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What does DISH Network and Qualcomm have in common? A lot, evidently. DISH today announced a fairly major collaboration with Qualcomm, which will enable support of satellite-based communications in Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 platform, the world's first dual-core solution with an integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem, for use in future DISH wireless devices. The new satellite air interface technology developed by Qualcomm is a 3G-based standard referred to as Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL). This initiative will enable the development of mobile handsets and devices for DISH that can operate in both terrestrial and satellite modes in the 2 GHz/AWS-4 band. What's that mean, exactly? It... Read more...
New networking gear? Oh, yeah, we've got that. Actually, Qualcomm Atheros has that, as today they're introducing both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth as well as the Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller. You may remember the 'Killer' name from the prior Bigfoot Networks namesake, but that company has grown up quite a bit in recent years. Now, a connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated is the one doing the honors here, but the point of these Killer products remains the same: kill you ping times and make your overall Internet experience better. How so? They're designed to improve performance and advanced control "by automatically classifying and prioritizing gaming,... Read more...
Qualcomm Atheros today unveiled its new Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless module and Killer E2200 wired Ethernet controller. If you're at all familiar with Killer Technology (previously known as BigFoot Networks), you'll know these adapters are built with network performance in mind and as such include ping reducing technology and advanced QoS (Quality of Service) features. The new Wireless-N 1202 is essentially the same as the 1102 model, only now it comes with Bluetooth 4.0 support baked in. Otherwise, it retains the same dual-band MIMO design in a half-mini PCI-E card form factor. According to The Verge, the Wireless-N 1202 will be offered as an upgrade option for a "major laptop OEM" in May.... Read more...
Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO, is a canny and intelligent leader who has capably helmed the company through both rough patches and successes, not least of which is the recently launched GTX 680. He's known for strong opinions, but not crazy, off-the-wall statements, which is why his recent remarks regarding Intel are so surprising. Speaking to a group of analysts last week, Jen-Hsun casually suggested that Intel, one of Nvidia's chief rivals and competitors, ought to open up its foundries and manufacture hardware for the ARM SoC ecosystem. "Why not be a foundry for all the mobile companies?" Huang said. “There’s no shame in that." No shame -- but an awful lot of crazy. Intel has made... Read more...
Despite many Samsung devices packing Qualcomm processors, Samsung’s own Exynos line of chips underpin a few of its products, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It appears now that Samsung is betting on itself by using more (and better) Exynos processors at the expense of Qualcomm’s offerings. The Korea Times reports that Samsung will be using a quad-core Exynos chip with LTE and W-CDMA for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III, and beyond. "Dang it," is probably what Qualcomm Chariman Paul Jacobs is thinking. (Image credit: Korea Times) The article cited an unnamed Samsung executive as saying, “`Samsung has a stronger intent to lower its dependence on Qualcomm and our technicians... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a Pro version of its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip, which features the Adreno 320 GPU instead of the older-generation Adreno 225 and a promised 4x boost in performance. Among the Adreno 320’s features is the ability to access the GPU’s computational capabilities through APIs that open the door to next-generation 3D graphics, hardware acceleration to enhance the Windows experience and gaming, and more. According to Qualcomm, the new Pro version is specifically optimized for Windows 8. The new chips should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2012. Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 “Pro” Processor Pro Version Builds on Success of First Snapdragon... Read more...
Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have announced a new technology called HSPA+ Multiflow that promises to dramatically increase mobile network efficiency and double the data speed on the network edge. The idea is quite simple, really. HSPA+ Multiflow enables a single device to connect to a two mobile base stations at once; when reception dips at one cell’s edge, it can tap into the reception of another at the same time, thereby both smoothing the handoff between cells and also receiving double the signal boost. The press release stated: HSPA+ Multiflow enables simultaneous transmission of two data streams from base stations in two adjacent cells to a single user device instead of one... Read more...
Rockchip isn't a name like Qualcomm or Intel, but their in a lot of the lesser-known products that hit lower price points. The Chinese company is here at CES 2012 to reveal the new RK2918 chip for Google's Android 4.0 Operating System, and announce the pending arrival of their eHome Cloud Solution as well. The chip will be featured in a number of upcoming slates with Android 4.0. As for the eHome Cloud Solution, Rockchip says the technology will be compatible with Android 2.3 initially, and will update to 4.0 in February 2012. This will allow users to wirelessly sync tablets and smartphones with all computers in their family network, exchanging resources, sharing and even playing. Someone's in... Read more...
After years of work and a few false starts, Intel is finally ready to take the plunge into the smartphone market. At the CES keynote tonight, the CPU giant is officially launching Medfield, the 32nm smartphone SoC the company has built to take it into the next generation of smartphones (and a few tablets). The chip, now officially named the Atom Z2460, is ready for prime time. We visited Intel HQ in December and were briefed on the next-generation phone and what Intel expects it to do. After Moorestown's disappointing performance in the space, the CPU giant is keen to put its best foot forward, and our time with the company reflected that. Intel isn't trying to position Medfield as an ARM-crusher,... Read more...
Mobile fanatics may remember a time when mobile TV had a chance in America. And those who blinked probably don't remember anything of the sort. America never has been much on mobile TV -- perhaps our lifestyles are just too crazy for long-term viewing on a mobile device, but the spectrum used for Qualcomm's short-lived FLO TV service is certainly valued. And AT&T, just days after calling it quits with their proposed T-Mobile USA acquisition, wants it. The carrier that gets slammed on a seemingly weekly basis for not ever having enough capacity in major urban areas has just wrapped up a purchase of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm. AT&T purchased 700 MHz spectrum licenses covering more... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a slew of new and updated processors in its Snapdragon entry-level S1 and next-generation device S4 product lines. The company has upgraded its S1 MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A chips to offer better performance and also drive migration from 2G to 3G for entry-level smartphones. On the S4 side, things are more comprehensive and include processors, chipsets, and software. Snapdragon S4 chips will power everything from basic smartphones to tablets, and in tandem with Qualcomm software and any of its eight newly-announced S4 chipsets (making eleven total), will offer all the feature sets and connectivity technologies one could ask for on a mobile device. Look for Snapdragon... Read more...
Tons of new Windows 8 details are flowing out after BUILD 2011, and the trickle has yet to stop. Adobe's chipping in with a very important tidbit: Flash. Flash remains a huge part of the Web, for better or worse, and with the world's most prominent tablet platform not supporting Flash sites (iOS), but Android supporting it, many were wondering where Windows 8 would position itself. A new post about the Flash Platform Blog has explained that "rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash" will be supported in Windows 8, and the company expects that Flash-based apps will come to the Metro side of Win8 via Adobe AIR. That's a familiar concept; the same has happened with iOS and Android,... Read more...
Qualcomm: a name that most average consumers probably weren't even familiar with just five or ten years ago, but these days, is impossible to ignore. The Snapdragon processor platform has taken over the tablet and smartphone space, and a huge percentage of today's hottest devices run with Qualcomm silicon inside. It's still tough being a chip maker when it comes to perception, though; for the most part, average consumers don't stop to consider what kind of CPU is within their favorite handheld. It's more about the experience, and less about the specifications. So now, Qualcomm is getting itself more in line with consumers, to a place consumers actually touch. The company has just acquired... Read more...
Nokia and Microsoft obviously belong in the same sentence together, but Qualcomm? That's a new one. The company is reportedly getting set to join the Nokia/WP7 party in a big way, with Reuters reporting that Nokia is negotiating with "several chipset suppliers" for future Windows Phone handsets after selecting Qualcomm for use in their first MS-based smartphones. This is obviously a major win for Qualcomm. The company's Snapdragon and Hummingbird chips have found their way into a slew of smartphones, but having a deal with Nokia further cements their lead in the industry. Of course, with Nokia looking at other suppliers, that could soon change. But still, the first Nokias with WP7 will indeed... Read more...
Here's a little lesson in mobile apps: there's a Netflix app for iOS, enabling users to stream 'Watch Instantly' movies to their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. But that same app isn't in the Android Market. In fact, there's no Netflix streaming on Android at all! Isn't that a shame! There are rumors that this is to blame on Android's DRM system, which may frighten movie studios when comparing to Apple's relatively closed system. But now, it seems the solution is out there. But only for a few people. Qualcomm today announced that the company's Snapgradon would be working to help "enable instant streaming from Netflix on Android devices." In other words, Snapdragon somehow fulfills needed security... Read more...
It's been two days since AMD's Board of Directors announced it was firing then-CEO Dirk Meyer and new information on the board's reasoning has begun to appear. As we suspected, it was Meyer's decision not to focus on a new ultra-mobile processor that incurred the board's wrath. The particular incident in question is believed to be the decision to sell AMD's Imageon technology to Qualcomm in January of 2009 for $65 million. Qualcomm took the ARM-based Imageon core, integrated it with the company's own Snapdragon SoC, and has produced a line of profitable handsets. This, apparently, cheesed the BoD at Sunnyvale right the heck off. This information has sparked fresh conversation over whether or... Read more...
A couple of months ago, FLO TV announced that they were pulling the plug on their standalone mobile TV efforts in America. After marketing like crazy, they simply weren't able to attract the kind of consumer adoption needed to keep things running. It was also reported that Qualcomm, who owned FLO TV, was considering everything, even down to selling the spectrum needed to broadcast the content. And now, that's exactly what they've done. AT&T, America's largest GSM carrier, has just announced their intentions to purchase the FLO TV spectrum, which is located in the Lower 700MHz frequency band. This spectrum is primed for use in 4G/LTE expansion in the years ahead, so it's no surprise that the... Read more...
It's always sad to see a startup, or a good idea, go belly-up. But in this high-pace world of technological innovation, it happens more often than not. It's tough to gain traction in today's world, with one thing after another begging for consumer dollars. Such was the case with Qualcomm's FLO TV. It launched with a huge marketing push, and in theory, the idea was sound. People love television, and people are constantly on the move. So it made sense to think that people may enjoy TV on the go. But the problems were numerous. For one, people didn't seem interested in buying a dedicated portable television. It's one extra device to carry around, and many smartphones these days already have access... Read more...
And just like that, FLO TV is dead. You may not even remember the name if you weren't paying close attention to Qualcomm's rollout last year, but now it matters now. The direct-consumer portable TV service has been axed by parent company Qualcomm, and while the reasons aren't detailed, it's not hard to imagine why. America has never really embraced dedicated mobile TV devices; some people are embracing mobile TV on smartphones considering that they already own the device, but by and large, texting and calling keeps us occupied enough on the go. And when that's not enough, Angry Birds for iPhone keeps us entertained on subway rides. Qualcomm has this week released a statement that essentially... Read more...
You could argue that smartbooks never really had much of a chance once netbooks began to sell for below $299, but Qualcomm and a number of partners definitely put a lot of effort into the category. Initially launched in early 2009, these mid-sized notebook/handheld hybrids were meant to be slotted between the average smartphone and notebook, giving you a third device that would last all day and provide a better browsing experience than what was available on a phone. But two major hiccups happened over the course of the past year to really derail the popularity of smartbooks. One is the proliferation of netbooks. Netbooks ended up being "portable enough" for most people, and Android / iOS phones... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPad last April, Qualcomm's Snapdragon QSD8250 was a popular point of comparison. The results, if you were a Qualcomm fan, were a bit disappointing. Clock-for-clock, the 1GHz A4 generally whomped all over the 1GHz Snapdragon. To be fair, this could also be the result of unoptimized software or strict power conservation settings, but neither factor prevented Qualcomm from looking like the red-headed stepchild. The previous generation QSD8650. The 8672 promises an additional core and extra rawr. By Q4 the tables may have turned. In June, Qualcomm shipped its first 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon and it expects to launch a 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672 built on 45nm technology. The... Read more...
Qualcomm announced the third generation of its popular Snapdragon family of chipsets. The new Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions use two of the company's enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. According to Qualcomm, the MSM8260 and MSM8660 are the first members of the Snapdragon family to have a dual-core processor. The dual cores will enable smartphones to have enough processing power to handle video at 1080p and screen resolutions up to 1280 x 800. The company is currently shipping engineering samples of the new chipsets to smartphone makers. Qualcomm Ships First Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset Third-generation Snapdragon Solutions Feature Two Application Processor Cores... Read more...
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