Qualcomm Partners With Xiaomi And Other Smartphone Makers To Develop Mobiles With Snapdragon Satellite

  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc QCOM disclosed its collaboration with HonorMotorola Solutions, Inc MSINothingOPPOVivo, and Xiaomi Corp XIACF XIACY at Mobile World Congress Barcelona to develop smartphones with satellite communication capabilities leveraging Snapdragon Satellite.
  • Snapdragon Satellite offers global coverage from pole to pole and can support two-way messaging for emergency use, SMS texting, and other messaging applications.
  • Low-Earth orbiting (LEO) and fully operational Iridium Communications Inc IRDM satellite constellation supported the solution, which enables low-power, low-latency satellite connections utilizing weather-resilient L-band spectrum.
  • Francesco Grilli, vice president of product management, Qualcomm stated, "By incorporating Snapdragon Satellite into next-generation devices, our partners will be able to offer satellite messaging capabilities thanks to a mature and commercially available global LEO constellation, which can allow subscribers around the world to communicate outdoors with emergency service providers, as well as family and friends."
  • In February, Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd SSNLF secured standardized 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) modem technology for direct communication between smartphones and satellites, especially in remote areas. 
  • Samsung has developed and simulated 5G NTN standard-based satellite technology to accurately predict satellite locations and minimize frequency offsets caused by the Doppler shift. Based on this technology, Samsung's future Exynos modems will support two-way text messaging and high-definition image and video sharing.
  • In 2022, Apple Inc AAPL launched satellite connectivity with iPhone 14 and 14 Pro for off-grid connectivity.
  • Price Action: QCOM shares closed lower by 1.47% at $124.34 on Friday.
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