Qualcomm announces WiFi SON support and other technology at CES 2016

Qualcomm and its partners' announcements at the ongoing CES event pertained to consumer electronics, automobiles, IoT, and healthcare

By Shrey Pacheco Published Date
07 - Jan - 2016
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07 - Jan - 2016
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Qualcomm and its third party customers/partners have made a number of important announcements at the ongoing CES 2016 event. These pertained to new and improved technologies, as well as new products in the field of consumers electronics, automobiles, IoT, and health. 

During the event, Qualcomm unveiled a number of connectivity related products and technologies. The company launched Wi-Fi SON (Self Organizing Network), which is the industry's first comprehensive set of differentiation features for networking products. Qualcomm’s partners introduced a number of their own products into the market. LeTV’s Le Max Pro is the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 820. Lenovo showcased its X1 portfolio of tablets and laptops, while Acer TravelMate P648 series of notebooks. Lenovo and Google are scheduled to reveal the first Project Tango enabled smartphone.

In addition Qualcomm also announced a number of products related to the automobile sector. It said that the company's Snapdragon 602A processors will be commercial available in Audi’s 2017 vehicles. The Snapdragon 602A is the company's first automotive grade infotainment chipset. One of Qualcomm’s partners, Mitsubishi Electric also announced that the company is creating a new automotive platform based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. 

In the IoT segment, the company has added the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem to its range of modem solutions. The Snapdragon X5 LTE joins the MDM9207-1 and MDM9206 chipsets with pin-to-pin compatibility and onboard ARM CPU for running applications directly on the modem. It also introduced a Smart Home Reference Platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC. In addition, Qualcomm’s subsidiaries demonstrated a commercial drone based on the Snapdragon Flight platform.

Qualcomm also announced that it was expanding its global connected therapy management collaboration with with Novartis. Novartis will use Qualcomm Life’s connectivity solutions to power its next-generation of connected ‘Breezhaler’, an inhaler for those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Qualcomm’s partner, First Response, unveiled the first ever Smart-enabled pregnancy test.

To know more about Qualcomm’s entire range of announcements at CES 2015, read the complete press release below.

Qualcomm Issued:
Qualcomm 802.11ad Products Lead the Way for Multi-band Wi-Fi Ecosystem

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., reached a major milestone by enabling a number of new multi-band Wi-Fi products (featuring 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band and 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac with MU-MIMO) across networking, mobile and computing segments. These products will lead the way for a robust ecosystem and underscore the importance of the greater capacity and speed that 802.11ad brings to the evolution of Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm Launches Wi-Fi SON (Self Organizing Network) Solutions to Simplify Wi-Fi Networking and Optimize User Experience
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., has launched Qualcomm® Wi-Fi SON, the industry’s first comprehensive set of differentiation features for networking products that power smart gateways, wireless routers, range extenders and access points in conjunction with several OEMs, including Airtight, Asus, D-Link, Linksys and TP-Link.
3rd Party Customers/Partners:
D-Link Launches Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit with Adaptive Roaming Technology

D-Link today announced the Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit with Adaptive Roaming Technology, a router-extender kit designed to address the need for full home wireless coverage while at the same time providing intelligent adaptive roaming technologies to dynamically connect devices to the best available Wi-Fi signal for optimal bandwidth.
AirTight Networks is Now Mojo Networks; Introduces New Cloud Managed Wi-Fi Packages and Updated 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point
Mojo Networks, the company formerly known as AirTight Networks, today announced its corporate rebrand, new managed Wi-Fi packages that deliver innovative cloud solutions for prolific Wi-Fi access, and the upcoming release of new 802.11 Wave 2 access points powered by Qualcomm® VIVE™ solutions with Qualcomm® MU|EFX MU-MIMO, products of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Letv is the World’s First Internet Technology Company to Use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 Chip in its Ecosystem of Products

Letv, a global leader in smart device technology, today announced that its next generation smartphone devices will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), starting with the Le Max Pro smartphone. As the world’s first tech company to announce the use of the new Snapdragon 820 processor, Letv continues to demonstrate innovative product development with the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, entertainment, photography, power and battery efficiency.
Sierra Wireless AirPrime® Embedded Module selected by Dell and Lenovo for LTE-Advanced notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1s
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced its AirPrime®EM7455 embedded module has been selected by Dell and Lenovo to provide fast and reliable LTE-Advanced cellular connectivity in next-generation notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1s.
Lenovo Unveils Pioneering Modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo (HKSE:992) today unveiled its newly expanded and highly innovative X1 portfolio. Designed for forward thinkers, the series includes new additions such as the brilliantly adaptable ThinkPad X1 Tablet with its unique modular design; the exceptionally thin multimode ThinkPad X1 Yoga; and the award-winning ThinkPad X1 Carbon is even thinner and lighter, strengthening its superiority in the ultrabook market.  Furthermore, desktop users will be wowed by the stunning new ThinkCentre X1 all-in-one, the must-have design centerpiece for any office with outstanding performance to match.
TP-LINK® Unveils World’s First 802.11ad Router

TP-LINK®, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today unveiled the Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router, the world’s first multi-band router based on 802.11ad—the latest, most powerful innovation in wireless technology. Powered by the 802.11ad and 11ac MU-MIMO solutions from Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, the TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router brings new, robust capabilities of 802.11ad to the market, delivering ultra-fast speeds of up to 4.6Gbps on 60GHz bands. It will be available in U.S. stores in early 2016.
New Acer TravelMate P648 Commercial Notebook, the Ultimate Professional Road Warrior
Acer today announced the TravelMate P648 series commercial notebooks boasting powerful Intel® 6th generation Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, industry-leading 802.11ad multi-band wireless connectivity for networking, and USB 3.1 for ultra-fast data transfer. Combining a durable, ultra-slim chassis and speedy wireless technology, these notebooks are the ideal traveling companion for even the most active road warriors. 
Amped Wireless Debuts Flagship MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Collection

ARTEMIS High Power AC1300 Wi-Fi Router, Range Extender and Access Point deliver more power to demanding multi-user, multi-device households
Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of high power, long range wireless solutions for the home and office, announced its new flagship Wi-Fi series, the ARTEMIS collection, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The new collection includes a High Power AC1300 W-Fi Router, Range Extender and Access Point with MU-MIMO technology.
SiBEAM INTRODUCES USB 3.0 802.11ad Reference Design Delivering Wireless Connectivity at Multi-Gigabit Speeds

SiBEAM Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company (NASDAQ: LSCC), today announced a USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig®) for wireless connectivity at gigabit per second speeds over the 60 GHz frequency band. The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity to laptop and desktop computers and is designed to be fully complementary and interoperable end-to-end with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad networking solution.
Lenovo and Google to co-engineer the first OEM Project Tango-enabled smartphone

Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo and Google announced a new partnership to co-engineer the first Project Tango-enabled mobile device later in spring of 2016. Together, we’re working on a new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, that will navigate the physical world in real-time just like humans. Qualcomm Technologies, Lenovo, and Google—are working closely together to optimize the software and hardware to ensure Project Tango is a great platform for consumers 


Qualcomm Issued:
Audi 2017 Vehicles to Integrate Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A Infotainment Processor

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and AUDI AG (NASDAQ: AUDVR) today announced that Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 602A processors will be commercially available in Audi’s 2017 vehicles. Announced at CES in January 2014, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A is Qualcomm Technologies’ first automotive grade infotainment chipset and is designed to meet stringent automotive industry standards while delivering advanced smartphone-quality connectivity, infotainment, navigation, voice quality and control features in cars.
Qualcomm Expands Investment in Automotive Technology to Deliver Integration, Scalability and Value Across All Industry Tiers
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) has expanded its automotive technology portfolio to provide an unparalleled collection of industry-leading technologies enabling timely innovation across all tiers of the automotive industry through highly integrated solutions in the areas of telematics and connectivity, as well as high definition graphics and multimedia for rich infotainment systems, machine intelligence and sensor fusion for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), GNSS location technologies, V2X (Vehicle to Vehicle/Infrastructure/Pedestrian) communications for improved safety and driver convenience, and wireless charging for electric vehicles.
Qualcomm Announces Breakthrough Automotive Processor with Integrated LTE Modem and Machine Intelligence to Further its Leadership in the Connected Car
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced its latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ automotive processor, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive family, offering a scalable next-generation infotainment, graphics and multimedia platform with machine intelligence and a version with integrated LTE-Advanced connectivity. The Snapdragon 820A is Qualcomm Technologies’ newest automotive grade system-on-chip (SoC).  Qualcomm Technologies has taken a modular approach to designing the Snapdragon 820A, enabling a vehicle’s infotainment system to be upgradable through both hardware and software updates, thereby enabling vehicles to be easily upgraded with the latest technology. A demonstration of the upgradeable module can be seen at the Qualcomm Automotive booth, North Hall #915 at CES 2016.
3rd Party Customers/Partners:
Mitsubishi Electric creates infotainment platform with LTE Advanced and driver assistance capabilities
Mitsubishi Electric today announced that the company is creating a powerful new automotive platform based on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors, with integrated LTE-Advanced that can handle infotainment tasks as well as enable driver assistance functions on the same chip. The platform will support the high throughput needed by graphically rich infotainment systems while enabling virtualization for safety critical features. Mitsubishi Electric is showcasing its latest innovations for automotive infotainment and driver assistance systems at this week’s 2016 CES in the North Hall, booth 311.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.(TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced it is working to bring to the automotive ecosystem advanced connected car platforms powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™820A and Snapdragon 602A processors, and telematics solutions powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.


Qualcomm Issued:

Qualcomm Announces Addition of Cost-Optimized Snapdragon X5 LTE Modem (9x07) to Extend its Offerings that Cover a Range of Cellular Connectivity from Mobile Broadband to IoT
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has added the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X5 LTE modem (9x07) to the new family of modem solutions designed to provide a wide range of cellular connectivity options to a growing number of devices and systems.  With multimode capability and supporting LTE Category 4 download speeds up to 150 Mbps, the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem (9x07) is designed to be used in a range of mobile broadband applications and in IoT use cases that demand higher data rates.  The Snapdragon X5 LTE modem (9x07) joins the recently announced MDM9207-1 and MDM9206 chipsets with pin-to-pin compatibility, as well as an onboard ARM CPU for running applications directly on the modem, enabling original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to address multiple segments while containing non-recurring engineering costs.
Qualcomm Announces Smart Home Reference Platform Utilizing Powerful Computing, Voice Recognition, Audio, Display, Camera and Connectivity Capabilities
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced a Smart Home Reference Platform, based upon the versatile Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 212 processor, that is designed to provide computing, voice recognition, audio, display, camera, connectivity, and control capabilities for home control hubs and smart speakers, extending to home appliances and multimedia devices as use cases evolve. At CES® 2016, Qualcomm Technologies is demonstrating a prototype application for the Platform in the form of a smart home assistant/hub. This prototype includes a full hardware design available to OEMs today.
Tencent and ZEROTECH Unveil Commercial Drone Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Platform

At CES® 2016 today, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), Tencent (HKG:0700) and ZEROTECH announced and demonstrated a commercial drone based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Flight™ platform. YING is an innovative drone that uses the Snapdragon 4K capture to “supersample” the video image, providing a stabilized, corrected video and picture recording at 1080P as well as first person view at 720p that can be directly streamed or uploaded to Tencent’s drone social community platforms Wexin and QQ.
Qualcomm aptX HD Delivers High Resolution Audio over Bluetooth

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., launched Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, a newly enhanced codec that offers 24 bit music quality over a Bluetooth® wireless connection. Building on the existing aptX audio codec platform, which revolutionized the Bluetooth stereo listening experience, aptX HD is designed to enable audio manufacturers to meet the increasing demand for high resolution wireless audio.
Qualcomm Launches Bluetooth Smart SoC Optimized for the Always-on World
At CES® 2016 today Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has launched a new Bluetooth® Smart 4.2 System-on-Chip (SoC) family specifically designed to help engineers meet the needs of today’s “always-on” world. The CSR®102x family is optimized for specific applications in the Internet of Things (IoT), including wireless remote controls, simple smart watches, home automation solutions and beacons, where balancing performance, battery life and cost is critical.


Qualcomm Issued:
Qualcomm expands collaboration with Novartis for connected COPD therapy
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary,Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Novartis are expanding their global connected therapy management collaboration. Novartis will leverage Qualcomm Life’s connectivity solutions to power its next-generation connected Breezhaler™, the inhaler for its Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) portfolio. 
Novartis Pharmaceuticals collaborates with Qualcomm in digital innovation with the Breezhaler™ inhaler device to treat COPD
The Breezhaler™ inhaler is the device for Novartis’ portfolio of COPD treatments of Onbrez and Seebri, and Ultibro, the leading LABA/LAMA treatment
The collaboration further supports Novartis’ focus to empower patients making it easier for them to manage their own chronic disease by having near real time access to their own data on inhalation use
Novartis plans to launch the next generation connected Breezhaler™ in 2019
Novartis announced today a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc, in digital innovation with the Breezhaler™ inhaler device to treat COPD. Under this collaboration, Qualcomm Life will provide the technology solution for the connectivity of the next generation of the Breezhaler™ inhaler, a device used for Novartis’ portfolio of COPD treatments of Onbrez™ Breezhaler Seebri™ Breezhaler, and Ultibro™ Breezhaler, the leading LABA/LAMA treatment.
3rd Party Customers/Partners:
First Response™ Unveils First Ever Bluetooth® Smart-Enabled Pregnancy Test at CES

Today, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., the makers of First Response™ pregnancy and ovulation tests, announced the launch of First Response™ Pregnancy PRO Digital Pregnancy Test & App Access – their latest innovation and the first and only Bluetooth Smart-enabled pregnancy test on the market. First Response™ Pregnancy PRO connects to a woman’s smart device through a mobile application, which then delivers a personalized user experience throughout her entire pregnancy journey.

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