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MWC 2019: Qualcomm Unveils 5G Chips for Automobiles, PCs, Residence Broadband

Qualcomm on Monday introduced 5G networking chips for a spread of functions past smartphones, aiming to bolster a enterprise that has misplaced Apple as a significant buyer and faces unprecedented ranges of competitors.

San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world’s largest provider of cell phone chips and has instructed traders it expects a giant increase from 5G networks, which is able to begin rolling out this 12 months and have increased speeds than present 4G networks. Qualcomm chips will provide the 5G connectivity in units equivalent to Samsung Electronics’s Galaxy Fold smartphone.

However Qualcomm faces challenges in its cell chip enterprise, with Apple deciding on Intel Corp alone to attach its iPhones launched final 12 months to cell information networks. And MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei Applied sciences have all introduced plans to make 5G chips, with Samsung and Huawei each planning to make use of the chips in some fashions of their very own telephones, consuming into potential enterprise for Qualcomm.

On the Cell World Congress occasion in Spain on Monday, Qualcomm introduced its plans to get its 5G chips into different markets past telephones. Qualcomm stated it working with Japanese e-commerce retailer Rakuten Inc’s cell division to produce 5G chips for networking gear the retailer is rolling out in Japan.

Qualcomm additionally has a brand new chip for private computer systems that may join them to 5G networks, constructing on Qualcomm’s earlier efforts to assault rival Intel in its core market of central processors. Qualcomm additionally introduced chips for so-called 5G mounted wi-fi stations, which carriers equivalent to Verizon Communications Inc are hoping might grow to be speedy sufficient to exchange dwelling broadband connections that many shoppers in the US get from their cable operators.

Qualcomm additionally introduced a brand new set of chips aimed toward automakers on Monday. Qualcomm’s current chips assist automobiles hook up with the web, however the 5G chips are anticipated to attach automobiles to different automobiles on the highway in addition to objects equivalent to site visitors indicators and indicators as automobiles acquire new ranges of autonomous navigation.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

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