COMPUTEX 2021: Snapdragon leads 5G PC and mobile computing development

5G is gaining momentum and has driven changes in many industries and product categories in just the past two years. Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile, computing and infrastructure business at Qualcomm Technologies, shared the above trends in the COMPUTEX 2021 virtual keynote speech, and further elaborated on the deployment of 5G networks and 5G How the proliferation of technology is driving the development of Qualcomm’s 5G PC product portfolio and driving the evolution of mobile computing. Thanks to the powerful and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon computing platform, Windows 10 and Chrome OS-based laptops can meet the needs of users to connect, calculate and communicate anytime, anywhere, allowing users to enjoy an always-connected experience.

Other advanced features such as AI and Unbounded XR will also continue to drive the future of mobile PCs, and Qualcomm Technologies’ recent acquisition of NUVIA will cement Qualcomm’s leadership in CPU design. Katuzan also emphasized the importance of cooperation and shared how the cooperation between Qualcomm and Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, HP and other companies will further stimulate innovation and change the ecology of mobile computing.

In the past few months, Qualcomm’s mobile computing business has achieved several milestones in the enterprise, education market and remote working. At CES in January this year, the Snapdragon 8cx second-generation computing platform was commercialized, bringing extreme performance and long-lasting battery life, powerful AI and graphics processing capabilities, and industry-leading 5G and Wi-Fi connectivity to new devices. In addition, we also saw HP launch the HP Elite Folio, the first enterprise-class PC product powered by the Snapdragon computing platform.

At present, for corporate employees who work from home or are about to resume mobile work, the remote working environment places high demands on effective security. IT leaders and managers appreciate the many advantages of always-on, always-connected PCs powered by the Snapdragon computing platform, as secure and reliable 5G and 4G LTE connectivity enables real-time alert reports and timely resolution through updates problem, even if the user is away from the laptop. Additionally, built-in cellular connectivity reduces the need for less secure public Wi-Fi networks. Companies such as Sophos and Watchguard are providing Snapdragon with solutions for 5G and LTE security, addressing the growing need for remote workers who want to stay connected securely anytime, anywhere.

All along, Qualcomm’s advanced technology has provided strong support for users’ learning and life, and utilizes safe and reliable LTE connections to facilitate IT administrators to ensure the security of school education systems. Qualcomm has always focused on its investment in education, and announced the JP.IK Leap T304 and Acer Chromebook 511 during the BETT SHOW in London, UK. These affordable PC products can provide the student community with longer battery life and the experience they expect.

The need for connectivity has become even more pronounced over the past year. This has also brought attention to tools that help boost productivity and creativity. Leading creativity and productivity service providers, such as Zoom and Adobe, continue to push important updates to Arm-based Windows 10 systems, providing native support for popular applications such as video conferencing, creativity and productivity tools for Snapdragon.

Qualcomm has never stopped the pace of innovation. A few weeks ago, we announced an upgrade to the Snapdragon 7c, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform, designed to bring top-of-the-line features and capabilities to more entry-level Windows 10 and Chromebook devices. Superior performance, battery life, LTE connectivity, AI acceleration, and enterprise-grade security features make devices powered by the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 computing platform affordable for education practitioners, frontline workers, newcomers to the workplace and ordinary consumers. The price provides the connectivity and flexibility it needs, making it a solid choice for these demographics.

Today, advanced imaging and audio features are critical to meeting the demands of remote work and video conferencing. In order to better meet these needs, the Snapdragon 7c 2nd generation computing platform and Snapdragon 8cx 2nd generation computing platform both integrate Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology and Qualcomm Spectra 255 ISP, which can bring ultra-clear audio quality and ultra-sharp video function. In addition, the new Snapdragon Development Kit for Arm-based Windows 10 PCs will help developers take advantage of the unique features and capabilities of the Snapdragon Compute Platform for seamless software development.

As Katuzan puts it, working together is a decisive factor in building the mobile PC of the future. Today, Qualcomm’s advanced entry-level and top-of-the-line computing platforms are enabling a new generation of Samsung mobile PC products. The new Samsung Galaxy Book Go uses the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 computing platform to deliver powerful performance and long-lasting battery life in a thin, fanless and affordable mobile device. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Book Go 5G powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G computing platform supports a host of amazing features, including outstanding performance, power efficiency and blazing-fast 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

These two products share the shared vision of Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung to create products that combine the portability and connectivity of a smartphone with the performance of a laptop. The relentless pursuit of innovation by both parties is helping to build an unprecedented connected world. In the future, Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung will continue to work together to provide the top mobile computing experience that users expect. We’re excited to continue working with Samsung, and look forward to seeing more people enjoy the Snapdragon native-powered experience.

Progress on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Compute Platform in 2021

January 7: Lenovo IdeaPad 4G and 5G announced, powered by Snapdragon 8c and Snapdragon 8cx 5G computing platforms, respectively

January 10: HP Elite Folio with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform announced, the first enterprise PC product to feature Snapdragon Compute Platform

January 17: JP-IK Leap Connect T304 and Acer Chromebook Spin 511 announced for the education market

February 23: Sophos security solution for 5G Snapdragon laptops announced

May 17: Adobe’s innovative apps are natively supported on Snapdragon laptops

May 18: WatchGuard security solution for Snapdragon is announced

May 24: Zoom video conferencing app supports native support on Snapdragon laptops

May 24: Snapdragon Development Kit for Windows-based PCs announced

June 2: Samsung Galaxy Book Go announces two new products powered by Snapdragon 7c 2nd Gen and Snapdragon 8cx 2nd Gen 5G computing platforms

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Aqstic and Qualcomm Spectra are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

COMPUTEX 2021: Snapdragon leads 5G PC and mobile computing development

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