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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit focuses on 5G AI chips and use cases

December 03, 2019 / JEREMY HORWITZ

Qualcomm generally uses its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui to unveil next-generation mobile processors and related technologies, which it accomplished with major new Snapdragon 865/765 and 3D Sonic Max dual-fingerprint scanner reveals today. But the bigger theme of the event is demonstrating real-world use cases for the company’s new 5G AI chips that will drive consumer demand for next-generation smartphones and devices. Even though 5G data services are still in their earliest days, uptake from OEMs, carriers, and consumers has already been encouraging — stronger than 4G, by all accounts. Leading the event’s first-day keynote, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon noted that over 230 5G devices are already either launched or in development, a staggering number given that networks are still in the process of launching worldwide. Nicki Palmer, chief product development officer for top U.S. carrier Verizon, said that the company is already selling seven 5G devices, wh...