According to a report from Re/code citing unnamed sources, Qualcomm has put its augmented reality business, Vuforia, up for sale. The reported move comes just a few months after the company agreed to cut $1.4 billion in costs, slash up to 15 percent of its workforce, change some of its corporate practices and review whether to split up its chipset and licensing units.
Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.
Qualcomm has seen its share of wireless technology wars, and it survived. Now it's got a new war on its hands, one involving LTE-U and Wi-Fi, as well as adversaries like Google. How will it survive this one?
SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- Qualcomm hosted a media event at its headquarters on Wednesday as part of its ongoing efforts to "set the record straight" about LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Wi-Fi coexistence, with the bottom line being: If you want to improve the quality of Wi-Fi, your best bet is to develop and deploy LTE-U sooner rather than later.
In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a "gatekeeper" for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance's proposal would "jeopardize the [FCC's] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation."
The recent acquisition of Nokia's Here digital mapping and location services business by a consortium comprising Audi, BMW and Daimler is a harbinger for widespread strategic change in technology supply for automobiles. Smartcar companies including Daimler and Volkswagen admit they need Apple and Google as partners, but these Silicon Valley companies also pose significant threats as suppliers and as direct competitors.
Qualcomm is a leader in that tablet chipset market and Intel has spent mightily trying to crack into that market, but both have new competitors racing behind them from China. Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology increased their tablet chip sales from a combined 0.3 percent of the market in 2010 to more than 27 percent just three years later, according to Bloomberg.
Ericsson said Swisscom is the first operator in Europe to launch three-carrier aggregation combining LTE FDD and TDD modes in a commercial network on chipsets available from Qualcomm.
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 made good on its plan to auction off L-band spectrum owned by its Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) subsidiary, striking deals with Vodafone UK and Three UK worth at least £100 million (€139 million/$156 million).