At its CES 2022 conference, Qualcomm made several announcements. The company is partnering with Microsoft to make chips for smart glasses during the same year that Apple’s own headset is rumored to hit the market. Qualcomm also showcased its solutions for next-generation vehicles that will take in-car infotainment to the next level. Imagine streaming a 4K movie on the big screen or playing PC games in your electric car while traveling? Those are some of the possibilities that are in the pipeline right now. But it was Qualcomm’s belief around the potential of 5G, especially its faster mmWave version, that really stood out.
5G as a Universal Technology
Taking to the stage, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon made a self-judgmentally bold statement that 5G, including mmWave, is a universal last-mile technology that is not just for phones, PCs, extended reality wearables, gaming hardware and smart IoT. beyond connecting the devices. , Amon shared an example of a small business operating in a confined space. Deploying mmWave 5G in such a workspace ensures that all devices have access to faster 5G speeds, can take advantage of cloud computing, and stream content for virtual collaboration as well as entertainment. More importantly, all the above benefits can be taken at home as well.
Say hello to wireless fiber over 5G
The Qualcomm chief said he envisions a world where 5G co-exists with Wi-Fi as a direct broadband access medium. And AT&T is one of the company’s first partners in achieving that goal, as both are working on something the carrier calls wireless fiber. “Around…at home, at work, and on the go, customer demand for connectivity is accelerating. To stay ahead of this, we are focusing on 5G as a core technology for both backhaul and direct broadband access connecting homes and businesses,” said AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh.
5G Streaming, Gaming, And Yes….Metaverse
Qualcomm’s confidence in 5G matters a lot, especially considering the diverse areas it is now catering to. And 5G, especially in its mmWave band, opens the door to high-resolution content streaming and cloud-based gaming facilitated by the likes of Google Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia GeForce Now. With Qualcomm’s silicon and 5G hardware always-on connected PCs no longer look like vaporware, and thanks to its strong relationship with Microsoft, 2022 actually looks more hopeful than ever for ARM PCs.
The Metaverse, with all its potentially immersive Internet experiences facilitated by AR and VR devices, will require an enabler like 5G to create those virtual worlds that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg so boldly promised. And then there’s the future of the connected automobile, which will certainly tap into the potential of fast cellular connectivity to deliver luxuries like a high-resolution, in-cabin multimedia experience. Qualcomm has a deeply vested interest in all of the above areas, more than ever in 2022, and 5G appears to be a main recurring theme in each domain.