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All posts tagged "5G"

  • White House blocks Broadcom, Qualcomm takeover attempt

    It looks like Broadcom's lengthy bid to acquire US chipmaker Qualcomm is finally over, after the White House announced that it has blocked the takeover attempt. The White House noted that a Broadcom-owned Qualcomm "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States". Furthermore, US President Donald Trump noted that the law doesn't provide "adequate and appropriate authority" for him to protect national security in this issue. As a result, any possible deal has simply been blocked. "The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected...

  • Qualcomm, Samsung to deliver tiny 7nm 5G chipsets

    The Snapdragon 845 is expected to power a ton of flagship smartphones this year, from Sony and Asus to Samsung and Xiaomi. But the 5G era isn't far away, with industry experts pointing to a 2019 launch at the earliest. The new era will necessitate a new chipset, so Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its relationship with Samsung Foundry to produce Qualcomm's 5G-enabled mobile chipsets. These chipsets will be manufactured on a tiny 7nm process, making it much smaller than the 10nm Snapdragon 845. Generally speaking, a smaller manufacturing process means a smaller, more efficient chip. Benefits of a smaller chip "Using 7LPP EUV...

  • 5G in South Africa: here’s what you should expect from networks

    The past year has seen a massive uptick in 5G connectivity talk, as cellular networks, infrastructure providers and device manufacturers gear up for the standard. We've already heard mobile chipmaker Qualcomm's take on 5G, but what about local networks? When can we expect commercial launches? And what are the main challenges here? We asked MTN, Vodacom and Telkom (Cell C hasn't responded to our query at the time of publication). MTN "Timing for commercial launch will be circa 2020 -- post 5G standardisation and the network/device ecosystem being sufficiently mature to roll out. Operators in Asia and the USA are field trialing...

  • Almost 1 in 10 phones to pack 5G by 2021 – Gartner

    Gartner has revealed a number of device-related statistics for 2018, but it's also delivered some 5G-related insights in the process. The company predicts that next year will see the first 5G smartphones hitting the market -- don't expect a fast uptake immediately though. "We predict that, by 2021, nine percent of smartphones sold will support 5G," said Gartner research director Roberta Cozza in an emailed press release. "Overall, 5G will be a significant driver of video and streaming services, as it will bring faster uplinks and support new AI applications." By comparison, US chipmaker Qualcomm expects 5G launches to occur as soon as the first...

  • Expect 5G ‘as early as first half of 2019’

    Qualcomm says you can expect 5G connectivity as soon as 2019. 5G "will happen as early as the first half of 2019", Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon told attendees at the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, USA. Qualcomm has been working on trials with various networks, Amon added, including Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, Sprint, AT&T, Docomo and more. Otherwise, Qualcomm says we can expect "mass adoption" in 2020. 5G will enable or bolster uses such as social networks "in real time", "pervasive" cloud connectivity, augmented reality, public safety/emergency services, IoT and more, Amon explained. The firm has also claimed that 5G-related goods and services will be a $12-trillion market...

  • Lightening fast 802.11ac 5G wi-fi landing on ‘new Macs’

    Heads up wi-fi fans. Apple’s getting ready to release new Macs with ultra-fast 802.11ac Gigabit wireless support. Which news is more exciting though, the prospect of new Mac’s, or a wireless 5G connection? The mind boggles. 9to5Mac.com released this screenshot sent in to them by an industrious coder who compared the difference in code to OS X 10.8.4 and 10.8.3. It’s clear from the screenshot that “802.11ac” is not part of OS X 10.8.3’s codebase. The code was found inside the wifi frameworks folder There are a few more questions we can help you answer. One, we don’t know what the new...