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Q'comm partnerships target IoT, automotive, medical apps

Posted: 08 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm  Internet of Things  automotive  smartphone  LTE 

At this year's CES, Qualcomm has announced a number partnerships intended for smartphones, Internet of Things devices, automotive platforms and mobile health market. Foremost among these partnerships involves the LG G Flex2, a curved, "self-healing" smartphone and the first to be powered by a Snapdragon 810 octacore processor with carrier aggregation. The handset also uses Qualcomm's Adreno 430 GPU embedded in the 810.

The Snapdragon chip family is in more than one billon Android smartphones, Qualcomm president Derek Aberle said. He expects "tremendous growth in smartphones" in the next five years, with an additional eight billion shipments in developed and emerging regions between 2014 and 2018.

G Flex2

The G Flex2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810.

"Although we continue to see a lot of momentum around technology for mobile, we see a huge opportunity to take those technologies into new segments and transform the edge of the Internet," Aberle noted.

Mobile technology, wearables and the Internet of Things share many of the same "pain points" in size, power and computing requirements. Aberle said Qualcomm has its silicon (both processors and modems) in more than 15 wearable products in 30 countries.

In the IoT, Qualcomm has introduced a smart lighting kit that it says will "help any company build smart light bulbs." It has partnered with the smart bulb company LIFX and contributed WiFi connectivity as well as its AllJoyn protocol, now part of the AllSeen Alliance under the Linux Foundation.

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