Qualcomm is pressing ahead with new chipset offerings in the Internet of Things space, and it is arguing that it has already generated significant business from IoT devices.
Samsung Electronics is trying to help everybody move faster to deliver on the Internet of Things (IoT), unveiling its set of Artik-branded modules that contain the processors, memory, communications chips and software required for device makers to create connected devices.
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.
Ericsson is suing Apple in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, arguing Apple owes it patent royalties for using Ericsson's wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad. The move represents an expansion of the companies' existing legal squabble.
Next week Samsung Electronics plans to unveil a new chipset platform called Artik to power devices in the Internet of Things, according to a CNET report. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that the silicon platform was developed at Samsung's Menlo Park, Calif.-based Strategy and Innovation Center. That group is focused on developing new technology, partnerships and investments in hardware.
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.
Broadcom announced a new portfolio of Wi-Fi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points. The expanded portfolio targets various segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets, including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues.
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.