Qualcomm on Monday at CES 2014 announced a couple of new processors that will equip different kinds of devices, including 4K TV sets and cars with smart features. These are the Snapdragon 802 (for TVs) and Snapdragon 602A (for cars), and are extensions of their respective families of processors found in many smartphones and tablets. More →
Qualcomm is among several companies working on brainlike processors, The New York Times has learned, and the chipmaker is expected to come out with a commercial version of such a product next year. However, the unnamed computer processor will apparently be used for further development rather than in future mobile devices. In addition to Qualcomm, IBM and researchers at Stanford have also designed neuromorphic processors that aim to replicate the complexity of the human brain. More →
Qualcomm’s latest processor was built with Ultra HD 4K video in mind. The new Snapdragon 805 processor that the company announced on Wednesday will be the first that can play, record, and stream your favorite Ultra HD videos. The new processor will be able to handle Ultra HD thanks to the new Adreno 420 GPU, the Krait 450 quad-core CPU, and the Gobi MDM9x25 modem. More →
When one of your biggest customers makes its new 64-bit mobile processor a huge focus as it unveils its next-generation flagship smartphone, calling that new processor nothing more than a “marketing gimmick” probably isn’t the best idea. Qualcomm finally realized that on Wednesday and it issued a retraction following comments made last week by its chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher. More →
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the iPhone 5s’s new 64-bit processor ever since Apple unveiled the chipset last month. Some have applauded the upgrade to the iPhone while others have implied that the new chip might not be much of an upgrade at all. Techworld reports that Qualcomm CMO Anand Chandrasekher is in the latter of those two groups. In an interview, Chandrasekher said that he believes the announcement was nothing more than a “marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that.” More →
LG has taken an unusual approach for its upcoming flagship smartphone. Rather than waiting for the official announcement to share details about the device, the company on Tuesday confirmed that the next-generation Optimus G will be equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Qualcomm’s latest chipset, which is slated to arrive in devices later this year, promises to deliver a 75% performance boost over the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and double the graphics performance with its Adreno 330 GPU. The processor also includes support for ultra HD resolution, LTE Advanced and always-on voice commands. LG did not announce any other specs or launch details. The company’s press release follows below. More →
Samsung co-CEO JK Shin previously confirmed that the company is preparing to release a new version of the Galaxy S4 in South Korea that will be compatible with LTE-Advanced networks. The new technology will make the smartphone capable of delivering data speeds that are twice as fast as other models. According to a leaked owner manual, per RBMen, the Galaxy S4 LTE-A model will be upgraded to include a new, more powerful processor. The device will be equipped with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, compared to the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip found in the original Galaxy S4. The smartphone’s dimensions and other components were left unchanged. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A is expected to launch in South Korea later this month.
Qualcomm at the Computex 2013 trade show in Taipei on Tuesday announced that it has added support for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows RT 8.1 operating system to its high-end Snapdragon 800 processor. The quad-core chip features an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and supports speeds of up to 2.2GHz per core. The company promises a new wave of tablets, hybrids and notebooks that are “thin and fan-less, and deliver speedy performance with long lasting battery life.” Along with its four asynchronously clocked cores, the Snapdragon 800 chipset includes a new Adreno 330 graphics processor that is capable of supporting 4K resolution playback at 30 frames-per-second. Qualcomm’s press release follows below. More →
Vendors such as Samsung, HTC and LG have turned to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor to power their flagship devices. The chipset has been praised for its high-end performance and efficient power consumption, and Qualcomm is promising an even better user experience with its Snapdragon 800 processor. The company’s upcoming chip is similar to the 600 version with its four cores that are clocked asynchronously, however it can maintain a clock speed of up to 2.3GHz and includes a new Adreno 330 graphics processor that is capable of supporting 4K resolution playback at 30 frames-per-second. More →
Google (GOOG) is rumored to be readying the second-generation version of its 7-inch Nexus tablet that will debut later this year. Earlier reports claimed the next-gen Nexus 7 will be equipped with a 1080p full HD display and a quad-core Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon processor. According to Digitimes, Google and ASUS (2357) decided to ditch NVIDIA (NVDA), which supplied Tegra 3 processors for the original Nexus 7, because of Qualcomm’s tight integration with 4G LTE radios. NVIDIA recently announced the quad-core Tegra 4i processor with an integrated LTE chip, however the company may be unable to meet Google’s launch schedule for the second-generation Nexus 7, which is rumored to be set for a debut at the annual I/O Developers Conference in May. Losing Google as a customer will be hard on NVIDIA, which could now see 2013 processor shipments drop by as many as eight million units.
A variety of benchmark test results last month revealed that NVIDIA’s (NVDA) next-generation mobile processor will be hard to beat. The Tegra 4 processor displayed vast improvements over older Tegra 3 models and in some cases resulted in scores that nearly quadrupled the performance of older devices. According to a new report, NVIDIA’s latest processor is even faster than Qualcomm’s (QCOM) flagship Snapdragon 800 CPU. More →
So how will Apple (AAPL) release a cheaper version of its iPhone while still maintaining the desirability and high margins of its standard model? Forbes points us to some analysis from research firm Detwiler Fenton that suggests Apple could look outside its own hardware to build a lower-cost smartphone. More specifically, the firm believes Apple could use “a less powerful lower-end Snapdragon” processor from Qualcomm (QCOM) that would deliver inferior computing and graphics capabilities than standard iPhones that use Apple’s in-house A6 processor. The reason for this, Detwiler Fenton writes, is that Apple “would not want a value priced iPhone to offer the same kind of graphics and video support, processing power etc. that its premium priced device would, therefore a less powerful lower-end Snapdragon integrated solution would help segment the product.”
Last night, Qualcomm (QCOM) reported a strong quarter and revised its year 2012 estimates for 3G/4G device volumes in different geographic regions. The big bombshell was the downward revision in North American 3G device volume growth, though — Qualcomm estimates that it will be just 4% in 2012, less than half of the previous growth rate projection. More →