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ZTE launches world’s first 5G IT baseband unit

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE unveiled its new Gigabit Phone, a next generation 5G IT baseband unit (BBU) with Intel Corporation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

It is world’s first software defined networking/network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) technology based 5G RAN solution.

Features of Gigabit Phone
  • Gigabit Phone boasts download speeds of up to 1Gbps. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
  • It utilises a combination of carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO antenna technology, and 256-QAM modulation to achieve LTE download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than first-generation LTE devices .
  • It also uses ZTE’s independently developed Pre5G Giga+ MBB solution and smart devices, which makes it three times as powerful at improving data processing capability over the current network.
About ZTE

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, companies, carriers and public sector customers. Its products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries.


Intel unveils Project Alloy device creating merged reality

Tech giant Intel has unveiled Project Alloy, a device that creates merged reality.

Project Alloy is a headset that uses the RealSense technology to enable people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world without using cables to connect computer.

What is Merged reality?

  • Merged reality is a new way of experiencing virtual reality and real world together, using cutting-edge technology.
  • It digitises the real world and allows people to experience the virtual world without coming into conflict with the real world.
  • The merged reality is more dynamic and natural compared to virtual reality. Unlike virtual reality, merged reality needs the right combination software and hardware.
  • One example of merged reality is playing two musical instruments at the same time. It means that person can play a virtual piano with one hand and a cello with the other.
  • Besides, using it one could go right into the centre of a basketball court and watch the match.


NITI Aayog, Intel India ink SoI to set up Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for young innovators

The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with tech giant Intel India to set up Atal Tinkering laboratories (ATL) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

The aim of Atal Tinkering laboratories is to cultivate adaptive learning and innovation skills among young minds in the country.

Key Facts

  • Initially 10 laboratories will be established as part of total 500 laboratories. Intel India, subsidiary of US technology company Intel will invest $15 million for building and managing these 500 ATLs.
  • These labs will foster young minds in adaptive learning, physical computing and developing a design mindset among students.
  • They will also build relevant sets of skills among young minds and provide them access to technology that will enable solutions.
  • These labs intend to impart innovation skills and skills for the future to the 2.50 lakh youths across 500 communities and schools.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

  • AIM is a flagship Innovation Promotion Platform of NITI Aayog, the think tank of Union Government for promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in India.
  • It involves academics, entrepreneurs and researchers from national and international levels to foster a culture of innovation, R&D and scientific research in India.