Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 11 reading • Apple, Qualcomm will bring you a 5G iPhone — just not this year 3:14 Because 5G is a new standard, certification and testing aren’t as routine as they’ve become with 4G LTE devices. There are a couple different flavors of 5G, millimeter wave and sub-6GHz, and carriers are split on which to roll out first. Verizon and AT&T are opting for millimeter wave, while T-Mobile is focusing on sub-6GHz. Apple typically starts selling its iPhones as soon as they’re unveiled, and it sells them in high volumes from the beginning.”They have to have the design completely and utterly finalized by the springtime before they ship it in the fall,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said. “That means everything has been done, tested, evaluated and run through all the carriers. That process takes months.”Apple’s next iPhones likely will hit the market in September, only five months from now. That’s too late for all of the testing needed for Qualcomm’s 5G chips.Handset makers need early access to chipsUsing a modem in a phone requires close cooperation between the handset maker and the chipmaker. Modem suppliers give samples to companies as many as 18 months before the chip shows up in phones, and they often have reference designs to start testing before their phones are finalized. Typically, Android companies launch phones about eight months after receiving modem samples. Apple requires its modems earlier than Android vendors. Apple started talking to modem suppliers two years in advance of the first iPhone launch, Tony Blevins, the company’s vice president of procurement, said in a January trial. It no longer needs chips quite as early. Generally, Apple launches an iPhone about a year after it gets wireless chip samples. Share your voice • Still, Apple may be cutting it close, timing-wise, to have 5G in its fall 2020 iPhones.”We believe Apple and Qualcomm needed to start working together by April in order for Apple to launch 5G enabled smartphones for its September 2020 iPhone launch timeframe,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley noted.Qualcomm’s multimode 5G chip isn’t widely available until next yearThough everyone is using the same wireless technology, the carriers are employing different bands of spectrum. And the first-generation chip and antennas can’t tap into all of those frequencies at the same time.Most 5G phones available this year (except for those from Huawei) will use Qualcomm’s X50 modem. The chip only connects to 5G networks, which means handset makers also have to include a second modem for 4G, 3G and 2G in their devices. And the first phones are tied to a specific carrier. In other words, the 5G phone you buy for Verizon will work only on Verizon’s 5G network.Once Qualcomm’s upcoming X55 chip and new radios are out, a phone will be able to run on all major spectrum bands, all over the world. That means we’ll get unlocked 5G phones — if that’s what the handset makers choose. And there will be no need for a handset maker to also buy a separate 4G chip. The X55 will start showing up in devices later this year, Qualcomm said, but when it comes to X55-powered handsets, they’re more likely to hit in 2020, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon told CNET in an interview in February at Mobile World Congress. “There are some [phone makers] who are aggressive with their launch dates,” Amon said. “We could see some X55s but most of the smartphones coming from Q2 all the way to the holiday season will be [powered by the] … X50.”Qualcomm needs time to customize modems for AppleApple designs its own application processor — the brains of the iPhone — but it relies on third-party chips like those from Qualcomm for network connectivity. All Android vendors use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors that integrate the modem with the application processor. That improves battery life and has other benefits. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Galaxy S10 5G, Mate X, Motorola Mod: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone For Apple, Qualcomm takes the modem it embeds into its Snapdragon processors, wraps a different chipset around it and includes different software and other items to make it work in iPhones. Because Apple is the only Qualcomm smartphone customer that requires a standalone modem, Qualcomm has to custom-build its chips. Qualcomm CTO James Thompson testified in a January trial that it costs the company about $250 million a year to tweak its modems for Apple. Qualcomm and Apple haven’t been talking or working together for months, which means Qualcomm likely doesn’t have a standalone modem ready for Apple.”It usually takes about 18 months to go from a dead stop” to having a modem ready for Apple, Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said. Once the companies started talking settlement several weeks ago, Apple asked its suppliers to begin testing Qualcomm’s current 5G modems, Nikkei reported Tuesday.5G networks are still newEven if a modem was ready for Apple in 2019, it’s unlikely it would leap into 5G right away. The company rarely moves early on new technologies, opting to wait for bugs to be worked out first. It lagged behind Android rivals in adopting mobile payments and wireless charging, and it was at least a generation behind in adopting 3G and 4G LTE cellular capabilities. The same delay has been expected with 5G.For everyone else, 5G is in its very early days. Most vendors will launch only one 5G model early this year, and Motorola’s Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod is the only device currently on the market in the US. Verizon is the only carrier with a live 5G wireless network, but its initial deployment has been spotty. By late 2020, those bugs will all be worked out. 5G will be in more cities, and essentially all Android flagship devices will tap into the fast network. Apple won’t be too far behind if it doesn’t have a 5G phone in 2019. But if it misses 2020, it could be devastating to its phone business. “Every major transition in mobile technology has its winners and losers,” CCS Insights analyst Geoff Blaber said. “Apple simply couldn’t afford to risk its business over a long term licensing dispute.” 60 Photos Phones Components 28 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Qualcomm: 5G Android flagship phones will storm the 2019 holidays Qualcomm wouldn’t release modems as often without Apple’s business 5G will rule on high-end phones by year’s end, ready or not Samsung Galaxy S11 5G may be slimmer, last longer thanks to Qualcomm See also Apple, Qualcomm go head-to-head — with billions at stake A 5G iPhone could launch in 2020. Getty Images Apple and Qualcomm have resolved their legal battle, likely so iPhones get 5G chips sooner. But that doesn’t mean we’ll see a 5G iPhone this year. On Tuesday, the two sides announced a surprise ending to their patent licensing battle, resolving a two-year dispute over Qualcomm’s licensing fees. Apple had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that pushed chip prices higher, restricted competition and weighed on customer choice. Qualcomm had countered by saying the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, so it should get paid for its innovation. The agreement settles all litigation between the companies worldwide. Apple also signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement with Qualcomm, gaining access once again to the company’s high-end modems. That includes Qualcomm’s 5G chips. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: 27 tips and tricks to master Apple’s latest phones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Intel Apple Tags See All Apple See also After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for augmented reality, telemedicine and other tech trends, the super-fast wireless technology is being rolled out. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has touted plans to launch a 5G device this year. Apple hasn’t.The company had been working with Intel on 5G chips, but the chipmaker had problems developing the product. A few hours after Apple and Qualcomm announced their settlement Tuesday, Intel said it’s exiting the 5G smartphone modem business. Intel’s struggle with 5G is likely what brought Apple to the bargaining table with Qualcomm. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, during an interview with CNBC, declined to say when a 5G modem could show up in the iPhone. “We won’t talk about Apple’s product plans,” he said. “There’s obviously the beginning ramp of 5G broadly.”Even though Apple and Qualcomm are working together again, iPhones won’t immediately roll out with 5G. At the earliest, Apple may be able to introduce a 5G device in 2020.Here’s why:Modems are complexPutting a modem in a phone isn’t as simple as just buying the component. And a phone needs more than a modem to connect to a cellular network. Phone designers need access to software from the modem maker, and a phone also requires radio frequency chips and other components that take up space in the device. The size and capabilities of the modem can dictate aspects of the iPhone’s design itself. Phone makers also need to be able to test the modems in their devices before they go into mass production. Carriers require time to certify the phones to ensure they work properly on their networks and provide the promised upload and download speeds.
Sophie TurnerSophie Turner Official Instagram (sophiet)Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas recently tied the knot in a surprise Las Vegas wedding. The actress plays Sansa Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones and recently opened up about the struggle she faced while playing the iconic role.During her recent interview with Marie Claire Australia, Sophie Turner recalled being pressured by several to lose weight. The 22-year-old Turner revealed that while playing Sansa Stark, she struggled with mental health and it was made worse by constantly coming under the radar to lose weight.”I have experienced mental illness firsthand and I’ve seen what it can do to the people around [the sufferers] as well,” Turner explains during her interview. “My metabolism suddenly decided to fall to the depths of the ocean and I started to get spotty and gain weight, and all of this was happening to me on camera.”As per the magazine, then came the pressure from “film and television studio” to lose weight. The only thing which helped her at that time was seeking therapy and the one the only person who stood right next to her was Joe Jonas. Joe Jonas and Sophie TurnerTwitterWhile talking about therapy, X-Men movie actress stated that it is important for everyone to talk to someone who will help you to come out of it.”Everyone needs a therapist, especially when people are constantly telling you …you’re not good enough and you don’t look good enough,” she said.Meanwhile, as stated above, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas had romantic nuptials in Las Vegas but they still plan on tying the knot in Paris this summer. As per an alleged source, “The couple does plan to have a more formal wedding with their family and friends, but this ceremony was just fun. Joe and Sophie are planning to get married in Paris later this year.”Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark will be back in action in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4. There were speculations that Sansa will die during the battle against the White Walkers but was saved as she was hiding with her former husband Tyrion Lannister in Winterfell crypts. It would be interesting to see how Sansa Stark will deal with Daenerys Targaryen in the upcoming Game of Thrones episode.
SVF, East India’s largest entertainment company, has yet another reason to feel elated as Apple’s iTunes recently released its first ever Bengali music playlist, where all the songs are from SVF Music. The collection features 25 ultimate Bengali hits that will keep anyone hooked for two hours non-stop.iTunes’ Bengali Music features hits from films like Bolo Dugga Maiki, Yeti Obhijaan, One, Bojhena Shey Bojhena, Gangster, Besh Korechi Prem Korechi, Love Express, , Bindaas, Haripada Bandwala, Tomake Chai, Shona Bondhu, Zulfiqar and Yoddha. Some of the top artists featured are Arijit Singh, Shalmali Kholgade, Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Shaan, Neha Kakkar, Anupam Roy and Jeet Gannguli, among others.Mahendra Soni, Co-Founder and Director, SVF, said, “We at SVF have the vision to put Bengali Film industry on the global map. It feels great that Apple’s iTunes, in its inaugural playlist dedicated to Bengali songs, has chosen all songs from the SVF music catalogue.”
Yesterday, Realtime Robotics announced in a guest post in the IEEE spectrum that they have developed a new processor called ‘RapidPlan’ which tackles the bottleneck faced in a robot’s motion planning. Motion planning determines how to move a robot, or autonomous vehicle, from its current position to a desired goal configuration. Although the concept sounds simple, it is far from the same. Not only does the robot have to reach the goal state, but it also has to avoid any obstacles while doing so. According to a study, this process of collision detection- determining which edges in the roadmap (i.e., motions) cannot be used because they will result in a collision- consumed 99 percent of a motion planner’s computing time. Traditionally, motion planning has been implemented in software running on high-performance commodity hardware. The software implementation, however, causes a multiple second delay, making it impossible to deploy robots in dynamic environments or environments with humans. Such robots can only be used in controlled environments with just a few degrees of freedom. The post suggests that motion planning can be sped up using more hardware resources and software optimizations. However, the vast computational resources of GPUs and sophisticated software maximize performance and consume a large amount of power. They cannot compute more than a few plans per second. Changes in a robot’s task or scenario often require re-tuning the software. How does RapidPlan work? A robot moving from one configuration to another configuration sweeps a volume in 3D space. Collision detection determines if that swept volume collides with any obstacle (or with the robot itself). The surfaces of the swept volume and the obstacles are represented with meshes of polygons. Collision detection comprises of computations to determine whether these polygons intersect. The challenge is titime-consumings each test to determine if two polygons intersect involves cross products, dot products, division, and other computations, and there can be millions of polygons intersection tests to perform. RapidPlan overcomes the above mentioned bottleneck and achieves general-purpose, real-time motion planning, to achieve sub-millisecond motion plans. These processors convert the computational geometry task into a much faster lookup task. At the design time itself, the processors can precompute data that records what part of 3D space these motions collide with, for a large number of motions between configurations. This precomputation— which is offline and based on simulating the motions to determine their swept volumes— is loaded onto the processor to be accessed at runtime. At runtime, the processor receives sensory input that describes what part of the robot’s environment is occupied with obstacles. The processor then uses its precomputed data to eliminate the motions that would collide with these obstacles. Realtime Robotics RapidPlan processor This processor, was developed as part of a research project at Duke University, where researchers found a way to speed up motion planning by three orders of magnitude using one-twentieth the power. Their processor checks for all potential collisions across the robot’s entire range of motion with unprecedented efficiency. RapidPlan, is retargetable, updatable on-the-fly, and has the capacity for tens of millions of edges. Inheriting many of the design principles of the original processor at Duke, the processor has a reconfigurable and more scalable design for the hardware for computing whether a roadmap edge’s motion collides with an obstacle. It has the capacity for extremely large roadmaps and can partition that capacity into several smaller roadmaps in order to switch between them at runtime with negligible delay. Additional roadmaps can also be transferred from off-processor memory on-the-fly allowing the user to, for example, have different roadmaps that correspond to different states of the end effector or for different task types. Robots with fast reaction times can operate safely in an environment with humans. A robot that can plan quickly can be deployed in relatively unstructured factories and adjust to imprecise object locations and orientations. Industries like logistics, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, domestic assistants and the autonomous vehicle industry can benefit from this processor. You can head over to IEEE Spectrum for more insights on this news. Read Next MIPS open sourced under ‘MIPS Open Program’, makes the semiconductor space and SoC, ones to watch for in 2019 Arm releases free Cortex-M processor cores for FPGAs, includes measures to combat FOSSi threat Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI co-processors, says Bloomberg report