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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

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Huawei is also now the world's largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is supposed to charge a battery to 50% full in 5 minutes, and 100% full in 15 minutes. Xilinx wants to help drive open, interoperable, and adaptable Radio Access Network (RAN) 5G technologies. The company this week joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition, an organization that advocates for open and interoperable solutions in RAN. Xilinx is already a member of O-RAN alliance and is a contributor to the 3GPP specifications for 5G mobile networks. Xilinx offers silicon that supports multiple standards, bands, carriers and sub-networks for Open RAN, the company said in its press release.


With 5G+AI Twin Engines - Qualcomm, WIMI and Samsung Bring New Opportunities to the Industry

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HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2020 / The arrival of 5G will bring new explosive points for market development. Undeniably, the promotion of 4G promoted the increase of users, and the operators made a lot of investment and construction of data centers to meet the needs of users, which led to a wave of high tide of server procurement. Compared with 3G and 4G, 5G has improved its speed by about 10 times, which has achieved a qualitative leap in the development of server market. In the future, 5G rate is expected to increase by tens of times, which will undoubtedly inject more vitality into the market. For example, industries that were previously limited by data processing speed are expected to break through bottlenecks and achieve substantial growth.


How does your smartphone use artificial intelligence (AI)? Descrier News

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting technological growth areas in recent years, with some investors like technologically-focused entrepreneur Tej Kohli predicting the sector will be worth $150 trillion (£125tn) by 2025, but why do we need the technology in our phones? Flagship devices today all come equipped with specialised AI processing chips, known and neural engines or neural processing units, from Apple's A12 Bionic CPU to Huawei's Kirin 980 or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, and more and more tasks are using their advanced processing capabilities. The most obvious artificial intelligence in our phones are the voice assistants that learn to understand our voice commands and then act appropriately from telling us the weather to playing our favourite song or adding an appointment to our calendar. Google, Apple, and Amazon have steered clear of labelling their services as AI so as not to scare away users fearful of a robot takeover, but these services rely on machine learning to function – understanding what you are telling them to do and then performing the right action. Possibly the most advanced implementation of any digital assistant is Google's Duplex service that will make calls and interact with other people and businesses on your behalf.


Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei compared and ranked

The Guardian

Tue 17 Dec 2019 02.00 EST Last modified on Tue 17 Dec 2019 02.02 EST Need a new smartphone but don't know which one is the very best? Here's a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus and others to help you pick the best handset for you. There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available at a wider range of prices than ever before. Whether your priority is two-day battery life, fantastic camera performance or a spectacular screen, there's plenty to choose from. This Guardian buyer's guide to top-end smartphones was last updated on 17 December 2019, and represents the best available models at the time. As new models are released and tested, this guide will be updated to help you choose the right flagship phone for you. Welcome to one of the Guardian's new buyer's guides.


Qualcomm Bolsters 5G Outlook on Silicon Demand - SDxCentral

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And to that end, the 34-year-old company already appears to have some wind in its sails. Revenues were down 17% year over year during the company's fiscal year fourth quarter, but it beat Wall Street's expectations and sent company stock up 7%. The company is hinging its future performance on 5G, and highlighted areas of momentum that it expects to fuel growth. CEO Steve Mollenkopf told analysts that the company is actively working with standards bodies to define forthcoming advancements in 5G and positioning itself to support the expansion of 5G into enterprise, industrial IoT, and automotive markets. "The complexity and expansion of cellular technologies beyond the smartphone into nearly every industry play directly to Qualcomm's strengths and are why we believe 5G will represent the single biggest opportunity in Qualcomm's history," he said during an earnings call, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.


Who Is The Leader In AI Hardware?

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A few months ago, I published a blog that highlighted Qualcomm's plans to enter the data center market with the Cloud AI100 chip sometime next year. While preparing the blog, our founder and principal analyst, Patrick Moorhead, called to point out that Qualcomm, not NVIDIA, probably has the largest market share in AI chip volume thanks to its leadership in devices for smartphones. Turns out, we were both right; it just depends on what you are counting. In the mobile and embedded space, Qualcomm powers hundreds of consumer and embedded devices running AI; it has shipped well over one billion Snapdragons and counting, all which support some level of AI today. In the data center, however, NVIDIA likely has well over 90% share of the market for training.


Google Pixel 4 XL review: not quite ready for primetime

The Guardian

Google's latest Pixel 4 XL smartphone is its bravest yet, throwing out the conventions of old, integrating cutting-edge technology and attempting to round it all out with a special mix of software direct from the Android-maker. By now you probably know the drill. The Pixel 4 XL is a metal and glass sandwich like practically every other phone. Unlike most though the aluminium sides have a black textured coating, which aids grip, while the back feels almost like super-smooth skin or silk rather than glass. It also has bold, contrasting colours, if you choose the white or orange variant, that make it stand out well against the competition.


Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL review: Function over form

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Annually since 2016, Google has released a pair of flagship Pixel smartphones designed to showcase the very best of Android. This year was like any other with the debut of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which ship running Android 10. But what's unusual this time around is that the newest duo's hardware is perhaps just as compelling as their software. Gone is the two-tone rear cover that featured prominently on the original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series, replaced with polished and grippy Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It's easier to grasp ahold of than that of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and it's more resistant to oily fingers and pocket lint. The Pixel 4 series is IP68 certified to withstand up to five feet of water for half an hour, which puts it on par with the outgoing Pixel 3 series. But both the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL are a good deal heavier than the Pixel 3 (5.71 The Pixel 4 series' frame is coated with a soft-touch material that's jet black on all three of the colorways -- Clearly White, Just Black, and the limited edition Oh So Orange. The haptics, which Google characterizes as "sharp and textured," feel great.


Qualcomm serves up trio of new chips garnished with lavish ladles of AI gravy

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AI Day Qualcomm has dropped the veil on a trio of new chips today, including two Snapdragon processors for smartphones and one AI accelerator for cloud services. The chips were confirmed at Qualcomm's AI Day keynote speech in San Francisco. While the new Snapdragons are logical evolutions of the processor line, what's more interesting, perhaps, is its AI accelerator chip, which has been dubbed the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100. It's the first time the semiconductor biz has ventured to build an AI chip for cloud computing and it claims the chip will max out at more than 350 tera operations per second (TOPS) at peak performance. That said, full performance benchmarks are still under review.


Apple settles dispute with Qualcomm, potentially allowing new features to come to the iPhone

The Independent - Tech

Apple has settled a major argument with chip maker Qualcomm that could help change the future of the iPhone. The two companies were locked in a bitter and worldwide international dispute about the technology that iPhones use to connect to the internet. The pair had been expected to try and resolve the dispute in legal hearings in San Diego, in a case that involved Apple's key iPhone suppliers. But just as that case began, the surprise truce was announced, with few details of the settlement being revealed. We'll tell you what's true.