Posing the question: "Is it 4G or 5G?" in its marketing material, Qualcomm Technologies introduced its sixth-generation discrete LTE multimode chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which it says is the first commercially announced Gigabit Class LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 6 download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
Samsung said it has begun mass production of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor using a second generation of its 14-nanometer LPP (Low-Power Plus) chip-building process, marking a major victory as the company works to expand its chip business to support a slowing smartphone unit. The exclusive deal is reportedly worth more than $1 billion.
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 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.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm made sure the industry knows it is still a force to contend with as it unveiled the Snapdragon 615, which it dubbed the world's first 64-bit, octo-core chip with integrated five-mode global LTE.
Qualcomm is starting to put its money where its mouth is in terms of the Internet of Things and is introducing a chipset line designed specifically for connected devices inside homes.
Intel is expected to report lower revenue and earnings for the second quarter when it posts results after the market closes today, but investors will be yearning to hear more details from new CEO Brian Krzanich about what the company plans to do to catch up in mobile.
Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will reportedly arrive around July and will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, apparently chosen in part for its ability to tightly integrate with the chipmaker's 3G/LTE baseband modem.
Qualcomm said that some of its OEM customers using its Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) program to build devices are able to launch their gadgets in as little as 60 days from the time the project is launched to when the product is ready. Although the chipset giant's QRD program is focused primarily on companies based on China--customers include Lenovo, Yulong's Coolpad brand and Tianyu-- Qualcomm said Tier 1 device makers are exploring the program for their lower-end handsets.