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.



Qualcomm bets its chips on Augmented Reality in cellphones

2 Jul

Qualcomm has announced its plans to offer an AR platform and Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to enable them to create AR apps and services. The SDK is based on computer vision technology the company had recently acquired from Imagination Computer Services GmbH. Unlike current AR apps that rely on GPS (to determine the user’s location) and compass (to determine the direction the user is facing), Qualcomm claims that their technology will give users “an enhanced experience by allowing computer graphics to be tightly aligned with real world objects.”



The AR platform will currently work on Android smartphones, which serves well for Qualcomm since most of the high-end Android smartphones are running on its Snapdragon chipset that features a 1 GHz processor.



Qualcomm already has toy-maker Mattel roped in and has also set up an AR game studio at Geogia Tech’s Atlanta campus. It has also announced a developer challenge that will kick off this Fall when the SDK is made available.

Qualcomm to demonstrate live LTE network in India by 2010-end

12 Jun

Qualcomm would be a very delighted company right now. Not only did they win some of the best circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Harayana – in the just-concluded BWA auctions but the lone Pan-India BWA spectrum holder, Infotel, backed Qualcomm’s LTE technology and not WiMAX, a rival technology backed by Intel.



In a media briefing held in Delhi a few hours after the provisional BWA auction results were announced, Kanwalinder Singh, president, Qualcomm India and South Asia, senior vice president, Qualcomm Inc tried to convince journalists that LTE as a technology is ready. “To dispel any doubts about LTE, we will have a live LTE demonstration in India before the end of this calendar year,” he said.



However, even if Qualcomm demonstrates an LTE network by the end of 2010, handsets that can run on GSM, WCDMA and LTE (or CDMA/EVDO and LTE) won’t be available till later next year, when US carrier, Verizon Wireless, is expected to announce one. While LTE USB modems will be available much earlier, Qualcomm’s vision of seamless interoperability between three generations of wireless technology won’t come true till those handsets are available.



Even before the auctions began, Qualcomm had clarified that it has no intentions of becoming a carrier in the long run and will eventually exit the venture. It will announce its Indian partner (as required by Indian laws) for the LTE network in about a month’s time and will look at carriers who have won 3G spectrum in last month’s 3G spectrum auction.



“Our intent is to partner only with carriers who have experience in 3G/HSPA networks. We will tie-up with one or more carriers. We don’t have any competition from any carrier in India. They are our partners,” Singh said.


BWA spectrum auction ends, Infotel wins pan-India licence

11 Jun

After 16 days of bidding for the BWA spectrum licence, the auctions have ended today and the government is expected to raise approx Rs 38,540 crore from the sale of pan-India BWA spectrum. The total revenue that the government will rake-in together from the sale of BWA and 3G licence is nearly Rs 1.05 lakh crore.

Bharti Airtel, Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Augere Mauritius Ltd, Infotel Broadband Services, Qualcomm, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications Internet Services, Tikona Digital Networks and Vodafone Essar had participated in the BWA auctions. But unlike 3G auctions where no single carrier could get hold of a pan-India 3G licence, Infotel has won a pan-India BWA licence for Rs 12,847.77 crore. The company is a venture of HFCL Group and was launched in Punjab in 2000. Infotel offers solutions for fixed line telephony (telephone services), mobile telephony, broadband services, customized data services and VAS.

Shockingly out of these 11 companies, 5 companies – Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications and Vodafone Essar did not get BWA licence for even a single circle.

State owned operators – BSNL and MTNL, had received their share of BWA spectrum earlier from the government. Since these operators did not pay anything when they had received the spectrum, they are now liable to pay the same amount that shall be paid by other private operators.

To know more on which operator will be present in which circle and how much are each of these operators are entitled to pay to the government, check out the table below:

  Operator No of circles in which it will be present   Name of the circles     Amount spent  (Rupees in crores)
    Infotel            22 Pan-India presence 1,2847.77
    Qualcomm              4 Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana 4,219.54
    Aircel              8 J&K, North East, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil, Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar 3,438.01
    Bharti Airtel              4 Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata, Punjab 3,314.36
Augere Mauritius Ltd. 1 Madhya Pradesh 124.66
Tikona Digital Networks 5 Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh East and West, Gujarat 1,058.20