Qualcomm Speeds Testing of Next-Generation Mobile Technology with Fast, Reliable Servers
 
 

Qualcomm Speeds Testing of Next-Generation Mobile Technology with Fast, Reliable Servers

Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies, includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research, and development functions, its businesses providing products and services, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm’s ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment, and each other.

Qualcomm Technologies needed to streamline its chipset and prototype product testing help partners bring new products to market faster.

It deployed two SPARC T3-1 Servers and Oracle Solaris to quickly deliver approximately 300 gigabytes of relevant data to engineers weekly to accelerate testing and, ultimately, provide results from key performance indicators and regression tests for the software and chipsets under development. As a result, the product development life-cycle has been accelerated.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

  • “We would not have gained the same benefits if we’d put in an alternative vendor’s systems. The performance and stability of Oracle’s SPARC T3 servers and Oracle Solaris is a 100% fit for our purposes. We absolutely have the right products for the job.” – Stuart Kirkpatrick, Senior IT Manager, Qualcomm Europe

  • Ensure that engineers who test core, mobile handset components, such as screen, chipset, and video technology, can work efficiently and deliver new developments quickly to meet fast-moving market demand
  • Enable fast, efficient, and regular synchronization of data between German engineering facilities, software development operations in India, and headquarters in the United States
  • Ensure that core systems can provide the performance and stability that engineers require to quickly bring 4G and long-term evolution technologies to market

Solutions

Oracle Product and Services

  • Accelerated testing time for chipsets within prototype mobile phones by enabling faster transfer of data and information between software development facilities in India, headquarters in the United States, and the German engineering operations
  • Ensured 99% up-time by eliminating the need to reboot systems for patching, enabling engineers to better respond to tight project schedules without being hindered by technological constraints of Windows-based servers
  • Enabled more than 40 engineers in Germany to automatically view the data relevant to the equipment they are testing, rather than having to search, as before―helping to accelerate the test schedules and chipset software target dates and avoid delays to preplanned product launch dates
  • Copied 250 different data sets each week, totaling approximately 2 terabytes of data per month, in real-time rather than overnight, as before
  • Enabled efficient synchronization of rapidly growing volumes, due to the increase in data held on each chipset as mobile technologies develop
  • Replaced Windows-based servers with two SPARC T3-1 servers and Oracle Solaris, improving system performance and stability with the benefit of predictive self-healing to automatically diagnose and recover from system faults

Why Oracle

“After we evaluated many other products and operating systems, we found the stability and healing properties inherent within the SPARC T3-1 Servers and Oracle Solaris were far ahead of the competitors in the market. In addition, we have a proven track record using Solaris in the United States, which provided an additional layer of confidence,” said Stuart Kirkpatrick, senior IT manager, Qualcomm Europe.