Part One: 5G
It all comes down to a single very memorable date, February 29, 2000, which was the first time I published an international article at The Register. Twenty years and thousands of stories later, I am ready to share some of my predictions for 2020. Let me start with 5G.
For the sake of PC
Windows 7 official support ended on the January 14 and Microsoft is urging all users to upgrade to Windows 10.
A part of the Intel’s CES 2020 keynote
Intel has showcased a concept PC codenamed Horseshoe Bend, and this gives you an idea of the future of the ultra-portable high-end PCs. Lenovo X1 Fold and Dell concept ORI already showcased their version of the concept, but Intel shared a bit of detail.
8CX with X55 millimeter waves
Lenovo and Qualcomm have announced a 5G enabled laptop at Computex 2019 under the codename Project Limitless, and at CES 2020, the company finally shared a bitfewdetails about it. It is arriving in spring 2020.
Reprogrammable automotive hardware for Tier 1 and OEM’s
Western readers are mostly focused on the automotive market of Europe, the USA, Japan and S Korea and in the last few years, China has become the automotive superpower. Automated Valet Parking and hardware necessary to make it a reality is highly complex, and Xilinx’s Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (XAZU5EV) scored a hit with Baidu’s Apollo Computing Unit (ACU)
Senior director confirms early 1H 2021
Two weeks ago at beautiful Hawaiian island Maui, Intel also had a bit to say about the mobile side of things. The big laptop giant went against Qualcomm’s 8CX mainly on compatibility and lack of 64-bit support, but Martyn Stroeve, senior director of technology marketing, talked a bit about 5G powered laptops.
Analysis: CTO mindset
There was a lot of discussion about Intel’s CEO's recent presentation at the Credit Suisse technology conference. Bob Swan commented that he is willing to give up the 90 percent mark share mindset. He would instead get 30 percent of all silicon market valued at $288 TAM.
Analysis: Checked his cloud iMessages
A shocking development occurred as it seems that Apple has hacked Gerard Williams’ phone, and read his iMessages. Gerard Williams’ is an ex-star CPU designed that left Apple and now works as the CEO of Nuvia. All this to prove that Gerard was daydreaming on his job at Apple and had an idea to launch Nuvia while still at Apple.
With dedicated 7nm SoC
Qualcomm has big plans for XR. Recently, there was a lot of press that Apple is working on a new device that is two or three years ahead and could replace your phone. Qualcomm is working on that for more than a half-decade. The new Snapdragon XR2 with 5G support is the VR and XR chip you will start seeing in XR designs in late 2020 and onward.
7nm, LP-DDR5, powering flagships starting in Q1 2020
At the annual Snapdragon technology summit in Hawaiian island Maui, Qualcomm revealed the latest flagship Snapdragon. After 845 and 855 comes the, well you might guess it the Snapdragon 865.