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 the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone market in China and the company has been steadily boosting the performance of its chips, especially by combining them with LTE modems. Now, MediaTek is looking beyond China and East Asia.
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 and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17 per cent, according to Gartner.
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.
Intel ended 2014 how it started it when it comes to mobile: by losing around $1 billion. The silicon giant reported a $1.11 billion loss in its mobile communications group in the fourth quarter, bringing total 2014 losses in the mobile unit to $4.2 billion.
Broadcom got out of the cellular baseband business in mid-2014 because it was losing $2 million per day staying in that market, which is dominated by Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek and others, according to CEO Scott McGregor.
Samsung Electronics confirmed it is likely to register its first drop in profit in three years in preliminary guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014, however its predicted figure for the quarter beat analyst estimates for the period.
LAS VEGAS--Wireless startup MagnaCom (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) has been demonstrating its technology to improve spectral efficiency and network performance here, and CEO Yossi Cohen said the company is making process in convincing wireless industry players that its wave modulation, or WAM, technique actually works. The goal now is convince silicon vendors and other wireless players to try out the technology for themselves, with the long-term aim of having carriers pressure their vendor partners to adopt it.
During his recent visit to China, President Barack Obama pushed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on the use of Chinese antitrust policy to limit royalty fees for foreign companies, according to a Reuters report. The high-level involvement comes as China appears close to nearing a decision on royalty fees that could see Qualcomm slapped with a $1 billion penalty.