Marvell said it is going to undertake a "significant restructuring" of its mobile chipset unit and indicated it is going to get out of the smartphone and tablet processor business. The company said it will cut around 17 percent of its global workforce and plans to continue to focus on Wi-Fi and other wireless standards "needed to support its strategies in existing markets as well as expanding into emerging opportunities" in the Internet of Things, networking and automotive markets.
Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is expected to be in many flagship smartphones in 2016, will support LTE-Unlicensed technology thanks to its upgraded modem. The silicon and technology giant noted that new phones powered by the chipset will be out in the first half of next year, and if customers are on a network that supports LTE-U, users "may experience a sudden boost in LTE speeds in areas that normally suffer from congestion."
Intel's chips will ship in around 50 percent of the new models of Apple's iPhones, according to a report from Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard.
Qualcomm has been the leader in the LTE baseband chipset market, and it still is, but it now has a clear strong competitor in the form of MediaTek, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
Nvidia said it will wind down its Icera cellular baseband operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which will end this summer. The company said it is open to a sale of the technology or operations.
The next versions of Apple's iPhones will include an LTE modem chipset from Intel, according to a VentureBeat report, a move that would give a major boost to Intel's wireless ambitions and hit Intel rival Qualcomm.
Broadcom got out of the cellular baseband business in mid-2014 because it was losing $2 million per day staying in that market, which is dominated by Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek and others, according to CEO Scott McGregor.
Even though Broadcom is exiting the cellular baseband market, CEO Scott McGregor thinks the company will have a secure place in high-end smartphones thanks to its Wi-Fi chipsets.
Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems married to application processors, which Ericsson does not offer.
Broadcom said it will cut 2,500 jobs, about one-fifth of its total workforce, as part of a winding down of its cellular baseband chipset unit. The company made the announcement Tuesday in conjunction with its second-quarter earnings.