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Qualcomm introduced iplatform Snapdragon Satellite to support high-end smartphones with two-way satellite messaging.
Qualcomm and Iridium have signed an agreement to bring satellite-based connectivity to next-generation premium Android smartphones; Garmin looks forward to collaborating with emergency messaging support. Apple recently launched something similar, where people in the wilderness can call for emergency assistance over a satellite connection when they’re out of wireless coverage.
Snapdragon satellites provide truly global coverage from pole to pole and can support two-way messaging for use in emergencies, SMS and other messaging applications – for many different purposes such as emergency or recreation in remote, rural and offshore locations.
This industry-leading solution also offers the opportunity to extend emergency and two-way satellite messaging beyond smartphones to other devices that need global messaging capabilities.
Qualcomm made the announcement at CES 2023, the major tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.
Snapdragon Satellite will provide global connectivity using mobile messaging from around the world, starting with devices based on the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform.
Powered by the Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System and backed by a fully operational constellation of Iridium satellites, Snapdragon Satellite will enable OEMs and other service providers to provide global coverage really. The smartphone solution uses Iridium’s weather-resistant L-band spectrum for uplink and downlink.
The emergency messaging feature on Snapdragon Satellite is expected to be available on next-generation smartphones, launching in select regions starting in the second half of 2023.
“Strong and reliable connectivity is at the core of premium experiences. Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, cellular modem and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, said in a statement. “Launching on premium smartphones later this year, this new addition to our Snapdragon platform strongly positions us in enabling satellite communications and providing services across multiple platforms. type of device.”
In addition to smartphones, Snapdragon Satellite can extend to other devices, including laptops, tablets, vehicles, and IoT. As the Snapdragon Satellite ecosystem grows, OEMs and application developers can differentiate and deliver uniquely branded services that leverage satellite connectivity. The Snapdragon satellite is planned to support 5G Non-Terrain Network (NTN), when the NTN satellite infrastructure and constellations become available.
“Iridium is proud to be the satellite network that powers Snapdragon Satellite for premium smartphones,” Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, said in a statement. “Our network is tailor-made for this service – our advanced LEO satellites cover every corner of the world and support low-power, low-latency connections that are ideal for services. satellite-powered service powered by industry-leading Snapdragon Satellite. Millions of people depend on our connections every day, and we look forward to having millions more connected via smartphones powered by Snapdragon Satellite.”
Garmin also offers words of support.
“Garmin welcomes the opportunity to expand our proven satellite emergency response services to millions of new smartphone users globally,” said Brad Trenkle, vice president of outdoor operations. by Garmin, said in a statement. “Garmin Response supports thousands of SOS incidents each year and has potentially saved lives in the process, and we look forward to partnering with Qualcomm.
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