08 Feb Qualcomm Drops A 19 Carrier And 18 OEM 5G Bomb On The Industry

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Snapdragon X50 5G Modem It isn’t normally that big of a big deal whenever a smartphone chip vendor announces a partnership with a hardware OEM or a network operator. However, with the technology transition from 4G to 5G, lots of things are becoming a big deal and the scale of these announcements is increasing in […]

18 Jan Battle Of The Smartphone Titans: iPhone X — Pixel 2 XL — Note8

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The three flagship phones, side-by-side. I spent the last few months running around the world with arguably the three most popular phones in the world: the Apple iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2 XL, and the Samsung Note8. I have spent considerable time with all three phones, using each of them as daily drivers at […]

17 Jan Qualcomm Zeroes Out Apple, Counts On China To Hit its Upward Guidance

There’s been lots of talk about Qualcomm lately, especially with their licensing disputes with Apple and the impending acquisition of NXP as well as the hostile bid from Broadcom. I covered yesterday how Qualcomm is growing their business to attack the $150 billion serviceable addressable market by 2020 and how their non-mobile investments generated $3B last […]

16 Jan Why Qualcomm Doesn’t Need NXP Or Broadcom To Grow

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Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon talks press and analysts through Qualcomm’s $150B SAM at CES 2018 Over the past week, Qualcomm has made some unprecedented financial and business disclosures at CES 2018 and today in an investor video which has me thinking a lot about the company and its future with and without NXP and Broadcom. […]

03 Aug RESEARCH PAPER: Active Alignment Will Be Critical For Future Optical Systems Manufacturing

New usage models and applications for technology products, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, created a need for computers to “see” the outside, physical world. We refer to this as “computer vision”. As these usage models and markets evolve, higher quality imaging systems are needed to enable better optical performance. Consumer expectations for thinner […]

14 Jul Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

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As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service […]

05 Jul Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

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Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless […]

27 Jun Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Sensors Go Through Metal, Glass And Displays

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  With the trend towards shrinking bezels and more sleek phone designs, some challenges have arisen when trying to keep phones sleek and still secure. Because of the overall size of smartphone batteries and the shrinking bezels, it has becoming increasingly difficult to find a place to put a fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensors have become […]

21 Jun Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has […]

08 Jun Could Sprint Be The Comeback Kid?

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I have to admit, Paul the bespeckled “can you hear me now” guy always annoyed me when he hawked the Verizon service years ago on television. Now as the world all knows he’s moved to Sprint, as well as the actual actor I recently learned. I had the opportunity to learn more about Paul and […]

31 May It’s A 5G Land Of Confusion: AT&T And Verizon Muddy The Waters

5G, or Fifth Generation, is the next iteration of wireless telecommunications promising to deliver unbelievable speed to your mobile phone or connected device as well as support more devices, improve reliability, and deliver longer battery life. Published in March of this year, the new 5G Radio standard was set by the governing body 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership […]

09 May Samsung’s 5G Efforts Place Company Among Top 5G Leaders

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Samsung Electronics  has been in the telecommunications business for decades; 2017 marks the company’s 40th year in the industry. Samsung has been involved in the development and adoption of virtually every cellular technology from GSM and CDMA to WiMax and LTE. It comes as no surprise that Samsung is also heavily invested and engaged in […]

18 Apr Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Back With a Vengeance

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Samsung Galaxy S8 It has been a mixed bag year for Samsung. On one side, the company has been performing very well in their components business, but it’s been a challenging one in smartphones. Samsung ceded the #1 smartphone spot to Apple and the Note7 was a low point. Samsung’s credibility was on the line […]

11 Apr Getting A Taste Of 5G Experiences With Gigabit LTE

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(Source: Anshel Sag, Moor Insights & Strategy) I have been traveling around the world quite a bit lately, because a lot of changes are happening in the wireless industry. Carriers around the world are upgrading their 4G LTE networks to 4G LTE Advanced Pro, which is capable of delivering Gigabit-class LTE speeds. Yes, 5G is […]

10 Apr RESEARCH BRIEF: A Glimpse Into the 5G Future: 48 Hours With Gigabit LTE

As 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) continues to mature, the industry is looking toward new technologies like Gigabit LTE to help consumers transition to 5G. Gigabit LTE is a marketing name for 3GPP’s (3rd Generation Partnership Project) LTE Advanced Pro technology, included in 3GPPP Release 13. This technology is part of the 4G LTE family […]

29 Mar Samsung Galaxy 8 Event: Analyst Quick Take

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Today I attended the Samsung launch of the Galaxy 8 and 8+ smartphones in New York City and wanted to provide my quick take. Overall, the value proposition is very strong for both of the phones, and it appears Samsung has a winner on its hands. Any price surprises could change that assessment, of course. […]

23 Mar Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 835 Dazzles In GPU Performance

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Qualcomm has been known as one of the leading wireless chip suppliers and has also been considered one of the best SoC makers. Qualcomm has shifted from calling the Snapdragon 835 an SoC or chip and transitioned towards calling it a platform. This is fair considering how many different processors reside on a Snapdragon SoC, […]

28 Feb Lenovo Gets Even More Mobile At MWC 2017

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Because Lenovo is both a PC company and a smartphone and tablet company, Mobile World Congress (MWC) is usually a big show for the company. In fact, Lenovo sells more phones and tablets than anyone in the industry. This year was no different, as we saw Lenovo launching new Moto branded smartphones like the G5 […]

26 Feb Qualcomm Pulls An Ace From Their Sleeve: New 5G NR X50 Modems Can Now Do 2G To 5G #MWC17

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Last week, both Qualcomm and Intel made significant announcements regarding their support for 5G NR (New Radio), 5G partnerships and new capabilities. Those pre-MWC announcements were a primer for some of the things that we would be seeing at MWC 2017, however it looks like Qualcomm was holding back and saving the best for last. […]

21 Feb Qualcomm Broadens IoT Portfolio And 5G NR Capabilities Ahead Of MWC 2017

Mobile World Congress is the most important show in the wireless industry every year. This year is no different, with vendors like Qualcomm doing their best to show what this new hyper-connected wireless world will look like. At MWC 2017, the company will make many announcements in the areas of IoT and 5G as well […]