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.
Qualcomm reported falling earnings in the first quarter, and reduced its 2015 financial outlook from its previous expectations. The company also warned it expects Samsung to continue to move away from Qualcomm chips in future phones--exacerbating a trend Samsung started with its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S6, which dropped Qualcomm chips in favor of Samsung's own silicon.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Qualcomm will go with Samsung Electronics as its partner to manufacture its next-generation Snapdragon 820 chipset, according to a Re/code report, potentially dealing another blow to silicon fabricator Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
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Qualcomm brushed off calls from an activist shareholder to break up its chipset and patent-licensing businesses, arguing that keeping them together is in the best interests of shareholders. However, as the Wall Street Journal details, Qualcomm's profitable royalty business is coming under pressure from industry trade groups and competitors.
Qualcomm is facing pressure from an activist shareholder, the hedge fund Jana Partners, to break up its chipset business from its patent-licensing arm, with Jana arguing that the chip business is "essentially worthless" at current valuations.