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Qualcomm showcases robots, smartwatches, glasses

23 Sep 2014  | Rick Merritt

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In chips, the company's QCA 4002 is aiming for use in consumer IoT systems. The 1 x 1 .11n dual-band chip (shown below on a Murata board) uses a Tensilica core. The company expects to migrate it eventually to an ARM-based design for a full microcontroller function.

Long-term, Qualcomm sees the emerging .11ah standard for unlicensed bands in the 700-900MHz range as the next killer transport for IoT. But products generally supporting whole-home coverage at a few Mb/s won't emerge until next year and may take five years getting widespread use, said Michael Stauffer, a Qualcomm business development manager.

Chips for smartphones

Chips for smartphones

Snapdragon now powers more than a billion Android phones, said Mollenkopf, noting the company sold 748 million MSM chips in calendar 2013 alone. Some 1,350 Snapdragon devices have been announced, with 525 more in design. The company's LTE chips power 2,000 designs, he added, predicting a market of eight billion smartphones over the next five years.

Qualcomm announced no new chips at Uplinq beyond the 810, its first 20nm SoC announced recently. The chip is a 64-bitter based on ARM's A57 core and Big.little architecture. It supports HEVC playback and capture, has a 14bit image signal processor, and supports multiple wireless charging schemes.

Looking forward, Talluri said Qualcomm will roll out a secure kill-switch feature still in design with partners. He also suggested future phones will support biometrics, something Apple pioneered using fingerprints.

In addition, he demonstrated depth cameras using a 4 x 4 camera array on a tablet using software from Pelican Imaging. Google started the trend with its Project Tango. Last week, Intel rolled out its own 3D camera SDK and showed a Dell tablet using it.

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