All those new mobile devices being announced at Mobile World Congress look great but under the new folding displays, ceramic cases and glossy marketing are some of the most advanced and powerful Qualcomm chipsets ever created.
Qualcomm has produced its new QCA6390 Connectivity system-on-a-chip (SoC) for better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance as well as Quick Charge - a new technology for wireless power that helps consumers wirelessly charge their devices quickly, safely and efficiently.
Cramming in 5G, Wi-Fi 6 with oodles of processing power for the tasks we carry out on those new screens while keeping power consumption as low as possible requires some incredible engineering.
The Qualcomm QCA6390 Connectivity System-On-A-Chip
Wi-Fi 6 is set to become the de facto standard for wireless comms. Qualcomm says its new chipset will support up to 1.8 Gbps, which it claims is the fastest throughput of any comparable smartphone chipset to date. It also supports 8-Stream sounding - a mechanism that allows Wi-Fi 6 mobile and computing devices to take full advantage of the growing base of 8x8 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Access Points being deployed.
This should also bring 50 percent extended range and coverage compared to Wi-Fi 5 mobile devices with significantly less power consumption and will support the latest Wi-Fi Security protocol (WPA-3), including WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise, WPA3-Enhanced Open and WPA3-Easy Connect.
Bluetooth 5.1 will also require less energy while supporting better audio quality - an important consideration as the 3.5mm headphone jack disappears from mobile devices.
Qualcomm Quick Charge
Wireless charging, using the Qi standard, has fast become an expected feature in our mobile devices. One of the challenges has been that different devices have used the tag "Quick Charge" but not passed through the required Quick Charge compliance process.
Qualcomm has expanded its compliancy program to include wireless charging pads powered by Quick Charge technology.
This should result in buyers being more confident that their Quick Charge accessories are standards compliant and work as intended.