Intel is in advanced talks to buy chipset vendor Altera Corp., according to multiple reports, in a deal that could top more than $10 billion. Altera makes specialized chips that are widely used in cellular base stations, so the deal could be a way for Intel to get a tighter grip of the wireless market while it is trying to get its silicon into more mobile devices.
The next versions of Apple's iPhones will include an LTE modem chipset from Intel, according to a VentureBeat report, a move that would give a major boost to Intel's wireless ambitions and hit Intel rival Qualcomm.
BARCELONA, Spain--Intel and Qualcomm executives said the chipset giants have a role to play in enabling smart cities as both technology solution providers and advisers as municipalities connect more of their infrastructure and services.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has been at the helm of Qualcomm for a little more than a year now, and although he has a quiet public style, inside the chipset maker he is showing his competitive side by working to make sure that the company can capture the next wave of growth in computing as the smartphone market matures.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm CTO Matt Grob said LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) can easily coexist with and protect Wi-Fi operations in unlicensed spectrum, similar to how different variants of Wi-Fi already perform today. He also said that he thinks commercial handsets that support LTE-U could be in the market by mid-2016.
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.