MWC 2023: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip-enabled phones to support built-in ‘iSIMs’


Chip maker Qualcomm and French IT company Thales have announced the certification of the world’s first commercially deployed iSIM (integrated SIM) on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, which enables the functionality of a SIM within a smartphone’s main processor. .

Qualcomm announces iSIM support for all Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip-enabled phones

GSMA (Global Association for Mobile Communications Industry) security certification ensures iSIM meets the same high standards of cyber security and flexible ‘anytime, anywhere’ connectivity as the latest generation of embedded SIMs (eSIM) Is.

“We are very pleased to see our investment in high assurance processor hardware security, in collaboration with Thales, is achieving the security and functional bar required for the Remote Provisioning UICC use case by GSMA,” said Ziad Asghar, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm. ” Technologies said in a statement.

In addition, the new iSIM can now provide device manufacturers with additional opportunities to save space, reduce manufacturing and supply chain costs, and maintain best-in-class security levels.

The new iSIM, like Thales’ eSIM, is fully compliant with the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning standard, meaning subscriptions can be managed remotely via any standard platform, according to the company.

“With the increasingly popular eSIM, the Thales 5G iSIM gives device manufacturers and mobile operators more freedom to offer their customers seamless over-the-air connectivity, and more exciting and accessible product design,” Guillaume Lafieux, Head of Embedded Products Vice President Thales Mobile & Connectivity Solutions said in a statement.

Furthermore, the chipmaker noted that global iSIM shipments are predicted to reach 300 million by 20271 and are intended to complement the SIM and eSIM market offerings.

With inputs from IANS

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