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Thursday, February 23, 2017

MWC 2017: Qualcomm and LG Bring 5G and Cellular-V2X Communications Into Vehicles.



Companies use Their Decade-long Experience Delivering Automotive Solutions to Accelerate the Availability of Next-generation Wireless Technology.

Today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and LG Electronics (LG) announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles. 

Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to showcase these next-generation wireless technologies through trials during the first half of 2018. This work builds on the long-established relationship between Qualcomm Technologies and LG since the two Companies delivered their first telematics system in 2004.

On the path to 5G, LG is developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies' connected car platform, which features support for Gigabit LTE speeds using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and is complemented by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution. The connected car platform also supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.

"The advanced wireless capabilities of 5G and C-V2X will usher in new use cases necessary to fulfill our vision for increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles," said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president, VC Smart Business Unit, LG Electronics. "As a leading inventor of 5G technologies and our key modem provider for telematics, Qualcomm Technologies is the company of choice for bringing the next-generation wireless solutions that leading automakers need and expect."

With a strong evolution path to 5G, C-V2X technology is a key feature for safety conscious and autonomous driving solutions. C-V2X complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle's surroundings, even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios. 

In addition to allowing for 360 degree NLOS, C-V2X is also designed to allow for enhanced situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using direct communications in the 5.9GHz ITS band with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians' devices, as well as network-based communications to cloud services using commercial cellular bands. Compared to current technologies, C-V2X is designed to deliver enhanced V2X direct communication range, reliability, latency and superior NLOS performance. The technology is supported by a broad ecosystem based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications, with trials expected to begin later this year.

"Wireless communications provide the vehicle with data that truly complements what other sensors deliver. For instance, C-V2X and its evolution to 5G can help the car discover what is around corners, detecting a pedestrian's smartphone or a car approaching an intersection even when the object is obstructed by buildings or other large vehicles," said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. 

"Building on our successful collaboration on telematics and infotainment systems, which have resulted in more than 25 million cumulative units shipped to date for carmakers throughout all key automotive regions, we are pleased to expand our relationship with LG in ushering in both C-V2X and 5G technologies in future vehicles."

C-V2X evolution to 5G offers more wireless communication capabilities for autonomous vehicles, supporting advanced use cases such as high-throughput sensor data/map sharing among vehicles, see-through capabilities streaming camera information from one car to another, and wideband ranging for improved positioning – all while maintaining backward compatibility with 3GPP Rel. 14 C-V2X. With the ability to support multi-Gigabit speeds, mission-critical services with ultra-reliable low latency communication and massive number of nodes, 5G will support a unified connectivity platform to the always connected, autonomous vehicle of the future.

For more information and demonstrations of 5G, C-V2X, Qualcomm Technologies' connected car platform and other automotive-related technologies, visit the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27March 2, Hall 3, Stand 3E10, or go to qualcomm.com/c-v2x.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 77,000 people working in 125 locations around the world. With 2016 global sales of USD 47.9 billion (KRW 55.4 trillion), LG comprises four business units ― Home Appliance & Air Solutions, Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.

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Qualcomm Contacts:
Pete Lancia, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-858-845-5959


John Sinnott, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-858-658-4813



SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated

COLUMBIA introduces the MONTRAIL Trail Running shoes. Video.


Is  good to see that technology is not only for phones or laptops but also for shoes. In this case Columbia is unveiling a new line of trial running shoes with the latest tech on them and in the sole to give the user a a very confortable running as a hobby or in professional running.

We invite you to take a look of the Columbia Montrail Trail Running shoes on the video below:








Samsung Galaxy S8+ specifications leaks?



According to @evleaks these could be the final specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S8+:


Chipset and battery details are missing. However these are not Samsung official specifications sheet.

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8+  at an event in New York on March 29, with a release date being April 21.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Corephotonics Collaborates with Samsung Electro-Mechanics to Bring New Era of Imaging to Smartphones.




 Corephotonics has partnered with prominent camera module integrator Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEMCO) to develop a complete reference design, based on its revolutionary dual camera technology. Through this reference design, which is now in volume production, smartphone manufacturers are able to benefit from dramatic enhancements in image quality without any impact on the slim designs that consumers now expect from their handsets.

The new partnership combines SEMCO’s universally recognized expertise in camera module design and manufacturing, with Corephotonics’ innovative camera-related technologies. It enables a far greater number of smartphone manufacturers to access ground-breaking imaging technology that will help them to elevate user experience.

The dual camera concept made possible by Corephotonics’ proprietary technology presents smartphone manufacturers with the means to distinguish their handsets from those of their rivals through greatly improved imaging capabilities – with better zoom, increased effective resolution and broader dynamic range all being derived. It comprises one camera producing a wide field of view (FOV) image – much like the technology found in a conventional smartphone. In addition, however, there is a second camera that features a telephoto lens – which addresses the narrow FOV image.

The result is an imaging mechanism that can deliver up to 3x optical zoom and provides the user with highly detailed photographs even in the most challenging of low light conditions. Combining such imaging capabilities with proprietary lens design and actuator implementation allows a compact form factor (down to 5.5mm in Z-height) to be maintained, while eliminating delicate opto-mechanical arrangements that are prone to damage.

“The camera has become a key differentiator in the current, highly competitive global smartphone market. Via the dual camera zoom solution pioneered by Corephotonics and the access we have now gained to their technology, it is possible to greatly expand upon our current smartphone camera capabilities,” states EVP Hong, CMO of SEMCO. “This will take us closer than ever before to the imaging performance that would normally be associated with an SLR.”

“SEMCO is an acknowledged leader in smartphone camera modules and it is now fully equipped with a broad range of Corephotonics technology,” adds Eran Briman, VP of Marketing & Business Development at Corephotonics. “By integrating our calibration tools into its production lines, SEMCO is now better positioned for delivering mass production zoom dual camera modules which are drop-test certified and support relaxed calibration assembly. Combining such modules with Corephotonics’ zoom and bokeh algorithms easily satisfies consumer demands for elevated imaging functionality.

About SEMCO
Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEMCO), established in 1973 as a manufacturer of key electronic components, has become a major global player in the field of electronic components. SEMCO is a technology-driven company and focuses on developing state-of-the-art technologies and parts. SEMCO has been intensively developing PCBs, chip components, camera modules and network modules into the world’s very best. In addition, the evolution of information technology is accelerating our development of parts that are more energy efficient and environment friendly, and our abilities are being focused on seeking out new business areas with future growth potential such as Internet of Things and automotive. For more information visit: www.samsungsem.com

About Corephotonics

Corephotonics is the leading licensor of dual camera imaging technologies. The company provides end-to-end dual camera solutions which dramatically improve the image quality and user experience of mobile imaging, while introducing optical zoom, superb low-light performance, Bokeh and depth features, and optical image stabilization in an incredibly slim form factor. The company was established in 2012 by Professor David Mendlovic, Dr. Gal Shabtay and Eran Kali. Thus far, Corephotonics has raised more than $50 million, and its investors include Magma VC, Samsung Ventures, Amiti Ventures, OurCrowd, flash storage solutions company SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and BetaAngels VC. For more information visit: www.corephotonics.com

OmniVision and Corephotonics Announce Dual-Camera Zoom Reference Design for Smartphones.





Best-in-Class Sensors Combined with Leading-Edge Algorithms Deliver First-Rate Zoom and Bokeh Image Quality.

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced its collaboration with dual-camera technology pioneer Corephotonics in producing a new dual-camera zoom reference design for mobile devices. Combining OmniVision's OV12A10 and OV13880 image sensors with Corephotonics' proprietary zoom and Bokeh algorithms, the reference design brings best-in-class optical zoom capabilities commonly found in DSCs and DSLRs to smartphone camera applications. The reference design will be available for demonstrations at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, from February 27 through March 2, 2017.

According to a June 2016 market research report from Yole Développement, mobile devices with dual-camera configurations are expected to account for 20 percent of the total handset market by 2020. A dual-camera zoom configuration that combines an OV12A10-based wide-angle camera with an OV13880-based telephoto camera to achieve high-quality optical zoom is now available for adoption in high-end smartphones and is well-positioned to enter mainstream markets in 2017.

"Corephotonics is widely regarded as a world leader in dual-camera technology," said Will Foote, senior partnership manager, OmniVision. "The rapid expansion of the dual-camera smartphone market gives us the perfect opportunity to combine our companies' expertise. We are pleased to introduce our first joint reference design, and are excited about many more future collaborations based on OmniVision sensors and Corephotonics' algorithm IP."

"OmniVision has established itself as a leader in image sensors and image signal processing. We are confident that combining its imaging technologies with our proprietary algorithms can deliver a highly competitive dual-camera optical zoom solution for our customers," said Eran Briman, VP marketing and business development, Corephotonics. "This unique collaboration can enable smartphone OEMs to leverage the system integration and image quality tuning effort already made, and achieve the fastest time to market."

Dual-camera configurations in smartphones require advanced technologies that have not usually been found in single cameras, such as image registration, image fusion and depth map generation. These technologies can enable advanced features like the Bokeh portrait effect, which brings elements into sharp focus while blurring the background. In this reference design, Corephotonics works with OEMs and camera module integrators to integrate its proprietary algorithms specifically optimized for OmniVision's sensors to deliver excellent image quality to the smartphone user. 

The Corephotonics algorithms fuse the images from the wide-angle cameras and telephoto cameras to deliver optical zoom, increase resolution, reduce SNR and enable smoother video transitions. OmniVision's OV12A10 and OV13880 are optimized to deliver top tier performance in dual configurations. Key benefits include: 
  • Slim form factor, which is enabled by reduced module height
  • Superior performance enabled by PureCel® Plus 1.25-micron large pixel and 1.0-micron small pixel
  • Dual-camera sync: master/slave capability to switch between sensors during zoom operation
  • Ultra-low power using unique toggle mode to extend phone battery life
The reference design is now available for customer demonstrations.


About OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.



About Corephotonics
Corephotonics is the leading licensor of dual-camera imaging technologies. The company provides end-to-end dual-camera solutions that dramatically improve the image quality and user experience of mobile imaging while introducing optical zoom, superb low-light performance, Bokeh and depth features, and optical image stabilization in an incredibly slim form factor. The company was established in 2012 by Professor David Mendlovic, Dr. Gal Shabtay and Eran Kali. Thus far, Corephotonics has raised more than $50 million, and its investors include Magma VC, Samsung Ventures, Amiti Ventures, OurCrowd, flash storage Solutions Company SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and BetaAngels VC. Find out more at www.corephotonics.com.

OmniVision®, the OmniVision logo and PureCel are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SOURCE OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

GE, Nokia and Qualcomm Unveil First Private LTE-based Trial Network for Industrial IoT.




GE, Nokia and Qualcomm Unveil First Private LTE-based Trial Network Customized for Industrial IoT.

Demo Illustrates Benefits of a Private High-performance LTE-based Network Providing End-to-End Solution for Industrial IoT Market.

GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated , today announced that the companies have successfully demonstrated a private LTE network for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market; meshing together each party's platforms and technologies. In addition, the companies have announced plans to further research and conduct live field trials throughout 2017 based on this demonstration, designed to advance the digitization of industrial processes.

Industrial companies often have local connectivity needs and operate in remote locations or temporary sites, such as mines, power plants, offshore oil platforms, factories, warehouses or ports—connectivity for these environments can be challenging. A standalone LTE network to serve devices and users within a localized area can help improve performance and reliability for these industrial settings.

Private LTE-based networks utilize LTE-based technologies in shared/unlicensed/dedicated-licensed spectrum. This demonstration utilizes LTE-TDD in the US 3.5 GHz shared spectrum band also known as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). With MulteFire™, unlicensed spectrum bands can be used to create private LTE-based networks, such as the 5 GHz band available globally.

As part of the collaboration and technology demonstration, Qualcomm Technologies will provide the wireless technology and device chipsets. Nokia will be providing base station infrastructure plus the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud service to run the network as an on demand private network.  GE is integrating these new types of connectivity into its Predix platform – an open-architecture operating system for the Industrial Internet – to help industrial companies better manage their assets and operations, often found far from the public communications networks.

Further, the agreements between the parties include the installation of a private LTE network at GE Digital's headquarters in San Ramon, Calif., which GE will use to further develop its Predix platform.

"Industries such as factories, warehouses, container ports and airports are increasingly dependent on wireless connectivity to efficiently operate as they continue to utilize more wireless data and connect countless IoT devices to their networks," said Michael Wallace, senior vice president and general manager, Emerging Business, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. 

"With this collaboration, we are providing companies in the Industrial IoT space the ability to leverage the core advantages of LTE including full mobility, high data rates and coverage, predictable latency, quality of service and ease of deployment."

"Connecting the world's machines to an industrial operating system like Predix is vital to unlocking the data and insights necessary to both increase efficiency and drive adoption of emerging technologies, such as machine learning and computer vision, in industry," said Peter Marx, Vice President, Advanced Concepts, GE Digital. "Bringing LTE-based networks that use shared and unlicensed spectrum to our customers operating in remote and unpopulated locations is a powerful advancement beyond what is available today."

"Private LTE networks bring an entirely new level of advanced, low latency and robust wireless connectivity solutions into verticals and industries," said Stephan Litjens, GM Digital Automation, Nokia.

 "This allows companies to significantly increase the level of automation and analytics in use by adding more sensors, IOT devices, robotics and in general use wireless connectivity for their business and production critical processes. With this collaboration, Nokia accelerates the promise of automated industry by supporting a 'plug n play' private LTE ecosystem. The combination of capabilities from GE, Qualcomm, and Nokia is ideal to bring the promise of analytics in end-to-end industrial IoT solutions to life."

Private LTE-based networks will enable industries and enterprises to own and manage their own LTE network without requiring licensed spectrum and still enjoy the high-performance benefits from LTE with a strong roadmap to 5G. Private LTE-based networks also offer the ability to customize the dedicated LTE network for the company's specific applications, such as optimizing for capacity, quality-of-service, or guaranteed latencies.

The demonstration will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 27 through March 2 at Qualcomm booth in Hall 3, Booth 3E10.


About Qualcomm 
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.



About Nokia 
Nokia is a global leader innovating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.


From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. www.nokia.com


About GE Digital 
GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics, providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities drive big gains in productivity, availability and longevity. For more information, visit the Web site at www.ge.com/digital.



Qualcomm Contacts: 
Pete Lancia, Corporate Communications 
Phone:  1-858-845-5959 


John Sinnott, Investor Relations 
Phone:  1-858-658-4813 
Email:  ir@qualcomm.com


Nokia Media Enquiries: 
Communications 
Phone: +358 10 448 4900 


SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Qualcomm Showcases 5G Leadership with its First 3GPP-based 5G New Radio Connection.



Connection Achieved with Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR Prototype; Demo to be on Display at Mobile World Congress Barcelona in the Qualcomm Booth, as well as the China Mobile Communications Corporation's Booth as Part of Their Ongoing 5G Collaboration.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced the Company's first successful 5G connection based upon the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP, which is expected to become the global 5G standard. The connection, which was completed utilizing Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype system capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR technologies can be utilized to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit-per-second data rates at significantly lower latency than today's 4G LTE networks. The successful connection serves as a significant milestone towards rapid validation and the upcoming commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale.

5G NR will make the best use of a wide range of spectrum bands, and utilizing spectrum bands below 6 GHz is critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases. Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype, which was announced and first showcased in June 2016, consists of both base stations and user equipment (UE) and serves as a testbed for verifying 5G NR capabilities in bands below 6 GHz. 

The live prototype demonstration showcased advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including adaptive self-contained TDD subframes, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced LDPC channel coding, and a new flexible, low-latency slot structure based design.  These advanced technologies are based on key design decisions that have been made as part of the ongoing 5G NR 3GPP Study Item and will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing.

Qualcomm Technologies will be demonstrating the prototype system publicly at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 27 through March 2 in the Qualcomm booth (Hall 3, Booth 3E10), as well as in the China Mobile Communications Corporation's booth (Hall 1 Stand 1G50) as part of their ongoing collaboration.

"In addition to serving as a significant milestone in 5G development, this first 5G NR connection is a powerful testament to Qualcomm Technologies' continued leadership in developing next generation wireless technologies that drive and track 3GPP standardization," said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"As we did with 3G, 4G and Gigabit LTE, Qualcomm is collaborating with leading network operators such as China Mobile Communications Corporation to ensure timely commercial network launches of 5G NR."

Qualcomm Technologies' 5G NR sub-6 GHz prototype system is built to closely track the ongoing 3GPP standardization efforts on 5G NR – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. The prototype will also be utilized in our over-the-air 5G NR trials and interoperability testing starting in the second half of 2017. 

Tracking the 3GPP specification is important because it promotes adherence and validation with the global 5G standard, accelerating the time to high volume standard-compliant devices and infrastructure. It will also drive forward compatibility to future 3GPP 5G NR releases. 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. 

For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages


Qualcomm Contacts:
Pete Lancia, Corporate Communications
Phone:  1-858-845-5959


John Sinnott, Investor Relations
Phone:  1-858-658-4813
Email:  ir@qualcomm.com



SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated.