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Future iPhone models could go whole-hog with Intel's 5G modem, rather than splitting orders between Intel for GSM models (AT&T and T-Mobile) and Qualcomm's for CDMA phones (Sprint and Verizon). as is present the case. Citing an unnamed source, Fast Company says Apple's iPhone engineers have been working with Intel's team on hardware that uses the next generation wireless broadband technology. Likewise, Apple's communication with Qualcomm, the top supplier of modem chipsets, has been comparatively limited. That likely has to do with the ongoing legal battle between the two companies that started... Read more...
Just over a week ago, we first brought you news that Broadcom was preparing an unsolicited offer to purchase Qualcomm. Not long after, Broadcom made its $130 billion offer official, valuing Qualcomm at $70 per outstanding share. "Our proposal provides Qualcomm stockholders with a substantial and immediate premium in cash for their shares, as well as the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom at the time. "This complementary transaction will position the combined company as a global communications... Read more...
T-Mobile has been at the forefront of rolling out faster mobile networks with a big push for LTE Advanced. The Un-carrier has now announced that it has rolled out LTE Advanced networks in over 920 markets passing every other national wireless company. T-Mobile's network uses a combination of three speed-boosting technologies including carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256 QAM. Those three features are live in 430 of the markets with the LTE Advanced networks in place, providing Gigabit-class speeds. Download speeds compared to previous networks are doubled when using LTE Advanced according to... Read more...
Yesterday, Qualcomm announced that its Centriq 2400 Series processors are now shipping to its customers, nearly a year after it began sampling the chips. Available in 40-, 46- and 48-core versions, the Qualcomm is positioning Centriq 2400 as a worthy competitor to Intel's Xeon processors in the data center server market. Up until this point, Qualcomm has contended that the 48-core Centriq 2460 offers a 4x improvement in performance-per-dollars versus the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180. While those figures are much appreciated, we wanted to see some real world benchmark data so that we can make our own... Read more...
Today, Qualcomm officially announced that it has begun shipping its Centriq 2400 server processors to its OEM partners. This marks a big step for Qualcomm, which is no stranger to the mobile market with its Snapdragon processors, but is a lesser known quantity in the server market. Intel's Xeon processors have already seen a credible challenge in the form of AMD's Zen-based EPYC family, and Centriq promises to be a low-power, high-density alternative that can run with the big dogs in the cloud infrastructure market. Qualcomm first began talking up its Centriq family around this time last year.... Read more...
Broadcom is hoping to pull of the largest technology transaction of all time in its bid to acquire Qualcomm. The company made an ambitious cash and stock offer valued at around $130 billion, and it stands whether Qualcomm is able to consummate its deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors at $110 per share or not. Either way, Qualcomm now has a big decision to make. It may also try to negotiate an even higher price. The unsolicited proposal from Broadcom comes to $70 per outstanding share, broken down into $60 in cash and $10 per share. That represents a 28 percent over the closing price of Qualcomm's... Read more...
While all of us in the tech world have been focused on Qualcomm's legal showdown with Apple over LTE modem payments, sharing confidential software with rivals, and royalty fees, it appears that there's another chapter in the story that is just being written. According to a new report today, Broadcom is planning an unsolicited bid to acquire Qualcomm. According to sources for Bloomberg, the offer could come as early as this weekend. Qualcomm is a dominant force in the red hot mobile sector, with its Snapdragon processors powering the majority of Android devices sold today. In addition, the company's... Read more...
The legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm has just taken an interesting turn, and this time around, Intel has been drawn into the mix. Qualcomm has just sued Apple (again) and it alleges that the company violated a chip software license agreement by sharing that code with Intel. If you recall, Apple began using Intel as a secondary supplier for iPhone LTE modems when the iPhone 7 launched in 2017. The modems are features in GSM iPhone models that are available for AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Given that Intel is a rival to Qualcomm with regards to winning lucrative contract dollars from Apple,... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are locked in an extended legal battle right now that has seen the latter party attempt to block production and sales of the iPhone in China. Rumors had swirled that in response, Apple was looking to shed Qualcomm hardware from its phones. People claiming to be familiar with Apple’s plans are now saying that Cupertino is working on iPhones and iPads for next year that would be free of any Qualcomm hardware. The reports indicate that Apple is considering using LTE modems that are sourced from Intel and/or possibly MediaTek. The sources making these claims say that the reason... Read more...
ASUS has announced the launch of a new family of smartphones in the U.S., and all of the devices have dual rear cameras promising to shoot optimum pictures in just about any setting. The ZenFone 4 family includes the ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Max (in two display sizes). The ZenFone 4 Pro has a 5.5-inch display and the dual rear camera system uses a Sony IMX362 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. The 16MP camera system has 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The cameras use ASUS SuperPixel Engine that increases captured light by 8x and feature optical image stabilization. The SoC... Read more...
Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, are eventually coming. Microsoft announced as much way back at the end of last year, and talked a little more about these laptops this week at Qualcomm's annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerged involved battery life—apparently these laptops will last longer than a day before needing to be charged. As it stands now, all-day battery life is not super common in the laptop world, though there have been gains made in the past couple of years. Take Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon,... Read more...
Qualcomm has announced a new SoC called the Snapdragon 636, and it is aimed squarely at the heart of the mid-range market. The SoC has custom Kryo 260 processing cores promising a 40 percent performance improvement over the current Snapdragon 630. The Snapdragon 636 platform will support ultra-wide FHD+ displays and has Assertive Display tech inside to optimize visibility of the display in all lighting conditions. Qualcomm has also integrated it's TruPalette and EcoPix features into the SoC. The GPU inside the SoC is an Adreno 509, which delivers 10 percent greater performance for gaming and... Read more...
Qualcomm is well on its way to delivering 5G wireless connectivity for the masses, and has demonstrated its ability to achieve gigabit data speeds in a controlled environment. In this case, Qualcomm achieved the feat in its San Diego laboratory. At the center of testing for these 5G wireless trials was Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, which was using the 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) band. Qualcomm was able to maintain one gigabit download speeds through the use of "several" 100MHz 5G carriers. Other pieces to the 5G puzzle included an SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver IC, Keysight Technologies... Read more...
The gloves are coming off in the legit brawl between two major players in the smartphone industry: Qualcomm and Apple. While we've detailed the legal bickering between the two tech giants on this site on numerous occasions, Qualcomm's latest move is aimed at crippling Apple's base of manufacturing in China. The majority of Apple's iPhones are manufactured in China, and Qualcomm has filed lawsuits in that country that seek to have production halted and ban all sales. Qualcomm alleges that Apple is infringing upon three non-standard patents, which include the technology that enables Force Touch on... Read more...
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