Qualcomm Partners With Indian Entities For Snapdragon X Elite Chip and 6G Network Development

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Qualcomm Partners With Indian Entities For Snapdragon X Elite Chip and 6G Network Development
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In an ambitious move, Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) is partnering with several Indian entities including the government, Tata Group, Reliance (NS: RELI ) Jio, and Bharti Airtel (NS: BRTI ) to focus on local packaging of its Snapdragon X Elite chip and the evolution from 5G to 6G networks. The collaboration aims to leverage Qualcomm's expertise in phone chips and aligns with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT )'s pivot towards AI PCs.

The Snapdragon X Elite chip was developed with significant input from Qualcomm's Indian engineers and features the power-efficient Oryon CPU. Despite challenges in leading node manufacturing in India, packaging offers a viable opportunity, stated Qualcomm's CFO, Akash Palkhiwala. This move is seen as a significant step in overcoming manufacturing constraints while boosting local production.

Notably, global tech giants including Lenovo, HP (NYSE: HPQ ), and Dell (NYSE: DELL ) are expected to incorporate the Snapdragon X Elite in their next-generation PCs. The chip's power-efficient AI engine is considered crucial for running pervasive AI models embedded into Microsoft's operating system. Generative AI apps, a key focus for these new AI PCs, are set to change how users interact with their devices by replacing the 'start button' with an 'AI assistant' button. This assistant performs tasks based on user preferences while preserving privacy by running on-device and not sending personal data to the cloud.

In addition to chip development, Qualcomm is also taking a lead role in the 6G era. The company is currently engaged in spectrum allocation discussions with the Indian government for future network deployments. Palkhiwala emphasized the necessity of global collaboration for the successful deployment of 6G networks and expressed confidence in Qualcomm's market leadership in this emerging technology landscape.

This partnership signifies a major leap in India's technological advancement efforts and underscores Qualcomm's commitment to fostering innovation globally.

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