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As of today, Qualcomm is describing its venerable Snapdragon processor line-up and related supporting component technologies a little differently. From here on out, the mobile processor and platform bellwether is shifting from the word “processor” to “mobile platform” when referring to its Snapdragon family of chips for smartphones, tablets and other wireless mobile devices. That might seem like the sort of subtle branding shift that matters more to the marketing team than you, but in the case of Snapdragon, the use of the words “mobile platform” is going to have a noticeable impact, as VP of Product... Read more...
Reports coming out of China indicate that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has inked deals with NVIDIA and Qualcomm to produce high performance computing (HPC) chips that will be used for artificial intelligence applications, among other things. That includes the fabrication of NVIDIA's next-generation Volta GPUs using a 12-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. Rumors had surfaced in January that NVIDIA had tapped TSMC to build its Volta GPUs, and assuming the new reports are accurate, it would appear that contract negotiations have been finalized. TSMC certainly has the capacity.... Read more...
As if AMD’s new Ryzen processors weren’t enough to make Intel grab for a bottle of antacids, it looks as though Microsoft’s latest partnership could challenge the world’s dominant processor manufacturer in the lucrative server market (Intel commands well in excess of 90 percent of the server chip market according to IDC). No, we’re not talking about AMD’s Naples server chips, which also should give Intel pause, but Microsoft's efforts to ensure that Qualcomm ARM processors can run its Windows Server operating system. Microsoft says that it has already built a version of Windows Server that offers... Read more...
Last year at IFA 2016, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon VR820 reference platform for OEMs to produce their own standalone virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). Qualcomm was able to snag four original design manufacturer (ODMs) in 2016 for VR820 and has another five lined up for 2017. Now, Qualcomm is ready to move on to the next stage, and that involves the launch of the Qualcomm HDM Accelerator Program. The HDM Accelerator Program brings with its access to the new, more powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC which will be powering flagship Android smartphones in 2017, with the most prominent of... Read more...
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...
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