Even executives at Qualcomm, which is trying to drive 5G as fast as it can, may need to adjust their expectations due to the speed at which the industry is moving to the next generation of wireless.
Gartner predicted that worldwide semiconductor capital spending will decline 0.7 per cent in 2016 to $64.3 billion (€58.6 billion).
Prior to last week's unanimous FCC vote to open up vast amounts of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, Qualcomm had all kinds of suggestions for how it should be implemented. But the day after the historic vote, it was more interested in savoring the moment.
SoftBank pledged to invest in the future of ARM as it announced a £24.3 billion (€29.1 billion/$32.1 billion) bid to acquire 100 per cent of the UK-based technology company.
Qualcomm announced the speedier successor to its Snapdragon 820 processor.
Altair Semiconductor says its FourGee-1160 chipset, which powers the M14A2A IoT module manufactured by Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) that is certified to run on AT&T's LTE network, is upgradable via a firmware over the air (FoTA) upgrade to the Cat-M1 standard.
Mobile chips might play a key role in the next generation of supercomputers, according to The MIT Technology Review. Powerful computers used by governmental agencies, educational institutions and major industries consume enormous amounts of power, and the speed at which they can move data is becoming limited. So mobile chips that require less power may lay the foundation for faster, more powerful computers.
The standards have yet to be written and U.S. operators are in the midst of trials, but Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says Intel is leading in 5G right now. His comments come as a new Strategy Analytics Report finds that Intel is going all out to be a driving force in the Internet of Things (IoT), which, by most accounts, will be a key component of 5G. But it faces some big rivals there as well.
Intel should finally throw in the towel on the mobile business if it can't score a deal to get its chips into a high-profile handset, according to Will Strauss of Forward Concepts. But the market research firm is confident the company's wares will make their way into at least some upcoming iPhones.
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 2 per cent in 2016 to $62.8 billion (€55 billion).