deployments in the unlicensed 5 GHz band without the need for a licensed spectrum anchor channel, is the raison d'etre for the MulteFire Alliance, an industry group that is quickly recruiting member support from mobile operators like SoftBank and network vendors like Cisco.
While a great deal of attention has been given to higher-band spectrum for 5G in the United States, Qualcomm is busy showing off a 5G New Radio (NR) prototype system and trial platform for the sub-6 GHz spectrum bands.
Qualcomm Technologies is wasting no time touting its advanced solutions for supporting low power wide area (LPWA) LTE technologies after the 3GPP last week said it had completed the standardization of three LPWA technologies within Release 13 (LTE Advanced Pro) specifications: NB-IoT, eMTC and EC-GSM-IoT.
MulteFire is the key to driving LTE without a license. Qualcomm's technology, which achieves the basics of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz band without needing to own spectrum, has gained support and skepticism. But will MulteFire find footing in the wireless, cable or broadband industry when it competes with so many similar technologies?
Qualcomm said it filed a complaint against Meizu claiming the small Chinese smartphone vendor used the San Diego-based chipmaker's patented technologies in its 3G and 4G handsets without paying for them.
While LTE network download speeds have steadily improved over the years, the same cannot be said of upload speeds. In fact – and this may come as a surprise-- they haven't improved one iota, according to Qualcomm, but that's about to change.