For years, smartphones have relied on an infatuated SIM slot to supply telecommunication services to users. It changed with the discharge of the Google Pixel 2 and also the iPhone XS that brought the eSIM functionality, allowing users to enjoy telecom services with no need to insert a physical SIM card into their devices. However, Qualcomm, together with other industry giants, recently took the concept to its next stage by showcasing a smartphone that comes with SIM card functionalities directly integrated into the mobile chipset.
Qualcomm Unveils World’s First Smartphone with iSIM Support
Qualcomm recently partnered with Samsung, Vodafone, and Thales to demonstrate the new SIM technology, which has been dubbed iSIM. While the “e” in eSIM stands for “embedded” because the system uses an infatuated chipset for connecting to network operators, the “i” in iSIM stands for “integrated” as Qualcomm was able to successfully integrate SIM functionalities directly into the smartphone’s chipset together with the CPU, GPU, and therefore the modem.
So, unlike the eSIM technology, the iSIM system brings improved system integration of networking services for smartphones. It complies with GSMA specifications (based on the ieUICC GSMA specification), delivers higher performance, and increases the memory capacity of smartphones.
In fact, Qualcomm listed the assorted benefits that the iSIM technology could bring for consumers and telecom operators within the future. The American chipmaker says that the new SIM tech simplifies and enhances device design by eliminating the necessity for a passionate SIM slot. It may also enable telcos to produce remote SIM provisioning by leveraging existing eSIM infrastructure. Furthermore, it release the scope of integrating SIM functionalities into other devices like laptops, tablets, and IoT devices that previously couldn’t pack SIM features.
Qualcomm recently conducted a demo for a proof-of-concept device in Samsung’s R&D labs in Europe. the corporate used the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 backed by a Snapdragon 888 5G SoC with a built-in Secure Processing Unit running the Thales iSIM OS to demonstrate the concept and illustrate its commercial readiness. The device used Vodafone’s advanced networking capabilities supported existing infrastructure and its remote networking platform for the demonstration.
Now, we already know that smartphone companies like Apple are getting to get obviate the dedicated SIM slot on their devices. While the eSIM technology may be useful for this, it comes with its flaws and limited functionalities. So, Qualcomm’s new iSIM technology could pave the way for smartphones without an infatuated SIM slot.