Qualcomm shows off wireless chargers and augmented reality tech: Photos

Qualcomm shows off wireless chargers and augmented reality tech: Photos

Summary: It'd be a mistake to think of Qualcomm only as a mobile processor company — as seen by the augmented reality kit, wireless charger and other nifty tech it showed off at its IQ 2012 conference.

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  • Qualcomm 2Net Hub

    Mobile radios are increasingly finding their way into all sorts of devices, many of them used for healthcare.

    Pictured here you will see a fertility monitoring device, glucose sensors, a wearable fitness device and an ECG monitor. Their manufacturers sometimes don't think too hard about the wireless data transmission element, so they are usually not standardised.

    That's where Qualcomm steps in, with something called the 2Net Hub. It contains a stack of low-power radios, and effectively provides a single point of connectivity for all those devices.

    Needless to say, that's not much use when the device is supposed to be generally carried around. It would help for monitoring people at home, though.

    The 2Net Hub is already out in the US, and it is expected to hit Europe later this year.

    (Image credit: David Meyer)

  • Qualcomm femtocell

    This is a reference design for one of Qualcomm's small cells, or femtocells.

    They may be a fringe effort right now, but femtocells will be very important when it comes to LTE-Advanced, or proper 4G (LTE is allowed to be marketed as 4G, but it falls slightly short of conforming to the specification).

    The reason for this is that LTE is, according to Qualcomm R&D's Prashanth Sharma, no more spectrally efficient at this stage than the latest iterations of HSPA. So the general industry plan for its successor is to complement standard macro cells with small cells, to increase efficiency.

    The femtocells used these days tend to be very low-powered, to stop them from reaching far enough to interfere with the macro cells. Part of the LTE-Advanced idea is to reserve small parts of the LTE spectrum for the small cells — it takes resources away from the macro cells, but the resulting efficiency boost sees overall capacity increase significantly.

    Sharma said operational trials had seen network capacity increase by 180 percent through optimised deployment, as opposed to the 40 percent boost gained by simply throwing a few small cells into the mix.

    (Image credit: David Meyer)

Topics: Emerging Tech, Mobility

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • Misleading marketing...

    It should be called 'plug-less' charging, not wireless.
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