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15 innovative things seen at MWC 2015

Posted: 09 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:5G? connected? IoT? Project Ara? M2M?

Intel expands wireless portfolio

Intel has moved into the NFC chip market at this year's Mobile World Congress, illustrating the company's ambition that it doesn't want to miss out on a growing mobile payment opportunity.

Intel also unveiled a new global positioning chip, which can now concurrently handle the world's four global positioning satellites including GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo. Integrated in the chip are embedded positioning engine, motion sensors augmentation, background geo-fencing and logging.

Compared with the previous version of Intel's own chip, the processor giant now added two satellites to achieve accuracy in global positioning. More important, Intel made sure the new chip can offload GPS processing!previously done on a separate LTE or an app processor!and do it on its own GPS chip.

Intel wireless portfolio

Challenges ahead for 5G

5G may have been a hot topic at MWC, with several conference tracks on the topic and an untold number of vendors touting next-generation comms, but no standard has been written ahead of the expected 2020 rollout.

5G challenges

Among issues associated with 5G are additional throughput and connections from a variety of industries!officials expect automotive, medical and home automation to be among increasingly connected industries.

Industry experts hope standardisation of the 5G cellular band!which could be anywhere from below 6GHz to 100GHz!will allow for easier collaboration between companies and industries.

Connected tennis racket

Connected tennis racket

Babolat's connected tennis racket looks pretty much like a normal racket, but it's embedded with sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy.

Babolat's connected tennis racket

The racket senses impact, power, number and type of strokes played (forehand, backhand, serve and overhead) and sends that information via Bluetooth to a smartphone. An app on the phone can inform you how accurate you were, how much spin you apply in each shot and how hard you hit the ball.

A new core for Samsung Galaxy

Samsung unveiled two new smartphones at a pre-Mobile World Congress event, each with a fast charging battery, enhanced media features and sleek design. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (which had a much-ballyhooed curved screen) also have a new octacore Exynos processor, previously available only in Asia.

Samsung smartphones

64bit Exynos is made of four cores running at 1.5GHz and four at 2.1GHz. Though not much is known about the chip, and Samsung was predictably short on specs, Exynos may give Galaxy the boost it needs against Apple's iPhone.


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