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Researchers Develop Cheaper Network for 5G Connectivity

According to the researchers, any sensor you have in your home, which traditionally used WiFi and lower frequency can now communicate using high-speed mmWave networks

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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

Researchers have developed a cheaper and more efficient method for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices to receive high-speed wireless 5G connectivity.

With 75 billion IoT devices expected to be in place by 2025, a growing strain will be placed on requirements of wireless networks.

Contemporary WiFi and cellular networks will not be enough to support the influx of IoT devices, researchers from the University of Waterloo said in the study presented at ACM SIGCOMM 2019 conference in China.

Millimetre-wave (mmWave), a network that offers multi-gigahertz of unlicensed bandwidth — more than 200 times that allocated to today’s WiFi and cellular networks — can be used to address the looming issue.

However, the hardware required to use mmWave is expensive and power-hungry, which are significant deterrents to it being deployed in many IoT applications.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

“To address the existing challenges in exploiting mmWave for IoT applications, we created a novel mmWave network called mmX.

“mmX significantly reduces cost and power consumption of a mmWave network, enabling its use in all IoT applications,” said Omid Abari, Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.

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In comparison to WiFi and Bluetooth, which are slow for many IoT applications, mmX provides much higher bitrate.

“mmX will not only improve our WiFi and wireless experience, as we will receive much faster internet connectivity for all IoT devices, but it can also be used in applications such as virtual reality, autonomous cars, data centres and wireless cellular networks,” said study researcher Ali Abedi.

According to the researchers, any sensor you have in your home, which traditionally used WiFi and lower frequency can now communicate using high-speed mmWave networks. (IANS)

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LG Introduces its Upgraded Dual-screen 5G Phone at IFA 2019

Although LG has expressed hope that the 5G smartphone will boost its profits in major markets, including South Korea and the US, it has yet to make a turnaround due to heavy marketing costs and the limited 5G infrastructure available now

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LG Electronics Inc. has introduced its new flagship smartphone with a dual screen and 5G connectivity to expand mobile experiences under the ultra-fast wireless network.

The Korean electronics maker unveiled V50S on the first day of the IFA technology show here, which runs until September 11, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

LG promoted the new device as a practical way to extend the screen size, without having to actually bend the display itself like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The company said it targets young consumers who want to do more on mobile devices, including games and shopping.

The new phone will be launched as a 5G model in South Korea next month and will be available in a 4G variant under the name of G8X in the coming months, the firm said.

While its predecessor V60’s second screen accessory was not available in the US, V50S will come with both screens.

V50S features a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop cut out and dual rear cameras. The detachable second display has a cover screen on the back to show the date and time.

It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and 4,000mAh battery, featuring the company’s first in-screen fingerprint recognition.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

When combined with the second screen, it weighs 326 grams, heavier than Galaxy Fold’s 276 grams.

The firm said the new phone upgraded its folding structure by adopting “free stop hinge” technology, which is designed to add the ability to stop and hold the second screen at any position.

The smartphone features Korea’s leading portal operator Naver’s Whale mobile browser to allow users to do multiple tasks between different apps seamlessly.

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“We will offer upgraded multitasking experiences based on a proven form factor, while expanding the dual screen ecosystem via strategic partnership,” said Brian Kwon, LG’s president of mobile communications and home entertainment.

LG has been desperately seeking to revive its smartphone business with 5G devices as its mobile division logged the ninth consecutive quarterly loss in the second quarter.

Although LG has expressed hope that the 5G smartphone will boost its profits in major markets, including South Korea and the US, it has yet to make a turnaround due to heavy marketing costs and the limited 5G infrastructure available now. (IANS)