Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced the successful testing of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) in Germany, but don't expect that to narrow the gap between the arrival of LAA and LTE-U in the U.S.
The FCC granted a special temporary authority (STA) to Qualcomm Technologies to conduct "very small scale performance evaluation" tests of LTE-U equipment at two Verizon sites in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Raleigh, N.C.
As expected, Qualcomm revenues for the latest quarter plummeted from the year-ago period, and the company said it doesn't expect great things from the current quarter given the slowdown in the worldwide smartphone market.
Samsung said it has begun mass production of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor using a second generation of its 14-nanometer LPP (Low-Power Plus) chip-building process, marking a major victory as the company works to expand its chip business to support a slowing smartphone unit. The exclusive deal is reportedly worth more than $1 billion.
Qualcomm and TDK announced a $3 billion joint venture to produce wireless components for smartphones, tablets and IoT devices.
Google's ambitious Project Tango is a smartphone platform that uses computer vision, depth sensing, and motion tracking to generate on-screen augmented reality (AR) features and functions on top of physical environments. It's a potentially exciting technology.
Qualcomm is hoping to force some major tech companies including Apple and Samsung to surrender documents that were supplied to South Korean antitrust regulators investing the San Diego-based chip maker.
There's clearly a tremendous amount of interest in the IoT, and much of it is justified. IDC recently predicted worldwide spending on the IoT will reach $1.32 trillion in 2019, representing an impressive 17 percent compound annual growth rate. Other forecasts are equally optimistic. But the IoT must overcome some huge hurdles before it reaches its potential.
Ericsson, Qualcomm and French technology start-up Red Technologies are taking part in a pilot to test new technology designed to enable the sharing of licensed spectrum bands to improve spectral efficiency and flexibility.
A wide variety of IoT gadgets such as cars, health monitors urban sensors and appliances are playing a major role at this year's CES.