Qualcomm is playing to its strengths in the connected car market rather than attempting to compete with established chipmakers that provide engine management and safety systems, according to the U.S.-based company's director of marketing.
So far 2014 is the biggest year for deals among chipset companies since 2011--and it's not over yet. Almost $11 billion worth of North American semiconductor transactions were announced in the first half of 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Qualcomm confirmed its acquisition of WiGig chipmaker Wilocity, a move designed to enable Qualcomm to easily integrate WiGig into its mobile platforms and secure the vendor's role in wireless streaming of 4K video and high-throughput peer-to-peer communications for mobile, computing and networking devices.
Microsoft joined the AllSeen Alliance, an open-source project founded on Qualcomm technology and aimed at coming up with a standard to connect devices and have them interact as part of the Internet of Things. The software giant's participation in the group adds heft to its membership, which has been largely dominated by consumer electronics and home appliance makers.
Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.
AMSTERDAM--LTE Cat 6 is providing European operators with an opportunity to close the gap on rivals in Asia Pacific and North America that took a leading role in deploying LTE Cat 4 technology, according to Qualcomm Technologies' senior director of marketing.
Amazon failed to convince industry experts it can compete against Apple and Samsung in the smartphone space after it unveiled its first device--the Fire--on Wednesday.
According to reports from Korean media, Samsung is planning to release an Android smartphone later this year running on chips from Intel. If the reports prove accurate, the action could represent a significant boost to Intel, which has struggled to break into the market for smartphone silicon. A win with Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, would give Intel's profile in the space a substantial boost.
Qualcomm, MediaTek and other chipset companies are increasingly helping their OEM partners and other customers get phone components such as speakers and camera lenses as a way to juice their business.
Qualcomm's latest small-cell system-on-chip (SoC) targets operators that want to extend LTE and Wi-Fi into neighborhoods and small-to-medium-size businesses.