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The newness hasn’t even worn off the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, but there’s already talk of its successor. Most reports seemed to agree that upcoming flagship will be called the Snapdragon 845, but the finer details are where there are some discrepancies between the varying reports. The latest news coming from MyDrivers suggests that the Snapdragon 845 will be still be based on a 10nm Low Power Early (LPE) FinFET process instead of Samsung’s second-generation Low Power Plus (LPP) process, which seems suspect. “With our successful 10LPE production experience, we have commenced production of the 10LPP... Read more...
It seems as though Qualcomm is hoping to put some pressure on Apple to settle a patent infringement lawsuit by going after the companies that supply components for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The savvy legal maneuver brings Foxconn into the fight, which is Apple's largest supplier of iPhones and other other products, along with three other Taiwanese manufacturers. The scuffle between Qualcomm and Apple has to do with a disagreement over royalties. Back in January, Apple accused Qualcomm in a lawsuit of what amounts to extortion by claiming the semiconductor maker withheld $1 billion in promised... Read more...
Google I/O is in full swing right now, and there are a flurry of announcements to tackle. One rather intriguing one for those that follow all of the hoopla surrounding virtual reality technology is the announcement made by Google in conjunction with Qualcomm. The pair collaborated to develop a standalone Daydream VR headset that uses the Snapdragon 835 platform. We haven’t exactly heard much with regards to Daydream from Google’s partners since the project was first announced last year, with the only high-profile devices being Google’s own Pixel devices, the LG G6, Moto Z family and the ASUS ZenFone... Read more...
It’s easy for us to get caught up with the “top of the ticket” when it comes to smartphone processors. On the Qualcomm side of things, the top dog offering is most definitely the new Snapdragon 835, which powers Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. However, there are less potent mid-range chips that will find their way into a plethora of affordable smartphones in the coming months. Over the past six months, the Snapdragon 626 and 653 have been tasked with fueling Qualcomm's mid-range efforts. Now, Qualcomm is announcing the successors to the two chips: the Snapdragon... Read more...
The ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is heating up in a big way. These two companies have been arguing over licensing fees and rebates, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) getting involved earlier this year. As the squabble continues, it is being reported that Qualcomm is planning to ask the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhone devices into the United States. A little back history is in order. Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for extortion claiming the semiconductor maker owed it as much as $1 billion in promised rebates related to licensing agreements.... Read more...
In more ways than just one, Star Trek was able to predict the future, though at the time of the show's airing, the ideas may have seemed outlandish. A universal translator? Anyone with a smartphone or PC can take advantage of that these days. A Tablet-style computer? Well, we don't need to elaborate there. We've even seen examples of the Holodeck come to fruition. Toy Replica Of The Star Trek Tricorder - credit: Flickr user keithius And now, thanks to the Qualcomm-funded X Prize competition, we're able to add Tricorders to that list; at least, the kind of Tricorder that focuses on medical applications.... Read more...
Apple leveled some pretty serious allegations against Qualcomm earlier this year, citing anticompetitive licensing practices (among other things). The Cupertino, California-based company likened Qualcomm’s practices to extortion and asked for $1 billion in payments that were allegedly withheld. “Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties,” said Apple back in late January. “We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement... Read more...
Based on its features, specs and power consumption claims, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and more than a day of talk time on next-gen smartphones with a single charge, for starters. However, it will also serve up hours of VR gaming and claimed general performance lifts of up to 25 percent in both CPU and graphics/gaming workloads. Regardless, until now, we could only speculate... Read more...
With all the focus these days on mid-range and high-end smartphones, it is easy to forget that some people still rely on rather basic “feature” phones. While those of us with iPhone and Galaxy flagships may take for granted such things as LTE connectivity, who’s to say that those who buy a brand-new feature phone should be exempt from the luxuries of high bandwidth? That’s where Qualcomm comes into the picture with the 205 Mobile Platform (check out our previous coverage on Qualcomm’s reasoning for renaming its SoC families). The chip company is looking to bring its 205 Mobile Platform to entry-level... Read more...
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...
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