Samsung Electronics unveiled its newest silicon, a 14-nanometer chipset that it said offers better battery life and performance. The chipset could be key to Samsung's growth as its smartphone sales flatten out. Meanwhile, a Samsung executive hinted that the company's forthcoming flagship smartphone, expected to be called the Galaxy S6, will support multiple wireless charging standards.
Qualcomm is facing new pressure from regulators after South Korea's antitrust regulator said it is considering investigating whether the chipset giant misused its dominant market position in the country. The probe comes just days after Qualcomm announced a settlement with China's National Development and Reform Commission, in which the company agreed to pay a $975 million fine and change its licensing and royalty practices.
ARM Holdings, the British chipset design giant, posted a better than expected 25 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit. The company, whose architecture is used by the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek and many others, said it expects its royalty income to get a boost from new smartphones.
Qualcomm announced a "resolution" with China's National Development and Reform Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm's patent-licensing business in the country. Under the agreement, Qualcomm will pay a $975 million fine and will modify some of its business and licensing practices. The company also updated its revenue and earnings expectations due to the resolution.
Qualcomm will likely pay a fine of up to $1 billion and cut its royalty rates by around a third on patents used in China to settle an investigation into the company's licensing practices there, according to a Reuters report.
Apple is going to rely on rival Samsung Electronics to produce the processor for its next iPhone models, according to a Re/code report, which would be a major coup for Samsung's semiconductor unit.
British chipset design company ARM Holdings announced its new Cortex-A72 processor, which the company said is more than three times more powerful than its current designs while using 75 percent less power. The product is noteworthy since ARM's designs power the chips inside the vast majority of the world's smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy phones.
ARM unveiled a new processor IP it said offers 50-times better performance than silicon from five years ago, as Qualcomm--one of the UK company's customers--sought to ease concerns over its smartphone processor prowess following reports Samsung is dropping the company's high-end Snapdragon 801 processor.
Intel struck a deal to buy Lantiq, a system-on-chip specialist focused on broadband access and home networking technologies, in a bid to get more deeply enmeshed in the smart home, one of the leading areas in the Internet of Things market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Intel said the deal is expected to close in around 90 days.
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."