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Qualcomm Launches Technology Innovation with Advancements in the Always Connected PC and its Next-Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform

December 5, at its second annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), made several customer, ecosystem and technology announcements aimed to deliver significant advancements and innovation in mobile and Always Connected PC technologies. 


Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of QCT, as well as Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, were joined on stage by senior executives from Microsoft, Asus, Sprint, HP, AMD, Xiaomi and Samsung Electronics, each delivering technologies and products designed to support superior mobile experiences for the consumer using Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platforms. 

Always Connected PC

Amon was joined by Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, where they reiterated their collaboration and the progress made over the last several months, to deliver Windows 10 on Snapdragon. They were joined by Jerry Shen, chief executive officer of Asus, who announced the first Windows on Snapdragon device: the 2-in-1 convertible ASUS DragonBook, expected to be available early next year. Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager of consumer personal systems at HP, Inc., also joined Amon to announce a detachable HP ENVY x2 Windows on Snapdragon Mobile PC. This new class of PC can support an always on and always connected experience with Gigabit LTE speed*. It also supports beyond all-day battery life and thin, sleek, fanless PC designs, all while incorporating Windows 10.  

Mobile operators are also supporting Qualcomm Technologies’ initiative with Günther Ottendorfer, chief operating officer of technology at Sprint, announcing its support for the new Always Connected PC category and its desire to deliver unlimited data to the Windows on Snapdragon ecosystem. 

Qualcomm Technologies was then joined by Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager of the client business unit at AMD, to announce their collective work to bring Qualcomm Technologies modem technology to AMD’s high-performance Ryzen processor platforms. AMD and Qualcomm Technologies hope to make it easy for leading global PC companies to create premium computing platforms with virtually always connected, Gigabit LTE speeds connectivity alongside the AMD Ryzen mobile processors’ blazingly fast performance, fluid graphics rendering, and optimal efficiency.

“Qualcomm Technologies continues to transform the way people use their mobile devices,” said Amon. “At the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, we are excited to highlight our role in the mobile ecosystem while we continue to execute on our strategy in adjacent areas with the Always Connected PC. I am honored to have been joined on stage today by industry leaders from around the globe to illustrate how we are driving mobile technology forward to redefine consumer mobile experiences.” 

Announcing the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform

Katouzian unveiled Qualcomm Technologies’ next generation flagship mobile technology – the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. The full unveiling of all the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform features and specs will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 6. To highlight Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to the China ecosystem, Katouzian was joined by Xiaomi Founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Lei Jun. Mr. Jun emphasized Xiaomi’s close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies in the premium tier and announced that Xiaomi’s next flagship smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845.  

ES Jung, president and general manager of the Foundry Business, Samsung Electronics, then took to the stage to confirm Samsung LSI will be the foundry for Snapdragon 845 as the Companies continue to work together to advance the silicon manufacturing process.   

Ecosystem/Customer Quotes

AMD:

 “AMD and Qualcomm Technologies have a long history of working together to deliver computing solutions based on AMD processor and Qualcomm Technologies modem solutions, and we are very excited to extend that work to platforms based on the newly announced Ryzen™ mobile processor with Radeon™ Vega graphics,” said Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager, client computing, AMD. “OEMs can now build Always Connected PC’s with AMD Ryzen mobile processors and Qualcomm Technologies’ industry leading connectivity technologies, delivering an unprecedented combination of desktop-class performance and virtually always-on connectivity in an ultrathin notebook.”

Asus:
“Today marks the beginning of a new era of personal computing and ASUS is proud to be paving the way with Qualcomm Technologies and other companies to develop this new landscape for ‘Always Connected’ Windows on Snapdragon PCs. ASUS DragonBook reinvents the concept of laptop connectivity and productivity — it’s the world’s first announced laptop that is connected virtually anywhere, at any time, with the new Gigabit LTE network*; and lasts up to 22 hours on a single charge for ‘all-day’ battery life,” said Jerry Shen, chief executive officer, ASUS

HP:

“Mobile intensive customers want a versatile device that keeps up with their busy lives and lets them be connected to everything that matters when they need to,” said Kevin Frost vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP, Inc. “The HP ENVY x2 is designed to go everywhere with an incredibly thin and durable design built to be always connected with ultra-fast 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.”

Microsoft:

“Windows 10 Always Connected PCs are the evolution of personal computing and feature the next wave of innovation that will deliver connectivity and battery life benefits,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and devices group, Microsoft. “Powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, these Always Connected devices will offer new user experiences coupled with the familiar Windows 10 experience, and the features you have come to know and love like multi-tasking, Windows Hello, Window Ink, and Cortana.”

Samsung: 

“I am proud to join Qualcomm Technologies on stage at the Snapdragon Technology Summit to confirm our continued position as the foundry for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform,” said Dr. ES Jung, president and general manager of Foundry Business, at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung LSI continues to reduce the power consumption and increase performance in process technology and we look forward to the success of Snapdragon 845 in 2018.”

Sprint:
“We are very enthused about the Always Connected PC as a new category that clearly meets a strong consumer need, and the Sprint LTE Plus network is a natural partner,” said Günther Ottendorfer, chief operating officer, technology, Sprint. “We’re delighted to bring customers an unmatched value proposition, pairing Always Connected PCs with our best value rate plans on the highest capacity LTE Plus network that’s built for unlimited data. Today the Sprint network is performing at its best-ever levels and we look forward to supporting Always Connected PCs with fast, strong, reliable service in top markets across the country.”

Xiaomi: 
“I am very excited to be part of the Snapdragon Technology Summit and reaffirm that Xiaomi’s close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies in the premium tier will continue into 2018,” said Lei Jun, Founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Xiaomi. “Xiaomi is committed to making devices that combine cutting-edge innovations in technology and beautiful design, while defying price expectations, and we have chosen Snapdragon 845 to power our next flagship smartphone.”

This year’s Snapdragon Technology Summit features an inside look at the latest innovations built into Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, along with demonstrations that exhibit upcoming technologies and advancements that will continue to shape the way we use mobile devices, always connected PCs and other future technologies.  


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