Qualcomm Podcast

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone re…
Qualcomm Podcast


Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined.

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Episode 34: How our intern program fosters future tech talent

Oct 22, 2019 00:39:51


Here at Qualcomm, we pride ourselves in hiring the best and the brightest minds. From engineers to marketers, we believe doing so starts with our intern program, for which we invite over 450 college students from about 106 universities to participate every year. Our goal is to find innovators to join our team full-time and help us push the industry forward. For this episode, we brought in interns from a variety of departments — including extended reality (XR), Always On, Always Connected PCs, and 5G — to discuss (or at least hint at) their work and their favorite part about interning for Qualcomm. Some of the projects we discussed include: working with Robotics Process Automation, marketing the ASUS ROG Phone II with an esports team, and developing algorithms that will speed up 5G.

Episode 33: XR – the next generation of computing

Oct 15, 2019 00:20:22


We’ve come a long way from the cardboard devices and wired headsets of just a few years ago. And while they gave us a taste of what was to come with VR, the (extended) reality of today is worlds beyond. Whether it’s stepping into Saturn’s rings or training for medical students, the XR experiences being developed now are changing the game. And we’re still just in the beginning stages of what’s possible. As our Head of XR Hugo Swart says, “we can’t even think how far it’s going to go.” In our first podcast on XR, we discussed the different realities: AR, VR, MR and XR, and gave a behind-the-scenes look at Qualcomm’s y for XR. In part two, we’re talking experiences, from gaming to education, and the devices, backed by Qualcomm technologies, that are helping bring XR to the masses.

Episode 32: Extended Reality – We just made you a superhero

Sep 30, 2019 00:30:05


Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) — how many terms do we need to describe immersive mobile experiences? Just one, really: extended reality (XR). This umbrella term is meant to cover, well, everything as it relates to the spectrum of real and virtual environments. While it hasn’t been around long, it looks like XR (the term and technology) is here to stay. And its future looks bright; Head of XR Hugo Swart thinks “there’s going to be nothing more impactful than XR into our lives.” In the first of two episodes on the subject of XR, our team of experts discusses the differences between AR, VR, MR and XR. They also provide a behind-the-scenes look at Qualcomm’s four-pillar strategy for XR, everything from our silicon to partnerships.

Episode 31: The REAL story of 5G from President Cristiano Amon

Aug 30, 2019 00:27:11


When Cristiano Amon first started working at the company, he was tasked with its infrastructure business (in other words, the things are phones connect to like base stations). That was back in the beginning days of 2G (yes, he’s been with us a long time, fortunately). At the time, not many believed that there was a need for CDMA technology, but Qualcomm continued to pursue it, developing it until it became the norm. Fast forward 24 years: Amon is now president of the company he loves, and helped establish Qualcomm as the world leader in 5G connectivity. “People wanted 5G … 5G could create new use cases, bring innovation back to mobile, create new players, change the landscape,” says Amon. In this episode, we sat down with Amon to talk about his tech background, his journey to Qualcomm, the intensive R&D behind 5G, and more.

Episode 30: The power and utility of on-device AI – a chat with Google

Aug 2, 2019 00:40:47


About a year and a half ago, we sat down with our in-house experts Gary Brotman and Kristin Wyman to discuss AI — what it is, how it differs from machine learning and deep learning, and the frameworks for deploying it. To say a lot’s changed since that podcast would be an understatement. Today, we’re catching up and digging a little deeper. One of the biggest evolutions in AI — and a key step in making it ubiquitous — is the transitioning of intelligence to the edge. Smartphones equipped with our on-device AI technologies are engineered to deliver superior, more security-focused user experiences without interruption (just in case you lose your connection). Proof point? Google Lens. The visual search product, which is “giving Google eyes,” is a great example of the powerful utility of on-device AI. While it’s simple to use, behind the scenes it’s anything but. Here to talk about Google Lens, the computer vision that powers it, and the future of smartphones are two of our friends at Google: Director of Product Management for Google Lens Eddie Chung and Director of Product Management for Android AI and Camera Products. Brahim Elbouchikhi . Gary and Kristin are back in the studio with us, too.

Episode 29: Smart, personalized audio comes to life with our Qualcomm QCS400

May 2, 2019 00:24:24


You don’t have to be an audiophile to get excited for the new and improved AI-enabled audio experiences coming your way. We’re talking personalization, next-gen voice control (that can even function without an internet connection) and premium audio that is bold like never before. Dated multi-speaker surround sound is out, gigantic speaker systems are out, because more immersive audio will soon be available in a wide range of devices across form factors and tiers — from the smart assistants to hi-fidelity soundbars. The future of audio is as much about how your devices listen to you as it is about how you listen to them. And that’s why the new Qualcomm QCS400 SoCs were specifically engineered for the IoT world. In addition to delivering premium sound, they’re enabling some of the most intelligent audio experiences to date. In this episode, we chat with Stephanie Rogers from our Voice and Music team and Gary Brotman from our AI team to learn more about these new SoCs and the future of audio.

Episode 28: Smart Displays — the new frontier for Smart homes and a smarter you

Feb 12, 2019 00:17:56


We love our digital assistants, but after a while, they can start to feel so one-dimensional. The good news is that Smart Displays take the experience to the next level. Not only do they “tell,” they “show.” So, after your device answers your request for recipes for your upcoming dinner party, it can play the video that shows you how to serve up the world’s best hors d'oeuvres. Or, in the case of our host PJ, you can easily “flip the switch” on the 20 connected devices he has in his home — including the four he has in his bathroom. Yes, a smart display can turn on your lights, play your music, and get the temp in your home just right for a cozy night in, but that’s just the beginning. As Qualcomm Technologies Staff Product Manager Karthic Veera says, “The real magic happens once you start interacting with it.” We’ll dig deeper into that and more in this episode, as we discuss this new category of devices powered by breakthroughs from Qualcomm Technologies.

Episode 27: There are no easy A’s when it comes to spectrum

Nov 2, 2018 00:17:40


Break’s over. It’s time to head back to the classroom to learn more about spectrum. In our last episode, we learned the importance of spectrum, who owns it (we all do), why spectrum is such a complicated issue (there are many kinds), how you get those licenses (auctions), and that spectrum will unite the country (OK, maybe not). Turns out, there’s a lot of education that needs to happen with regard to spectrum and expanding the ecosystem for 5G. In other words, it’s not just you that’s being schooled. Legislators may not know a lot about 5G, but they know they want it — and they want their region to have it first. Part of our job is to educate these folks about the technology, how we’re doing with 5G in the U.S., and if we’re making good progress. So what’s our report card look like? Find out in part two of our discussion on spectrum where we’ll also tackle the importance of small cells and laying the foundation for 5G, why November’s spectrum auctions matter, and how we’re using unlicensed spectrum to push the 5G envelope.

Episode 26: Spectrum 101

Oct 23, 2018 00:23:24


You want spectrum! You want spectrum! You want spectrum! Everybody gets spectrum! Good news: You own spectrum. Actually, we all do. Bad news: That doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Turns out there’s all kinds of spectrum — licensed, unlicensed, shared. And true “ownership” can get quite complicated. But what exactly is spectrum? Let’s just say, without it, your phone wouldn’t be able to send or receive anything. In other words, that device you’ve come to rely on and adore wouldn’t work. We’ll dig deeper into that and more in this episode, as we head back to school for Spectrum 101 with our very special guests Dean Brenner and Alice Tornquist, Senior Vice President and Vice President of Spectrum Strategy and Technology Policy here at Qualcomm as well as Danny Tseng from Corporate Technical Marketing.

Episode 25: Snapdragon Wear, and where bling and battery life meet

Sep 10, 2018 00:37:22


In what world are more complications a good thing? Host PJ Jacobowitz welcomes experts from the wearables team at Qualcomm Technologies. Matthew Dehamer and Lauren Miller explain how our foundation in computing and connectivity influences our work across wide-reaching solutions, including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear Platform, announced today. Our wearable technologies are helping transform smart watches, trackers, and communicators for every member of your family, including pets. They span sports, health, and fitness brands — and represent the part of our business where we get to namedrop big fashion houses, and where customization and personality are critical. Along the way you’ll learn a bit about co-processors, geofencing, sensors, traditional timepiece mode, and the general activity level of Matt’s English Bulldog.

Episode 24: Untether, extend your eyes, and immerse in XR tech

Aug 30, 2018 00:30:44


Nerd alert: Host PJ Jacobowitz gets the background on the tech and terms behind augmented reality, virtual reality, and extended reality from guests Hiren Bhinde and Thao Le, from the XR product management and marketing teams at Qualcomm Technologies. They cover 3DOF, 6DOF, sensors, gyroscopes, room scale, and computer vision — and PJ reveals an obsession with depth sensing. This episode is also for you if: • You think XR is just for gaming. • You don’t know what a SLAM algorithm is, or what that has to do with the Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates. • You wonder how XR could change the world.

Episode 23: Know your realities: VR, AR, XR, MR

Aug 16, 2018 00:22:08


Host PJ Jacobowitz welcomes XR experts Hiren Bhinde, Director of Product Management, and Thao Le, Marketing Specialist at Qualcomm Technologies, who explain the terms and technology behind virtual, augmented, extended, and merged reality. Learn three things that are needed for these technologies to be successful, and why XR is one of the most taxing things you can do with a processor and mobile platform. You’ll be happy to know that the VR teams here are working hard to make sure you don’t throw up. And you may also walk away understanding how shooting elves, melting butter, and saving lives are all connected. *References to Qualcomm may be Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries.

Episode 22: 5G, you had me at beamforming

Aug 1, 2018 00:16:11


Qualcomm of the House Wireless Technologies, First to 5G, Maester of Modems, Tamer of Airwaves, Queen of Invention, Protector of the Mobile Realm, and Mother of (Snap)dragons. In this episode on the future of 5G, our expert Sherif "the modem man" Hanna, Director of Product Marketing here at Qualcomm Technologies, made us consider a new way of introducing ourselves, with a nod to the Game of Thrones universe. We try to stifle our shock when Sherif says it’s not just about the modem (spoiler: RF components and antenna modules are also key), learn that not all airwaves are created equal, and host PJ Jacobowitz and Sherif share a beamforming moment that only true techies could love.

Episode 21: How 5G is different from 4G

Jul 2, 2018 00:15:53


How does 5G connect remote computing resources to the device that you have in your hand to augment its capability? What would it take to make self-driving cars talk to each other? Can we use 5G for efficiencies in factories, for VR and AR, and what would we have to do in the technology to accommodate that? Qualcomm plays an advanced R&D role in the wireless ecosystem, and these are the kinds of questions we ask and help answer. From spectrum and subframes to ultra-reliable low-latency communication — with a shout-out to New Jersey for good measure — host PJ Jacobowitz continues the conversation with modem expert Sherif Hanna, Director, Product Marketing at Qualcomm Technologies, who explains how all of the 5G puzzle pieces are finally coming together.

Episode 20: 5G: the hype, the promise, the revolution

Jun 14, 2018 00:18:03


5G and the hype curve is not just a good band name. Our guest Sherif Hanna, Director, Product Marketing at Qualcomm Technologies, shepherds us through the perilous trough of disillusionment to arrive at the plateau of productivity. Learn how 5G is built from the ground up to go beyond smartphones and features very low latency, super responsiveness, and unprecedented reliability. Host PJ Jacobowitz also talks with Sherif about mobile edge computing, and what artificial intelligence, computer vision, and connected cars have to do with the promise of 5G. And stay tuned for deeper dives on this ambitious and revolutionary technology.

Episode 19: How Snapdragon 845 camera and display tech takes fun to the next level

Feb 14, 2018 00:19:04


Host PJ Jacobowitz explains how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform takes fun to the next level with technology designed to provide stunning immersive experiences. With help from experts Cisco Cheng and Jerry Chang, we go deep into the cinema quality, theater-like experience of Ultra HD Premium video capture and display. Listen for when Jerry renders us speechless as he explains how when you see a red, green, or blue layer, it’s actually black and white. We also break down how your phone has been lying to you, demystify HDR, explain how our color volume dials go to 11, and what we mean when we say that we specialize in triangles.

Episode 18: Dean Kamen on why the world needs invention now more than ever

Feb 12, 2018 00:53:54


What is legendary inventor Dean Kamen’s prediction for our future? With the only certainty being “we’re going to be wrong at a much more accelerated pace,” he believes that our best bet is to create more inventors who can solve the problems we can’t even fathom now. In this episode, Dan Novak, VP of Corporate Relations, QTI talks with inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. Among many other achievements, Kamen is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and considers being the “father” of a million inventors his most significant legacy. Dan and Dean talk about inspiration, and why kids need tech companies like Qualcomm as role models. Dean explains why he thinks invention is under attack and debunks the myth that removing patents will accelerate innovation. Oh, and you’ll also learn why Dean secretly scheduled a bulldozer to arrive at his parent’s house right after they departed for a long vacation.

Episode 17: Why Snapdragon 845 is the turducken of mobile platforms

Jan 18, 2018 00:14:40


What do we mean when we say “mobile platform?” Why is “heterogeneous computing” important? And why should you care that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform features “new architectures” for artificial intelligence and immersion? In our first Snapdragon 845 episode of the Qualcomm Podcast, our fearless host PJ Jacobowitz gets you answers to those questions and more. PJ is joined by guests Cisco Cheng and Jerry Chang who take us behind the scenes of what is involved in the innovation and technology behind this dynamic premium-tier mobile platform that is destined for flagship Android mobile devices this year. Along the way, you’ll learn how The Shining, Ant Man, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids fit in, wonder if “newness” is a word, and find out why Jerry is probably cooler than all of us. Learn more: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-845-mobile-platform Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 16: The future of Always Connected PCs is quick ... and quiet

Dec 4, 2017 00:13:43


In part three of our discussion discussing innovations in the world of Always On, Always Connected* PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform, we learn how Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices are engineered to go beyond nice-to-haves and raise the bar on our mobile computing experiences. Our resident experts Miguel Nunes and Peter Burns share how Qualcomm Technologies is committed to a world where future generations never know "the struggle" of slow connections. They also may never know the loud sound of a spinning fan that legacy laptop processors need to keep cool, since PCs powered by the Snapdragon mobile PC platform are designed to run cool so they won’t need fans. We also talk about how the integrated platform approach and optimized performance of the platform means the time is right for this new category of mobile laptops. And Miguel pitches a second job for host PJ Jacobowitz. *requires a network connection Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 15: Detach, convert, connect, and 360 flips with ease: Snapdragon powered PCs that just work

Nov 27, 2017 00:06:35


Catch up on the first part of our conversation with Miguel Nunes, Senior Director of Product Management, about his secret Windows 10 on Snapdragon PC prototype, then join us to learn more about this new category of Always On, Always Connected* devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform. We learn about embedded SIM (or eSIM) and how easy it can be to get super-fast LTE connectivity, and how having Qualcomm technology behind every significant component in the mobile platform means device manufacturers can create innovative form factors with bigger batteries and unprecedented thin design. We also discover how host PJ Jacobowitz should never be put in charge of quality control (hint: if you see a driver named G*PJ*U you know who was responsible). *requires a network connection Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 14: Life without a power cord on a super-secret Snapdragon powered Windows 10 PC

Nov 8, 2017 00:09:43


In this episode our host PJ Jacobowitz, a long-time Windows super fan, tries to act casual when he learns that Miguel Nunes, Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, has been working on an in-development “super-secret” prototype of an Always Connected* PC, running Windows 10 on Snapdragon. We’re also joined by Peter Burns in Product Marketing to help walk us through this new category of 2:1 PCs that brings what you love about your smartphone to the PC — all in a thin, light, sleek, highly portable device with astounding battery life. *requires a network connection Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 13: AI and AR: beautification, biotech, and beyond

Oct 12, 2017 00:07:31


How do artificial intelligence and augmented reality work together? Now that you’ve learned the basics of AI, machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks (episode 11), and discovered the world of possibilities with AI and the IoT (episode 12), you’re finally ready to… stick a star on your face? Join our host PJ Jacobowitz for part three of our conversation with AI gurus Gary Brotman and Kristin Wyman to dig into the world of style transfers, filters, stickers, healthcare, and more. More at https://www.qualcomm.com/artificial-intelligence

Episode 12: AI, the IoT, and a refrigerator full of your favorite beverage

Sep 26, 2017 00:07:33


Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. Host PJ Jacobowitz continues the AI conversation with Gary Brotman and Kristin Wyman, to find out what happens when these tech buzzwords meet. Learn how devices that collaborate can create a personalized experience, what the 5G connection is, and whether you should you care if communication is happening in the cloud or on edge devices. We talk Tesla, distributed learning, and somehow what PJ wants in his fridge.

Episode 11: Unstacking the Russian nesting dolls of artificial intelligence

Sep 8, 2017 00:13:39


Join our host PJ on the frontlines of AI. Our resident experts Gary Brotman and Kristin Wyman take us through the basics and explain the differences between artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. We also discuss the different languages, or frameworks, for deploying AI, the show PJ can’t believe he doesn’t watch, and how cool “spiking neural networks” sounds.

Episode 10: Respecting the ping, and the hunt for low latency

Aug 18, 2017 00:06:45


Our host PJ is a recent convert to the importance of ping. He’s joined by our modem expert, Sherif Hanna, to explain how it plays a major role in everything from gaming to self-driving cars, and why 5G will take ping to the next level. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 9: The non-Gigabit benefits of Gigabit LTE and how 4 > 2x2

Aug 9, 2017 00:09:41


Our modem expert Sherif reveals what to pay attention to if you pay attention to nothing else, and how even people who think they’re not going to need the next generation of connectivity will likely change their minds. Also in this episode: • The defining technologies that make Gigabit LTE possible • How some of the key benefits of Gigabit LTE tech really kick in when you’re far away from the cell tower • The connection between unlimited data, video, and Gigabit LTE Pro tip: when you have a great connection, Sherif recommends taking a screen shot of your speed test to brag to your friends. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Episode 8: The Gigabit LTE gods are happy, and yes, you’ll want to go that fast

Jul 26, 2017 00:13:12


In this episode, our host PJ gets the answers to some of your Gigabit LTE questions: • How do you know if you have a Gigabit LTE device? • Why are operators investing so much to upgrade the networks? • Why does it seem like you won the lottery when you witness Gigabit LTE speeds in action? Our go-to modem expert, Sherif, explains how even if your network is not meeting the 1 gigabit per second peak theoretical throughput, you still need a Gigabit LTE phone to access the fastest speeds on whatever network you’re on.

Episode 7: What is a depth map? We go wide and tele to find out.

Jun 26, 2017 00:05:17


We continue our conversation with camera engineer guru, William Mantzel. You’re bound to feel like a camera genius after learning how depth mapping provides a new piece of data to work with. And is it too late to implant a chip in our host PJ?

Episode 6: Seeing in stereo with computational photography

Jun 14, 2017 00:07:46


We asked one of Qualcomm Technologies' camera gurus, William Mantzel, to join us for a conversation about cool mobile camera technology. In this episode we talk about who's driving the dual camera bandwagon, how to sound like a camera tech pro, and how we’re pushing the frontiers of both outdoor and lowlight photography.

Episode 5: The only thing in the phone that gets better with age

Jun 8, 2017 00:08:52


In this episode we keep the conversation going with one of our modem experts, Sherif Hanna. Are smartphones LTE speeds outpacing home, and even work, networks? And what’s the connection to immersive VR experiences? We cover all that, plus Sherif schools us all on some company history and talks about what’s in store for LTE this year. Learn more here: https://www.qualcomm.com/the-modem-matters

Episode 4: Yep, we can even make hold music sound better

May 25, 2017 00:06:57


We talk with one of our modem experts, Sherif to find out why some calls sound so much better than others (and who even makes phone calls anymore, anyway)? He also shares what the future holds for voice quality. Plus PJ’s quest continues to get you to get the most out of your settings. Learn more here: https://www.qualcomm.com/the-modem-matters

Episode 3: The faster your upload speed, the better looking you get

May 22, 2017 00:04:23


In this episode, we continue our conversation with one of our modem experts, Sherif Hanna, on the importance of both upload and download speeds for your video chats. Learn why video chat app makers should start indulging their most gluttonous data users. Learn more here: https://www.qualcomm.com/the-modem-matters

Episode 2: What is a cellular modem, and why should I care?

May 11, 2017 00:03:01


What if you had to go through the day in airplane mode? You might be surprised by all the things that won’t work on your phone. Qualcomm podcast host PJ talks to one of our modem experts, Sherif, to get the scoop. Learn more about modem tech: https://www.qualcomm.com/the-modem-matters

Episode 1: FIRST things first

Apr 25, 2017 00:07:15


Robotics competitions have become a fast-growing sport around the world. One of the premier competitions is FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) of which Qualcomm is a sponsor. Qualcomm Podcast host PJ and Qualcomm Technologies' Kiet Chow and Garrett Ponder sit down with three FIRST participants from the San Diego Area to discuss their "pre-game rituals."