Qualcomm and Vodafone have unveiled a smartphone using a new integrated SIM (iSIM) technology that promises to be a breakthrough for future smartphones.
The demonstration was made with a modified Galaxy Z Flip3 5G phone with a Snapdragon 888 chip integrated with Qualcomm’s security processor. Unlike eSIM, which uses its own chip, iSIM uses the phone’s own system chip. Qualcomm believes that embedding the SIM in a device’s chip will allow for “better system integration, higher performance, and increased memory capacity.” Doing so will also free up more space in the phone case.
According to Qualcomm, iSIM can also be deployed on a variety of devices such as laptops, tablets, VR headsets and wearables, allowing customers to use mobile technology on most devices. their.
In a statement regarding iSIM technology, Qualcomm said, “iSIM solutions present a great opportunity for MNOs (mobile network operators), freeing up valuable space in equipment for OEMs (mobile operators). original equipment manufacturing) and provide the flexibility for device users to benefit from the full potential of 5G networks and experience across a wide range of devices. Some of the sectors that will benefit the most from iSIM technology include smartphones, mobile computers, VR/XR headsets, and industrial IoT (Internet of Things). By engineering the iSIM technology integrated into the SoC, we are able to further support our Snapdragon partners.”
For its part, Vodafone said, “Our aim is to create a world where every device connects seamlessly and simply, while the customer has full control. iSIM, combined with our remote management platform, is an important step in this direction.” Vodafone also says iSIM will allow its customers to use multiple accounts on one device.
There is currently no word from Qualcomm on when we can expect the iSIM technology to be implemented into a commercial device.
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