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Qualcomm has faced legal hurdles in recent years for its licensing practices in both Europe and in Asia. Now, the company is coming under fire right here in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is leading the charge. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm used its dominant position as the world’s premier supplier of mobile baseband chips to force “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms” upon smartphone manufacturers. These actions were also reportedly meant to stifle Qualcomm’s competitors in the baseband field in order to maintain its position as the top supplier. Qualcomm... Read more...
When it comes to smartphone SoCs, time doesn’t stand still. Around this time last year, the talk of the town was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Half a year later, Qualcomm launched a slightly higher-clocked successor, the Snapdragon 821. Today, Qualcomm is dishing out a plethora of details on its next generation Snapdragon 835 SoC which will likely power a broad range of 2017 flagship Android smartphones. Qualcomm first alerted us to the existence of the Snapdragon 835 last month, and heralded that this would be its first 10nm chip for smartphones and tablet. We’re now learning that the... Read more...
Qualcomm is apparently feeling giddy that ASUS is using the company's Snapdragon 821 System-on-Chip to power its not-yet-announced ZenFone AR. Well, not officially announced, anyway. An eager beaver at Qualcomm jumped the gun and posted a full press release that confirms earlier leaks of the ZenFone AR being the first handset to be support both Google Tango and Daydream. "At CES 2017, ASUS announced the ZenFone AR, the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. It will also be the world’s first mobile device to be both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready.... Read more...
Microsoft recently made a surprise announcement that it was bringing support for Windows 10 to run natively on Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon processors, paving the way for a full Windows 10 experience on increasingly powerful mobile handsets. The announcement also opened the door to using Snapdragon processors in laptops and tablets running Windows 10 and that is something that device makers are already working towards. Word from the upstream supply chain is that brand vendors have already begun developing and testing laptops and tablets equipped with Snapdragon System-on-Chips (SoCs) and that... Read more...
If Windows RT was Microsoft’s first effort to dip its toe with respect to running Windows apps on ARM processors, its latest effort is tantamount to diving in head-first. Microsoft just made a monumental announcement with regards to running Windows on ARM-based processors that power so many of the world's mobile devices. The company has enabled the ability to support the complete Windows 10 ecosystem with x86 emulation on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors -- and yes, it runs very well. Unlike Windows RT, this is a full version of Windows 10 that is compiled to run natively on Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
Qualcomm might be the top dog when it comes to mobile SoCs that go in smartphones and tablets, but Intel still wields immense power in the server market. Consider this: Intel commanded 99.2 percent of the market for server chips during 2015 according to IDC. Not one to back down from a challenge, Qualcomm has renewed its efforts to go toe-to-toe with Intel in the server market. Leading the charge for Qualcomm is the new Centriq 2400 series, which is based on Falkor microarchitecture that can be configured with up to 48 custom ARMv8 cores into a single socket. Most importantly, Qualcomm claims that... Read more...
This week, a report ousted Apple's decision to throttle the Qualcomm modem found in most of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models to match the performance of the Intel modem found in other versions. Now, according to sources close to the matter, it's absolutely the case but is there a real issue? The issue involves Apple's need to dual-source the iPhone 7's modem block with either a Qualcomm X12 LTE modem or an Intel XMM 7360 chip.  As a company that sells millions upon millions of smartphones, Apple needs to plan every launch and production roll-out very strategically and supply... Read more...
Qualcomm is opening up a "vulnerability awards program," otherwise known as a bug bounty, in hopes that white hat hackers will root out security flaws in its Snapdragon family of processors, LTE modems, and related technologies, the company announced today. While rewarding security researchers for hunting bugs isn't new, Qualcomm points out that this is the first of its kind by a major silicon vendor. The mobile chipmaker is handing over administration duties to HackerOne with rewards of up to $15,000 per vulnerability up for grabs. Researchers may also find motivation by potential recognition... Read more...
Qualcomm is making the bold move to 10nm FinFET process technology for its next generation smartphone SoC (System on Chip), and it has enlisted Samsung to help. The two powerhouse companies in the mobile and semiconductor industries announced this morning that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 will be manufactured on Samsung’s next generation 10 nanometer production lines. “Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve... Read more...
When it comes to proprietary quick charging solutions using the USB Type-C interface, Google is not exactly happy with the current state of affairs. More specifically, the use of Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 has especially gotten under Google’s skin with regards to compliance with USB-C charging specifications. Qualcomm addressed these concerns earlier this year in a statement, writing: When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device... Read more...
Mobile chip maker Qualcomm has inked a definitive agreement to purchase NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at around $47 billion. The board of directors of both companies gave unanimous approval for the acquisition, which will see Qualcomm buy all of NXP's stock at $110 per share, an 11.5 percent premium over NXP's closing price on Wednesday. Should the deal receive regulatory approval, Qualcomm will be in position to become a major player in the fast growing connected car market. NXP is a leading chip maker in the automotive industry with mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for in-vehicle infotainment,... Read more...
Qualcomm today rolled out three new entry-level and mid-range Snapdragon System-on-Chips (SoCs), among them the Snapdragon 472, 626,and 653. All three are based on previous edition Snapdragon processors within their same respective series and boast several upgraded features, better performance, and improved charge times.The three new chips also bring a focus on connectivity. Each of the new Snapdragon parts feature an integrated Snapdragon X9 LTE modem with a Cat 7 downlink (300Mbps) and Cat 13 uplink (150Mbps), which Qualcomm says is engineered to achieve up to 50 percent faster upload speeds... Read more...
At long last, LG's latest flagship V20 phone is here with Google's deliciously new Android 7.0 Nougat in tow. It's a notable release not just because its another high-end handset from the South Korean electronics maker, but for its place in history as the introductory Android 7.0 device, a distinction many assumed would belong to a Nexus gadget. The LG V20 is a premium handset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE. It has a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IPS main display and, as often rumored leading up to its launch, a secondary IPS Quantum display with a 160x1040 resolution. The... Read more...
We hope you do not mind if we drone on about drones. AT&T and Qualcomm announced that they will soon test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, operating via commercial 4G LTE networks.Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of loT Solutions at AT&T, noted, “With a focus on both regulatory and commercial needs, LTE connectivity has the potential to deliver optimal flight plans, transmit flight clearances, track drone location and adjust flight routes in near real-time.” The fact of the matter is that radio links and Wi-Fi are simply not powerful or reliable enough to guarantee a safe... Read more...
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