Tag Archives: Qualcomm

Qualcomm to demonstrate new super-fast peer-to-peer wireless tech at MWC

8 Feb

Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate a new peer-to-peer wireless technology, which will enable users to share data/connect at broadband speeds with each other without requiring any intermediate infrastructure. Some excerpts from the press release:

FlashLinq advances a concept known as proximal communications, whereby users can continuously connect, disconnect and communicate directly with other mobile users at broadband speeds based on their physical proximity. The technology is designed to complement traditional cellular-based services and serve as a scalable platform for new types of applications.

FlashLinq is a synchronous TDD OFDMA technology operating on dedicated licensed spectrum and is distinguished by its high discovery range (up to a kilometer), discovery capacity (thousands of nearby devices) and distributed interference management. By enabling the simultaneous discovery and communication of thousands of proximal devices, FlashLinq can effectively create a “neighborhood-area network,” where fixed and mobile peer applications can interact directly.

Qualcomm plans to collaborate with SK Telecom to trial FlashLinq in South Korea and explore potential commercial uses.

SOURCE: Qualcomm

Qualcomm and Duracell to explore a collaboration for truly wireless charging

6 Jan

Qualcomm and Duracell today announced that the two companies are exploring to work together to bring wireless charging to consumer devices. Qualcomm’s WiPower technology uses radio frequencies to transfer energy over short distances between a charging pad with a transmitter and devices that have a built-in chipset. The two companies will try to achieve an industry-wide standard for wireless charging and help OEMs to incorporate it in their gadgets. Hit the break for the complete press release while we go look for our charging cable.

SOURCE: Press Release

Update: Micromax to sell the 'modu T' phone in India

19 Oct

We know we have been bombarding you with posts related to Micromax but we promise that this is the last and the final one for today. We can now confirm that Micromax will announce that it will distribute the modu T phone in India. Yup, the same tiny phone which was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the lightest 3.5G touch phone in the world.



The modu T is a sleek device with a 2.2 inch touchscreen, 2GB of onboard memory (expandable upto 32GB with a microSD card), a 5.0 MP snapper, FM radio and GPS. It also offers a couple of pre-embedded social networking apps.



And in case you’re wondering about the Micromax Android and the Micromax EG333 (EVDO+GSM) handsets, let us tell you that those phones are around the corner and we will keep our eyes peeled.



Update: We have been able to glean some more information from our sources. Modu will utilise Micromax’s distribution strength to sell its wares. The device is likely to be priced at Rs 9,999 Rs 12,500 and will come with two jackets – sportify and camerafy. The camerafy jacket will give it a 5.0 MP camera.

Qualcomm Ventures kicks off QPrize competition in India

21 Sep

Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm Inc, has announced the second annual QPrize contest in India. The contest is aimed at early stage wireless technology companies and is open to entrepreneurs in North America, Europe, China, India, Israel and South Korea. The Indian finalist will receive $100,000 in seed funding and an opportunity to present at the global finals to stand a chance to win another $150,000.



More than the seed funding, the contest gives participants an opportunity to present their ideas to angel investors. More details about the competition can be found here.

Acer launches the Liquid E Ferrari special edition smartphone in India

15 Sep

Acer has launched the liquidE Ferrari limited edition smartphone in India based on the Android 2.1 aka Eclair. The device looks exactly like its former version – the Acer Liquid, but this time, the phone does not have that old plasticky feel to it. They have used the carbon fibre material in this limited edition phone (yeah, the same material used in cars) to give you that same feeling when you touch a car.



While it sports Ferrari’s prancing horse on its hood, the phone has an underclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 768 MHz. The phone sports a 3.5 inch display, 5.0 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and comes preloaded with Facebook and Twitter apps. It comes with an inbuilt memory of 512 MB which is expandable up to 8 GB with a microSD card.



Being a special edition device, the phone offers Formula1 theme content like wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones and widgets. Acer is also promising an Android 2.2 upgrade in a couple of months. The smartphone will be available at Chroma outlets for Rs 29,999.

Qualcomm forms Incubation Lab to launch nex-gen mobile apps & services

28 Aug

Qualcomm has announced the setting-up of Qualcomm Services Labs (QSL) which will develop new apps and services for the mobile technology. QSL will work on mobile innovation by developing services, apps in five areas – communication, information/entertainment to deliver content, discovery, life automation, digital to physical access to relevant digital information to enhance your mobile interactions.



QSL has also launched its first four new services with bizarre names-Neer (allows you to share your location with your close ones), Qilroy (a social-messaging service enables location-based conversations), Tapioca (URL shortening service that allows content providers to share multimedia) and Vive (social recommendation service where users can share recommendations, ratings).

Qualcomm ups AR's coolness quotient

9 Jul

Last week, we reported how Qualcomm is betting its chips on Augmented Reality (AR) by announcing an SDK and a developer contest. Well, here is a short video how AR can (and will) change the way we play games on our phones.