BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm made sure the industry knows it is still a force to contend with as it unveiled the Snapdragon 615, which it dubbed the world's first 64-bit, octo-core chip with integrated five-mode global LTE.
Qualcomm and Apple competed fiercely for the top spots among chipset makers for smartphones and tablets in 2013, according to new reports from research firm Strategy Analytics. However, Qualcomm maintained its strong lead among baseband chip suppliers thanks to its dominant position in the LTE market, the research firm found.
Chipset vendor MediaTek is aiming to bring LTE to smartphones that cost less than $200 on an unsubsidized basis, using a new chip it hopes will finally let it crack more into Western markets.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
LAS VEGAS--Qualcomm remains the market leader by far in the cellular baseband market, and in LTE chips in particular. However, its chipset rivals made clear this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show that they are intent on using 2014 to close the gap on Qualcomm when it comes to LTE.
LAS VEGAS--Where will all the innovation in mobile take us next? According to top executives from Ericsson, Qualcomm and AT&T, the future of mobile will be dominated by wearable wireless devices and neuromorphic computers that mimic the human brain.
LAS VEGAS--Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off numerous wearable computing devices during his keynote Monday night here at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The goal was to showcase that even though Intel may have missed the shift toward smartphones and tablets, it is doing a lot to catch up in what may be the next wave of computing.
LAS VEGAS--In some of his first public comments since agreeing to become Qualcomm's next CEO, Steve Mollenkopf offered a largely upbeat and positive outlook on the chip vendor's business and prospects. Specifically, Mollenkopf said Qualcomm plans to expand its businesses in tablets, connected cars and in China, and hinted the company is hoping to release multiple market-changing technologies in the years ahead.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has a tall order ahead of him next week as a keynote speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show: He must not only explain but also show why Intel is relevant in a world that is increasingly mobile. In an interview with Re/code, Krzanich laid out the company's priorities for CES, which include an emphasis on wearable computing, next-generation tablets and the Internet of Things.
Qualcomm said COO Steve Mollenkopf will succeed Paul Jacobs as CEO next March, which would end an era in which the Jacobs family has held sway at the chipset giant.