New office reinforces company’s commitment to supporting local enterprises
Qualcomm® Interoperability Testing Laboratory to offer world-class testing and engineering development services to local OEMs and partners
The strained relationship between the US and China has led some of the major tech giants like Qualcomm to look for new contingency plans.
The deployment of 5G technology worldwide has made chip makers intensify production further to ensure that smartphone manufacturers will have enough hardware to meet the continually growing demand. Focusing on being able to cope with this constant demand. Qualcomm has announced that it is opening a new Interoperability Testing Laboratory, head office in Hanoi, Vietnam.
California-based silicon giant Qualcomm, like many American companies, was also caught in the middle of a trade war between the US and China. Some companies that have their production activities in China started to look for alternative ways. Qualcomm has decided to build its Interoperability Testing Laboratory, the company’s first R&D lab in South East Asia. With these new facilities, Qualcomm Technologies further strengthens its commitment to Vietnam and further enables local enterprises to innovate and deliver ‘Make in Vietnam’ products. .
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Located in the center of Hanoi, Qualcomm Technologies’ new office will provide enhanced support to its partners in business and government. It has an expanded capacity that can house an increased number of engineers and developers, which will help address the growing demand for quality products and services.
The laboratory on the premises will offer state-of-the-art testing capabilities for Qualcomm Technologies’ local OEM partners, which include VinSmart, BKAV, and Viettel, among others, to develop and produce high-quality devices matching international standards. Qualcomm Technologies’s new laboratory system consists of three labs and includes: 1) the RF Lab which supports various development activities including design review and calibrations; 2) the PPT Lab which performs Power, Performance, and Thermal testing to help customers ensure their products sustain the highest level of performance; 3) the Camera Service Lab which offers camera tuning capabilities and basic image quality verification. Notably, the Modem & RF conformance lab provides pre-cert test for GCF in Europe, and PTCRB in North America catering to local OEMs’ need when they want to expand to oversea markets.
VinSmart, one of the company’s partners in Vietnam, has partnered with Qualcomm and Fujitsu to produce 5G technology smartphones in Vietnam. Qualcomm, especially hopeful about 5G modems, aims to use its own modems in smartphones of many brands such as Apple. TSMC is also planning to start 5 nm production in the near future. One of the customers of the 5 nm chips will likely be Qualcomm.
Nam Thieu, senior director of business development, Qualcomm Vietnam Company Limited and Country Manager for Qualcomm Technologies’ business in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, also shared, “The opening of our new office is the continuation of our growing collaboration with the local tech industry. With the expanded team and facilities, we will be able to explore further opportunities to enable our local OEM partners to innovate and produce ‘Make in Vietnam’ devices that meet global standards.”
Being leaders in wireless technology, Qualcomm companies have worked closely with the Vietnamese mobile ecosystem for many years, having first established an office in Hanoi in 2003 and subsequently in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014. Qualcomm Technologies’ technology, products, and collaboration with Vietnam’s mobile network operators and OEMs have long supported the growth of 2G, 3G, 4G, and soon 5G, products and services.