Qualcomm Technologies is successfully transitioning from a communications-based to a connected-computing firm, said Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager of the US company’s mobile, personal computing, voice, music, wearables, and extended reality (XR) business units. Katouzian, who is visiting the company’s offices in India where Qualcomm has around 17,000 engineers, shared his thoughts on the 5G ecosystem, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled personal computers (PCs), generative AI (GenAI) smartphones, XR devices, and the company’s overall smart device strategy in India. Edited excerpts from an interview: The G transitions traditionally are about 10 years apart.
We (Qualcomm) tried to push the market and the technology to speed up the G(s). We launched 5G towards the end of 2019. A year later, it started to take off with data cards, following which phones helped it pick up momentum.
Later, what helped was the embedded 5G capability in multiple devices and networks around the world—both private and public cellular networks; the movement towards vRAN (virtualized radio access network); and competition between multiple vendors to provide the best solution. While 4G is still in existence, the numbers are larger than the 3G volumes. But if you have IoT (internet of things) devices at home or in the field, you would not want a generation minus one (older) technology if you’re making sure it’s going to last for 10 years.
We have a roadmap to help transition 4G into 5G with even more aggressive type of capabilities. I anticipate 6G to start rolling out somewhere towards 2029. For the longest period of time, AI was running in the background on devices—it would generate a better picture, a better video,. Read more on livemint.com