LAS VEGAS--Nvidia took the wraps off its long-awaited Tegra 4 application processor for mobile devices, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang calling it the "fastest mobile application processor in the world today," and boasting of its performance capabilities. Speaking at a press conference at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show here, Huang called Tegra 4 "nearly the worst kept secret," referring to recent reports that the new silicon was coming.
Next week in Las Vegas tens of thousands of technology and mobile executives, professionals and enthusiasts will gather for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. As in recent years, the wireless industry will have a significant presence at the show, but from what I'm hearing from analysts and insiders there may be less of a bang at this show than in years past.
Apple, Ericsson, Research In Motion and other technology companies sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to open up more spectrum for mobile broadband. The group, called the High Tech Spectrum Coalition, wants Congress to push for a successful incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum and also get federal agencies to share or give up their spectrum.
MediaTek unveiled its first quad-core applications processor for smartphone and tablets, indicating it wants to move beyond just selling chipsets for entry-level devices at punch at the weight class of heavyweights like Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia.
Broadcom will start providing sample LTE chipsets to customers next year, the company confirmed, indicating that it wants to catch up with industry leader and rival Qualcomm.
HTC said it will not bring its mid-range Windows Phone 8S device to the U.S. market, and will instead put all of its marketing efforts behind the high-end Windows Phone 8X.
Even though the wireless industry continues to grow at a brisk pace, there are plenty of examples of failures and misfires from companies of all sizes. This list serves to highlight some of the more interesting failed technologies in wireless.
Intel said CEO Paul Otellini will step down in May, leaving behind a company that is still the world's largest chipset maker but one that has struggled to catch up in the fast0growing market for mobile chips.
SAN FRANCISCO--Qualcomm's new chief marketing officer said the company plans to more heavily advertise its brand, including to smartphone users. However, Qualcomm CMO Anand Chandrasekher said the company's new advertising push won't be as bombastic as Intel's "Intel Inside" marketing effort.
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said that the company is no longer impacted by supply constraints for its newest chipsets, a problem that it faced earlier this year. Instead, the company marched ahead with strong fiscal fourth quarter as demand for smartphones accelerated.