British chipset design company ARM Holdings announced its new Cortex-A72 processor, which the company said is more than three times more powerful than its current designs while using 75 percent less power. The product is noteworthy since ARM's designs power the chips inside the vast majority of the world's smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy phones.
ARM unveiled a new processor IP it said offers 50-times better performance than silicon from five years ago, as Qualcomm--one of the UK company's customers--sought to ease concerns over its smartphone processor prowess following reports Samsung is dropping the company's high-end Snapdragon 801 processor.
With its storied history of broken promises and multiple bankruptcies, the satellite communications industry isn't exactly one that stands out as an attractive investment. Still, when you've got personalities like Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson investing in new ventures, you can't help but wonder if they're onto something.
Qualcomm cut its outlook for the second half of its fiscal year in part because it disclosed that its Snapdragon 810 processor "will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device."
Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone market in China and the company has been steadily boosting the performance of its chips, especially by combining them with LTE modems. Now, MediaTek is looking beyond China and East Asia.
Qualcomm is expected to provide Samsung Electronics with a new version of its Snapdragon 810 chipset in March for the next version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report came after Bloomberg reported that Samsung would not use Qualcomm silicon in the next version of its phone because the Qualcomm chipset overheated during testing. Instead, Samsung will reportedly use its own chipset.
Samsung Electronics will eschew a Qualcomm chipset and use its own silicon for the next version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone because the Qualcomm processor overheated during testing, according to a Bloomberg report.
While providing comments on how the FCC should treat the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz, interested parties also shared their visions for 5G--everything from M2M to robots and drones.
A lot of the comments filed on the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) into the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz were positive, praising the commission for launching the proceeding to investigate potential opportunities for using millimeter wave (mmW) bands to accelerate 5G services. But many interested parties are calling for caution as well, especially when it comes to framing rules around the use of the mmW bands.
The race to launch a new constellation of satellites just got a little more real as two big endeavors emerged with famous backers last week, one involving wireless-technology pioneer Qualcomm and Richard Branson, and the other with SpaceX CEO and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk.