Marvell said it is going to undertake a "significant restructuring" of its mobile chipset unit and indicated it is going to get out of the smartphone and tablet processor business. The company said it will cut around 17 percent of its global workforce and plans to continue to focus on Wi-Fi and other wireless standards "needed to support its strategies in existing markets as well as expanding into emerging opportunities" in the Internet of Things, networking and automotive markets.
Qualcomm is cutting 1,314 full-time jobs at its San Diego headquarters and hundreds of jobs in other locations, part of a previously announced restructuring the chipset giant its undertaking as it reacts to a slowing smartphone market.
Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is expected to be in many flagship smartphones in 2016, will support LTE-Unlicensed technology thanks to its upgraded modem. The silicon and technology giant noted that new phones powered by the chipset will be out in the first half of next year, and if customers are on a network that supports LTE-U, users "may experience a sudden boost in LTE speeds in areas that normally suffer from congestion."
LAS VEGAS--The debate over what is the best low-power wireless communications protocol technology to power millions and eventually billions of Internet of Things devices heated up here this week. LTE chipset Altair Semiconductor argued that LTE Category 1 chipsets can achieve many of the benefits of the more advanced Category 0 chips without the need for device makers to add in new silicon. Meanwhile, even though competitor Sequans Communications was here at CTIA's Super Mobility conference touting Cat 0, the company conceded that network software upgrades could bring the benefits of Cat 0 without the need for new chips.
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Intel's more than $60 million investment in Chinese drone maker Yuneec Holding Ltd. is the latest evidence that chip makers are serious about drone technology and expanding into new technologies.
The recent acquisition of Nokia's Here digital mapping and location services business by a consortium comprising Audi, BMW and Daimler is a harbinger for widespread strategic change in technology supply for automobiles. Smartcar companies including Daimler and Volkswagen admit they need Apple and Google as partners, but these Silicon Valley companies also pose significant threats as suppliers and as direct competitors.
Google's life sciences team, which is working on a smart contact lens to measure glucose levels, is graduating from the X lab to become a standalone Alphabet company.
Qualcomm is a leader in that tablet chipset market and Intel has spent mightily trying to crack into that market, but both have new competitors racing behind them from China. Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology increased their tablet chip sales from a combined 0.3 percent of the market in 2010 to more than 27 percent just three years later, according to Bloomberg.
Intel wants the world to know it is excited about what developers can do to bring its chipsets and technologies into more devices than just PCs, as the company expands into the Internet of Things and partners with other major technology companies.