Qualcomm won a $31 million patent infringement case against Apple

Qualcomm won a $31 million patent infringement case against Apple

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Qualcomm has won a victory against Apple in a sideshow to the main legal struggle between between the two tech giants.

A San Diego jury has found that Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents regarding iPhone startup and battery life, according to Reuters. The jury has ordered that Apple pay $1.41 per iPhone with patent infringement, which comes to about $31 million.

Apple and Qualcomm are engaged in an ongoing legal battle regarding Qualcomm’s policy of charging intellectual property licensing fees on top of the actual prices for its smartphone chips. Apple has brought a lawsuit against Qualcomm for $1 billion alleging that Qualcomm is charging for IP that it has no right to — that case goes to court in April.  Read more…

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Qualcomm is building 5G into chipsets and PCs

Qualcomm is building 5G into chipsets and PCs

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BARCELONA—Qualcomm is taking the next step into 5G, promising 5G-enabled Windows laptops and to integrate 5G into next year’s Snapdragon smartphone platform. Both Qualcomm’s 8cx 5G chipset for PCs and its unnamed future integrated phone chipset will rely on its new X55 modem, which supports all of the current globally planned 5G networks.

The new mobile phone platform (let’s call it the Snapdragon 865, although it may be a new product line for 5G) will be ready for commercial devices in early 2020, and Samsung will use the new platform in future products—probably the Galaxy S11.

“We look forward to introducing a device on this platform in the near future,” Dr. June Hee Lee, head of Samsung’s technology strategy team said. Read more…

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Qualcomm speeds up Wi-Fi for a 5G world

Qualcomm speeds up Wi-Fi for a 5G world

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BARCELONA—Your Wi-Fi network is probably facing a traffic jam, and it’ll only get worse in the era of 5G. Here at Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm just released a new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip that aims to ease that congestion using new technologies in Wi-Fi 6.

“We can turn the 2.4GHz wasteland into usable spectrum,” said Dino Bekis, the head of Qualcomm’s mobile and compute connectivity group.

The main band used for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks, 2.4GHz, is insanely congested. That slows down a lot of home and public network connections. The new QCA6390’s Wi-Fi 6 implementation uses a new form of encoding (for Wi-Fi) called OFDMA with 1024QAM, which “allows for more clients to operate simultaneously with less on-air time,” Bekis said. With each Wi-Fi device hogging the airwaves for fewer milliseconds, more devices can share each of 2.4GHz’s three clear channels. Read more…

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