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It was right around this time a year ago when Qualcomm introduced the X16 LTE, its first LTE Advanced Pro modem supporting up to 1Gbps downloads. Fast forward to today and Qualcomm says it's begun sampling its Snapdragon X20, the company's second-generation gigabit LTE chipset with faster downlink performance and seventh-generation LTE multimode modem. The modem and its new Snapdragon X20 LTE receiver is the first commercially announced gigabit LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 18 download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, a 20 percent improvement over its previous generation chipset,... Read more...
Just when you've gone and upgraded your home network to 802.11ac (Wireless-AC) territory, Qualcomm comes out today and starts talking about a fancy new standard, 802.11ax. More specifically, Qualcomm unveiled what it says is the first end-to-end 802.11ax portfolio with new system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for network infrastructure (IPQ8074) and client devices (QCA6290). This is the next generation of wireless connectivity and as is the case with every generational leap, it is a faster solution than the one it will ultimately replace. In this case, 802.11ax can deliver up to 1.8Gbps on the client... Read more...
Earlier this month, HTC announced its latest flagship: the U Ultra. The smartphone comes packing a 5.7-inch QHD which is joined by a second 2-inch (160x1040) “ticker” display for notifications. Other features include 4GB RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera and a front-facing 16MP camera. Conspicuously missing, however, was Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 835 processor. In its place was last year’s top-end chip, the Snapdragon 821, which itself is a slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 820. As we learned earlier in the week, this is due to the fact that Samsung hoarded the initial... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are quibbling the way Apple and Samsung used to, and just as before there is big money at stake, as much as a $1 billion. That is the amount Apple earlier this week accused Qualcomm of withholding in rebates related to license agreements, and the Cupertino outfit is suing semiconductor giant in China for 1 billion yuan (around $145.3 million) in damages. This is an interesting dispute that goes beyond the typical patent infringement claims that big corporations typically argue over. In this case, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently slapped Qualcomm with a lawsuit alleging... Read more...
Given that Qualcomm recently announced the availability and details for its next-generation Snapdragon 835 SoC, we just assumed that the incoming 2017 class of flagships would all be using the chip (after all, this is traditionally what has occurred year after year). Well, you know what they say when you assume things… However, 2017 is a new year and it looks as though there’s a shakeup in store for the status quo. It has been reported that Samsung has taken it upon itself to gobble up nearly all of Qualcomm’s initial Snapdragon 835 production. Samsung wants to ensure that it has an ample supply... Read more...
The pieces to the puzzle are starting to come together. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hit Qualcomm with a lawsuit concerning anticompetitive practices with its licensing. The FTC specifically called out Qualcomm’s actions towards Apple, writing, “Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.” The lawsuit from the FTC followed similar actions taken by governments in Asia and Europe. On Friday, Apple launched the latest... Read more...
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...
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