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.
Qualcomm will go with Samsung Electronics as its partner to manufacture its next-generation Snapdragon 820 chipset, according to a Re/code report, potentially dealing another blow to silicon fabricator Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Intel said it remains on track to cut $800 million in losses from its mobile business this year as it ramps up production of its chipsets for entry-level phones and tablets. The company, which reported first-quarter earnings yesterday, also said it will continue to pay device makers to put its silicon inside their gadgets, but it will do less of that this year than it did in 2014.
Qualcomm brushed off calls from an activist shareholder to break up its chipset and patent-licensing businesses, arguing that keeping them together is in the best interests of shareholders. However, as the Wall Street Journal details, Qualcomm's profitable royalty business is coming under pressure from industry trade groups and competitors.
Qualcomm is facing pressure from an activist shareholder, the hedge fund Jana Partners, to break up its chipset business from its patent-licensing arm, with Jana arguing that the chip business is "essentially worthless" at current valuations.
Researchers from the UK's University of Cambridge say they have unraveled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, a breakthrough that could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. The development could have implications for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Silicon maker Altera has broken off talks about a potential acquisition by chipset giant Intel, according to multiple reports, apparently after a disagreement over the price.
Just in time for the Brooklyn 5G Summit, SiBeam, a pioneer in intelligent millimeter-wave technologies, has joined the NYU Wireless research center as an industrial-affiliate sponsor of fundamental research on 5G.