Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit focuses on 5G AI chips and use cases


Qualcomm generally uses its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit on Maui to introduce next-generation mobile processors and related technologies, which it achieved with the new Snapdragon 865/765 and the new 3D Sonic Max 3D fingerprint scanner. But the most important theme of the event is to demonstrate real-world use cases for the company's new 5G AI chips, which will boost consumer demand for next-generation smartphones and devices.

Although 5G data services are still in their early days, the acceptance of original equipment manufacturers, operators and consumers has already been encouraging, stronger than 4G, in all accounts. Leading the first day of the event, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that more than 230 5G devices have already been launched or are under development, an amazing number given that networks are still in the process of being launched worldwide. Nicki Palmer, director of product development for the main US operator. UU. Verizon said the company is already selling seven 5G devices, while at the same time in the 4G life cycle, it only offered one.

The first 5G real-world use cases include considerably higher and higher resolution video streaming, cloud games and facilitate next-generation user-created content, such as improving the presence of 3D images and high-end videos. 360 degree resolution Qualcomm also expects 5G to play an increasingly important role in mixed reality experiences, including enabling virtual "presence" for teleconferences and facilitating receptive augmented reality.

In the future, Amon suggested that the separate 5G and AI domains will be linked, noting that 5G cellular technologies will allow massive low-latency data transfers between mobile devices and nearby edge cloud servers: amounts and types of data that will require AI as a processing intermediary. Amon predicted that 5G and AI will soon lead to a complete convergence of applications on the device with cloud services, effectively eliminating the current gap between the hardware of a mobile device and the computing resources it can gather.

"5G will provide a reliable and always active connection to the cloud," he said, which can be trusted to expand persistently connected devices with virtually unlimited storage and cloud services on demand. Instead of relying on the device to provide the processing power for applications, they will resort significantly and smoothly to cloud services [distributed intelligence] that will generate an era of "intelligent cloud connectivity."

So far, the company is optimistic about its 5G prospects, and expects to see 1.4 billion shipments of 5G smartphones by 2022. Of course, OEMs such as Motorola, Oppo, Xiaomi and HMD are carrying out preliminary work to Bring the devices to market. Nokia, each of which committed during the event to offer devices based on the new Snapdragon processors in 2020. While none of the companies offered details about their new devices, Xiaomi only promised more than 10 new 5G smartphones in next year. Qualcomm says it has developed two- and three-chip modular platforms for its new Snapdragon offerings, and will offer OEMs similar options to boost the development of portable devices and Snapdragon-based IoT devices.

Carriers will also be an important part of the image, and acceptance is positive so far. Amon said the company expects 200 million 5G subscribers by the end of next year, and 2.8 billion 5G connections by 2025, helped by a large number of network releases worldwide over the next two years. Without specifically naming T-Mobile, Amon adopted the company's innovative strategy of combining low, medium and high frequency spectra to create general service layers, real 5G and 5G performance, and noted that operators will use dynamic exchange of the spectrum to transition their 4G to 5G networks while serving both types of users.

Palmer de Verizon also highlighted the 5G R&D work that is currently being carried out in its five separate 5G labs, which said it focused on developing use cases and strengthening hundreds of companies with 5G creative ideas. He also claimed a new "first world," saying Verizon has become the first operator to offer 5G on a beach, unfortunately underlining the company's 5G launch strategy to cover only small segments of select cities with 5G wave towers. Short distance millimeter. . The company has promised to offer 5G data service in "parts of" 30 markets by the end of 2019, compared to less than 20, plus some NFL stadiums, today.


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