Intel is still working to catch up on smartphone and tablet application processors and LTE modems, and is also pursuing efforts in wearable computing. However, the company is also planning a major push to get its silicon into hardware that represents the guts of networks--routers, switches and base stations.
Qualcomm said China's National Development and Reform Commission started a probe related to an anti-monopoly law (AML) in the country. Analysts said the investigation could be an attempt to slow Qualcomm's business in the world's largest smartphone market.
Chip giant Qualcomm is planning a small number of layoffs, but the precise number is not known, according to a GigaOM report.
Qualcomm is interested in exploring the possibility of deploying LTE services on unlicensed spectrum, according to CEO Paul Jacobs.
Qualcomm is starting to put its money where its mouth is in terms of the Internet of Things and is introducing a chipset line designed specifically for connected devices inside homes.
The first products with Nvidia's Tegra 4i chipset, which combines the company's application processor with an LTE modem, will be rolling into the market in the first half of next year, but likely will not be aimed at the U.S. market, according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Qualcomm may be the leading chipset provider in terms of LTE, but that doesn't mean it's turning its back on its CDMA customers or heritage, according to a senior executive.
Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor is banking on the idea that there will be a wide array of companies interested in creating wearable computing devices, and that Broadcom will be able to sell its wireless chips into that new category.
Intel will begin shipping its first multimode LTE modem chipset later this month, but the silicon giant has a long way to go to catch up with competitors who are already ahead in mobile, most notably Qualcomm.
Intel purchased a unit of Fujitsu, called Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless Products, a specialist in RF transceiver technology, in a bid to increase its LTE and overall mobile expertise, an Intel spokeswoman confirmed to FierceWireless.