Global Tech Roundup: Samsung to Launch 6G By 2028, Google Invest $4.5Bn in India’s Jio and Others
Hi Guys! Another working week has come to an end. Across the tech space, there was a whole lot of surprising news, from the gruesome murder of Gokada CEO to the unexpected twitter hack by crypto scammers.
Here is a quick roundup of some of the major stories you might have missed.
Samsung to deploy 6G technology by 2028
Electronic manufacturer, Samsung has announced that its 6G technology would be ready for deployment by 2028. The timeline was revealed in its recently released white paper entitled “The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All”. The paper outlined Samsung’s vision for the next generation of communication system, namely 6G.
In the white paper, Samsung explained that both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G. It added that while 5G requirements mainly focus on performance aspects, 6G services will focus on 3 categories of requirements including performance, architectural and trustworthiness.
6G will provide advanced services such as immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica.
For performance, 6G will have a peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps (gigabits per second) and air latency less than 100 microseconds (μs), 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G.
The architectural requirements include resolving the issues arising from the limited computation capability of mobile devices as well as implementing AI right from the initial phase of technology development. The third, trustworthiness addresses the security and privacy issues arising from the widespread use of user data and AI technologies.
Google invests $4.5 billion in India’s Reliance Jio
Just months after Facebook invested in Jio, another giant tech company has invested in India’s largest telecom. Google has agreed to pay $4.5bn (£3.6bn) for a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms.
Reliance’s Founder Mukesh Ambani says the two companies will develop phones for 4G and 5G networks. They will also be working together to develop low-cost Android smartphones.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking about the investment expressed exciting in being able to help millions of users in India to become a smartphone owner. He added that getting technology to people is a big part of Google’s mission.
Reliance Jio continues to add billions of dollars to its bank account having raised $20.2 billion for 33% of the company in less than four months. Google is the 14th investor looking to get a piece of India’s hottest digital platform after Facebook, Intel and Qualcomm.
Researchers test laser-based undersea Wi-Fi system
Researchers working out of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a laser-based two-way wireless data connection for use underwater.
The team used a Raspberry Pi compatible with existing 802.11 wireless standards to acts as the modem. The signal comes in over the air to a buoy at the ocean’s surface, where the Pi converts and transmits the information via blue and green lasers to an optical receiver located underwater. The System achieved a maximum practical transfer speed of 2.11 Mbps across a distance of 20 meters.
Using the system, the researchers were able to do Skype calls and move files back and forth, but they also burned out the Raspberry Pi using lasers that overwhelmed its capabilities. However, they explained that this can be resolved by swapping it for a dedicated optical modem.
India’s richest man becomes 6th richest in the world
India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has moved up the wealth table displacing Tesla’s CEO and Google founders to become the 6th richest man in the world.
This comes just a week after he overtook Warren Buffett, climbing to a worth of US$72.4-billion.
According to emerging tech industry reports, Armani moves up to become the world’s sixth-richest person.
Explaining his rise, financial analysts noted that Armani’s shares in Reliance Industries have more than doubled from a low in March as its telecom subsidiary got billions in investments from giant companies including Facebook, Silver Lake, Qualcomm and most recently Google.
Musk Says Tesla is close to Developing Fully Autonomous Cars
Although Tesla cars started offering its full Self Driving feature in 2016, its autopilot system still requires users to be fully attentive and ready to take over the task of driving at any time.
Its CEO, Elon Musk has however revealed that the company is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves.
Recall that, Tesla’s self-driving cars faced controversy and regulatory scrutiny due to several accidents caused by the feature. In 2018, a driver who died after a Model X crashed while using Autopilot. The company blamed the driver for not paying attention to the road, which states a fact that Tesla self-driving cars are not as autonomous it initially suggested.
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