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Qualcomm Unveils New Mobile Chipset Aiming Mobile Gaming Enthusiasts

Qualcomm’s new mobile chipset aimed at gamers

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Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company.
Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. Wikimedia Commons

Aiming at mobile gaming enthusiasts, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with a higher central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) clock speeds.

The new Snapdragon 855 Plus features refreshed specs including the new Qualcomm Kyro 485 Prime CPU cores with improved clock speeds of up to 2.96GHz which is expected to deliver a 15 per cent speed boost, news portal the US-based chip-maker wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

“Snapdragon 855 Plus would raise the bar for elite gamers with the increase in CPU and GPU performance and elevate experiences for 5G, gaming, AI and XR, which is something our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers look to us to deliver”, said Kedar Kondap, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

“It is our most advanced mobile platform to date and would build upon the success of the 2019 Android flagship Snapdragon 855 5G mobile platform,” he added.

Snapdragon 855 Plus with an integrated multi-gigabit Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G modem also supports 5G connectivity using the X50 5G modem and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF Front-end solutions to deliver best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices, the company said in a statement.

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In addition the company is expecting devices built around the new system-on-a-chip to ship in the second half of 2019. Asus has already announced that it will include Qualcomm’s new chip in its upcoming ROG Phone 2. (IANS)

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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)