It seems that every month this year has brought news of some M&A activity in the chipset industry. However, the big deals ahead for semiconductor companies could be even more focused on the Internet of Things.
Qualcomm said it will begin trading L-band spectrum owned by subsidiary Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) following a recent European Commission decision to utilise the spectrum to boost downlink data rates in mobile networks.
Similar to the wireless industry's transition from GSM to GPRS, one where operators would talk about 2.5G, the question is whether the eventual move to 5G will be preceded by a mid-stage state that some call "4.5G."
Samsung and Qualcomm have filed the most patent applications and received the most patents for technology related to wireless power, with LG coming in third place, according to data compiled by LexInnova.
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.