Intel agreed to buy rival chipset maker Altera for $16.7 billion in a long-rumored deal that will get Intel further involved in the market of silicon for network gear and data centers. The deal represents another indication of consolidation in the silicon industry and comes hot on the heels of Avago Technologies' $37 billion transaction to buy Broadcom, which will push Avago into the networking chipset market.
Dominant chipmaker Qualcomm may need to take some radical steps to stay ahead of the direct competition presented by the $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom by Avago, analysts said Thursday. That could mean putting together some innovative partnerships, or even divesting itself of certain parts of its business.
Qualcomm Technologies and Daimler AG are collaborating on technology focused on the connected car, including in-car wireless charging. The companies say they will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance.
Qualcomm addressed concerns that it is struggling to gain traction in the connected car sector by announcing a major collaboration with Daimler covering wireless connectivity and charging technologies.
Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies have completed tests using LTE CAT11, achieving a downlink peak data rate of up to 600 Mbit/s by aggregating three component carriers--3CC carrier aggregation--with 256QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).
Qualcomm is pressing ahead with new chipset offerings in the Internet of Things space, and it is arguing that it has already generated significant business from IoT devices.
MediaTek is unveiling a new chipset platform designed to compete with Qualcomm at the high end of the smartphone market. MediaTek has been steadily moving up-market and gearing more of its silicon toward devices in the premier tier after breaking into the market supplying chipsets for entry-level devices.
Qualcomm's rivals were ordered to provide details of the company's licensing programme to the European Commission (EC) by mid-May, as part of an antitrust probe of the U.S. chip maker.
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.
Qualcomm is seeking to mend fences in China, the world's largest smartphone market, by launching a new unit aimed at helping Chinese smartphone makers sell overseas.