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Qualcomm, Sony Ramp up 5G Testing in UK with New Lab

In India, 5G trials are slowly picking up, with Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Huawei aiming to further invest towards 5G test beds in the country

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FILE - Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2019 (Representational image). VOA

Intensifying the testing of 5G networks, US-based chipmaker Qualcomm has expanded its R&D facility in the UK and has chosen Sony as the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to take advantage of the lab.

Located in Farnborough, the new facility comes with space dedicated to over-the-air (OTA) 5G transmissions at millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies, the company wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

After Sony, the lab would help other OEMs and European operators to test and fine-tune mmWave devices and network configurations.

For starters, Sony would provide pre-commercial mmWave mobile form factor devices to the facility to test the capacity, throughput, latency and reliability of mmWave in multiple deployment scenarios.

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“5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs,” he said. VOA

“While the initial European industry focus is currently on sub-6 5G deployments, this facility will provide our customers to see and test the benefits of 5G NR mmWave technology for themselves,” said Enrico Salvatori, President, Qualcomm Europe.

The reason why testing 5G transmissions at mmWave frequencies is so important is because for dense urban environments, indoor venues and enterprises, mmWave brings massive capacity and low-latency connectivity to smartphones and laptops.

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Currently, South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and the US are leading with 5G large-scale mass deployment.

In India, 5G trials are slowly picking up, with Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Huawei aiming to further invest towards 5G test beds in the country. (IANS)

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Sony Launches Latest Addition to Its E-Mount Full-Frame Lens Line-Up

A 35mm prime lens is a go-to lens for so many photographers as its versatility means that it is the right choice for so many kinds of shots

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It would be available across all Sony Centers, Alpha Flagship stores, Sony authorized dealers and major electronic stores across India for Rs 56,990. Pixabay

Sony on Friday launched the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of a FE 35mm F1.8 large-aperture wide-angle prime lens model SEL35F18F.

It would be available across all Sony Centers, Alpha Flagship stores, Sony authorized dealers and major electronic stores across India for Rs 56,990.

“A 35mm prime lens is a go-to lens for so many photographers as its versatility means that it is the right choice for so many kinds of shots,” said Hiroyuki Tokuno, Head of Digital Imaging Division, Sony India.

“Our new 35mm FE lens combines brilliant corner to corner clarity with a truly lightweight design and we are confident that it will appeal to a wide range of stills and movie shooters,” Hiroyuki added.

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Sony on Friday launched the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of a FE 35mm F1.8 large-aperture wide-angle prime lens model SEL35F18F. Pixabay

Weighing 280g, the lens is pretty compact and is convenient for shooting a wide range of subjects from everyday snapshots, food photography, landscapes, night scenes and more, the company said in a statement.

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With an aperture of F1.8, it is accompanied by a silent autofocus and tracking shot feature. In addition, its large aperture and full-frame design allow the photographer to have a minimum focus distance of 0.22m and a maximum magnification of 0.24x for easy access to the world of close-up photography. (IANS)