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Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google may have given us the first official glimpse of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it's the Google Tensor chipset inside the upcoming Android 12 phones that's arguably more exciting. The company's first homegrown SoC, or system-on-chip, for smartphones, it sees Google take a long-rumored step down a path Apple has already followed.

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2023 iPhone could launch Apple’s huge Qualcomm 5G modem snub

2023 iPhone could launch Apple’s huge Qualcomm 5G modem snub

Apple's next big black eye to Qualcomm may come sooner than many expected, with the iPhone tipped to switch to a homegrown 5G modem design in 2023 according to a new analyst report. Although Apple designs a significant number of iPhone components itself, including the primary A-series chipset, it still relies on third-party modems for the smartphones.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem flaw puts Android users at risk

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem flaw puts Android users at risk

Manufacturers and network operators have been pushing 5G technology hard, even throughout a pandemic that forced some industries to stall for a while. Now it seems, however, that one of the most critical pieces of hardware that enables that technology for users might be putting them at risk as well. Qualcomm's 5G modem reportedly has a very severe flaw that can be exploited through Android, putting potentially hundreds of thousands of users at risk.

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Apple’s iPhone 6G plan seeks talent for next “key strategic transition”

Apple’s iPhone 6G plan seeks talent for next “key strategic transition”

Apple is already beginning work on the iPhone 6G, adding experts to its staff even as the general consensus puts the next-generation technology almost a decade out from deployment. It comes as after the Cupertino firm faced some criticism for being relatively late in adopting 5G compared to iPhone's Android rivals, having added the tech to the iPhone 12 family late in 2020.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G modem revealed with support for 10 Gigabit speeds

Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G modem revealed with support for 10 Gigabit speeds

Qualcomm today announced its fourth-gen 5G modem, the Snapdragon X65 5G. While the X65 offers a number of upgrades over its predecessors, the biggest upgrade is support for 5G speeds up to 10 Gbps. It'll probably be a while before we see mobile carriers actually attain those speeds and offer them consistently, but the name of the game for the X65 seems to be future-proofing for precisely that scenario.

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NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

While 5G is always in the news for the past one or two years, it isn't the end-all and be-all of wireless communication technologies. On the one hand, there are still more people and devices who use and need 4G LTE networks. On the other hand, WiFi, especially the latest WiFi 6E iteration, still offers a more stable multi-user solution. At CES 2021, NETGEAR is addressing all of these use cases with a number of new networking equipment, including a rather rare mobile wireless router.

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Apple modem plan aims to oust Qualcomm 5G

Apple modem plan aims to oust Qualcomm 5G

Apple is working on its own cellular modem, aiming to oust Qualcomm from its iPhone, iPad, and other devices, much in the same way that Apple Silicon is squeezing out Intel from Mac. The move would see Apple gain another degree of control in its device design, a strategy which has seen the consumer electronics firm already segue into chip-design among other things.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 prepares for wider 5G roll out

Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 prepares for wider 5G roll out

As carriers around the world have started rolling out 5G networks, Qualcomm has been iterating on its 5G modem RF-Systems. This began with the launch of the Snapdragon X50, which was followed by the X55. Now, it seems, the company is ready to launch its third-generation 5G modem-RF system, today announcing the Snapdragon X60.

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Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Today the official Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the term Wi-Fi 6E as a differentiator from the original Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will know that a device will have access to 6Ghz wi-fi spectrum. Devices out right now with Wi-Fi 6 have access to 5Ghz operation. In the near future, some new devices will be capable of Wi-Fi 6 and beyond - into 6Ghz - so the Wi-Fi Alliance created a slightly more elite term, Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E vs 6: What's the difference?

Wi-Fi 6E has access to all the benefits given to devices with the Wi-Fi 6 designation. Wi-Fi 6E ALSO has access to 6Ghz operation, or what the Wi-Fi Alliance defines as "an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon by made available by regulators around the world."

Wi-Fi 5 was another name for the 802.11ac parameter, while Wi-Fi 6 is aka 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 5 had access to 5Ghz Frequency, while Wi-Fi 6 has access to 2.5 and 5Ghz frequency. The max data rate of Wi-Fi 5 is 3.5 Gb/s, and Wi-Fi 6 goes up to 9.6Gb/s. Wi-Fi 6E is the same as Wi-Fi 6, except that it ALSO has access to 6Ghz spectrum frequency.

This is sort of separate from 5G, but it compliments the near future of the internet data market. Once 5G gets rolling across the world, we'll see apps and networks that depend on 5G-speed data. To make sure Wi-Fi is ready to meed that demand, 6Ghz spectrum and all the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) are defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Why should I care?

If you're reading this in early 2020, you probably don't need to care about Wi-Fi 6E at all. If the marketplace evolves at an immense speed, we might see 6Ghz released for use by governments around the world for use by everyday average citizens.

"6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available."

The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get out ahead of the industry here with a term they can all use. If they were late on this particular point, we'd see a variety of terms used for Wi-Fi 6 (plus 6Ghz!) and so forth - and that's just messy.

Once 6GHz spectrum is made available by regulators, you'll likely see "Wi-Fi 6E" appear on promotions for new routers and smartphones in short order. The difference between Wi-Fi 6 devices and Wi-Fi 6E devices won't be massive right out the gate. Unless you depend on the absolute cutting-edge speeds and lack of latency and so forth, you can probably just choose Wi-Fi 6 devices if you have the choice between 6 and 6E, unless the prices between those two devices are quite similar.

The overarching story here has us all benefit from the opening up of 6Ghz spectrum because we'll all have more mobile data elbow room, so to speak - and faster data, and and lower latency.

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Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

It's been a big week for mobility, and if you've been wondering what will be powering your Galaxy S11, Pixel 5, or any number of other Android flagships in 2020, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit 2019 probably held the answer. The week-long event kicked off with new chipsets for smartphones before hitting AR/VR and finally computing, with 5G and AI ever-present themes along the way. Read on for the big news you need to know.

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Snapdragon just revealed its modem play to make 5G phones more affordable

Snapdragon just revealed its modem play to make 5G phones more affordable

Qualcomm doesn't just have a new Snapdragon 765 for midrange smartphones in 2020, but a new 5G modem too, the Snapdragon X52. Announced alongside the new Snapdragon 765 and 765G chipsets at Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Summit, the new modem borrows the key features from the Snapdragon X55 5G modem.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Arguably the biggest week in Qualcomm's calendar has arrived, with the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 promising new chipsets, speedier smartphones, and great lashings of 5G. The chip-maker has two new Snapdragon SoCs to announce, focusing not only on the high-end but mid-range devices too, and that makes the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 unexpectedly interesting.

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