Qualcomm discusses 5G rollout at summit

The Maui News

The three-day Qualcomm Technologies Snapdragon Technology Summit drew more than 300 representatives from companies like Google, Microsoft and Verizon to the Grand Wailea from Tuesday to Thursday.

The purpose of the conference was to bring in the top global tech press, analysts and social influencers to highlight the power of the Snapdragon mobile platform, specifically with the commercialization of 5G coming next year, said Qualcomm spokeswoman Catherine Baker in an email Thursday.

Other top tech companies represented at the summit were AT&T, Samsung, OnePlus, Lenovo, NextVR, Symantec, Motorola and others, she said.

Introduced at the summit was the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, and Snapdragon 8cx, the next always on, always connected PC chip, Baker said.

Snapdragon 8cx chip doubles the memory interface from 64 bit to 128 bit wide and offers improved charging and audio capabilities, a summit news release said.

Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Inc., said at the summit that 5G will be a commercial reality early next year with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China, a news release said.

This was the third Snapdragon Tech Summit and the second consecutive year the conference was held on Maui. The first conference was held in New York City, Baker said.

Maui is ideal for the summit because of its central location between the Mainland and China, “and Hawaii and specifically Maui has proven to be a relaxing and beautiful location for our guests,” she said.

Gov. David Ige attended the first day of the summit.