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Qualcomm unveils AI, VR products at Mobile World Congress(MWC)

Qualcomm's AI Engine relies on the Snapdragon neural processing engine and the core hardware components of contemporary chips.

What do you expect from the big companies when talking about Mobile World Congress(MWC)? Undoubtedly, the use of new technology in the smartphones is the thing we have been looking forward to. Almost all the big giants like Sony, Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft etc have showcased their latest products at the MWC 2018. Qualcomm has also joined the mobile league and unveiled amazing products at MWC this year. Let’s have a look at what Qualcomm revealed at the event.

Qualcomm AI Engine

Qualcomm has unveiled its new AI engine that combines both hardware and software tools. It let users have AI experiences on mobile devices. Qualcomm’s AI Engine will support the Snapdragon 660, 820, and 835. The company’s latest 845 chip set will also support the new engine. The engine relies on the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine and the core hardware components of contemporary chips, including the Adreno GPU, Kyro CPU, and the Hexagon Vector Processor.

Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR platform

Based on the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset, Qualcomm has revealed a new Mobile VR reference design. The newly-released mobile VR platform has many interesting features such as foveated rendering, which combines graphics rendering with eye tracking to better gauge where the user is looking. It also includes room scaling abilities using 6DoF (Degrees of Freedom) and Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) which will allow headsets based on the SD845 Mobile VR platform to track the body and location of users in a room without the need for cables or separate room sensors.

5G Network Simulation

Qualcomm revealed the outcomes of 5G network simulation at Mobile World Congress(MWC) to show the potential of new generation mobile technology.  The company showed the faster speeds, reduced latency and improved user experience that can be expected from 5G by combining existing LTE sites and 5G NR sites.

According to the sources, two separate simulations were conducted in this process. The first modeled a NSA 5G NR network in Frankfurt, Germany, operating on 100 MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum, with an underlying gigabit LTE network operating across five LTE spectrum bands. The second modeled a hypothetical NSA 5G NR network in San Francisco, operating in 800 MHz of 28 GHz mmWave spectrum, with an underlying gigabit LTE network operating across four licensed LTE spectrum bands plus License Assisted Access bands.

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Kritika Sehgal

A storyteller and a writer from the hills of Shimla, Kritika Sehgal is a tech- savvy and has a strong inclination towards Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Cryptocurrencies. She is also the founder of storytelling blog ‘Words of Five Senses' and has worked with The Indian Express, CNN News18 and Techseen, Singapore before.

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