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Chinese regulators probe Qualcomm over 'unfair pricing' claims

China's antitrust regulator has accused chipmaker Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance and overcharging customers, charges that could see the firm hit with record fines of millions of dollars. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said that it started an investigation into the company last year after …

Qualcomm chief: Why is China probing us? We haven't a clue

Qualcomm's chief still has no idea why the chipmaker is being investigated by antitrust regulators in China, he told Reuters today. In November, the chipmaker said that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had started a probe of the firm, but added that it wasn't aware of any violations. "We really don't …

Qualcomm unveils MU-MIMO silicon

A hyped and highly-anticipated feature of the next generation of WiFi kit, MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple in, multiple out), has taken a step towards commercial reality, with chip vendor Qualcomm announcing its first silicon to support the feature. In today's MIMO, multiple spatial paths between transmitter and receiver are used …

Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octocore

Qualcomm launched its first 8-core processors at Mobile World Congress this week, after last year describing octocore chips as "a marketing gimmick". “You can’t take eight lawnmower engines, put them together and now claim you have an eight-cylinder Ferrari," Qualcomm's senior VP Anand Chandrasekher said last year. "We don’t do …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014

Chinese mobe-makers in pincer movement to corner Qualcomm

China’s mobile phone industry has turned up the heat on Qualcomm after submitting a damning report to government regulators in an on-going antitrust investigation into the US chip giant. China’s Communications Industry Association, consulted 20 out of its 30 key member companies before submitting its findings to the National …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014
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Qualcomm gobbles Palm patents after rummaging around HP's backroom

Mobile chipset maker Qualcomm has bought 2,400 patents from HP, including Palm and iPaq technology. The processor baker announced that it had secured a deal with Meg Whitman's tech titan to land granted and pending patents covering stuff from Bitfone to Palm. Terms of the deal, including the price Qualcomm is set to shell out, …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014
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Jury smacks Qualcomm for UNLAWFUL TECH in iPhone, Galaxy chips

Wireless comms firm ParkerVision has seen its shares soar today after a jury ruled that chipmaker Qualcomm had infringed its patents in a million-dollar trial over mobile phone chips used in iPhones and Galaxy devices. The federal jury decided that Qualcomm had infringed on ParkerVision's intellectual property, finding that none …
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch in its charger slash case

Qualcomm turns back hands of Toq smartwatch

Qualcomm isn't entering the smartwatch business after all. Two weeks ago the company fired up a fancy website that offers the chance to “Be the first to know when Qualcomm Toq is available for purchase” and generally hinted at a grand future for the device. Since that page went live, Taiwan-based tech outlet VR-Zone met …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013
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Sweaty palm time at Qualcomm after Beijing launches probe

Qualcomm is the latest US technology giant to find itself in trouble in China, having been placed under investigation in an anti-monopoly probe and suffering from the fallout over NSA spying revelations. The San-Diego-headquartered chipmaker put out a short release on Monday local time revealing that a probe had begun under the …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013

Qualcomm pleads innocence as Chinese regulators turn the screw

Mobile CPU giant Qualcomm has released a lengthy statement denying any wrong-doing after Chinese media claimed regulators have “substantial evidence” in an anti-monopoly investigation which could lead to over $US1bn in fines for the firm. Qualcomm revealed at the end of November that China’s National Development and Reform …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Dec 2013
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch in its charger slash case

Qualcomm reveals 'Toq' smartwatch

Qualcomm has become the latest gadget manufacturer to decide a smartwatch is a jolly good idea, revealing the “Toq” to world+dog today. The company says the name “Toq” is not supposed to the distinctive sound of a mechanical watch's gears moving, but is instead a riff on “talk”. Just why is hard to say. Qualcomm's canned …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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Qualcomm slips out new Snapdragon hardness to gush 4K vids into palms

While the media industry is convinced 4K televisions are the next big thing, Qualcomm claims its new Snapdragon 805 processor will bring 4,000 pixel content to smartphones. "Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013

Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

Qualcomm has announced two new 64-bit processors in its Snapdragon line, both aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets, and both "designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics," the company modestly says. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 are both based on ARM Cortex-A57 and …
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2014
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Keep on truckin'... Qualcomm sells OmniTRACS for $800m

Chip designer Qualcomm has sold off the product which made its name; the OmniTRACS vehicle-tracking platform which has been keeping truckers on the leash for 25 years. The market-leading vehicle management platform – certainly in the United States – OmniTRACS uses satellite communications to track and connect fleet vehicles, …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013
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Wireless-charging power struggle latest: Qualcomm invades rival to kill upstart

Despite founding a wireless charging standards body - the Alliance for Wireless Power - chip-designer Qualcomm has joined the board of competing body the Wireless Power Consortium in the hope of trouncing a third rival, the Power Matters Alliance. Qualcomm joined the board of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) last week, but …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013
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Alcatel-Lucent takes Qualcomm coin for personal 4G network tech

Chip designer Qualcomm has taken a share in telecoms gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as the pair collaborate on Small Cells - despite the architectural differences of opinion. Qualcomm will end up with less than five per cent of Alcatel-Lucent, a share the Financial Times described as "symbolic of a wider partnership". That …
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2013
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Open source bods magic up Qualcomm tech to unlock Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation has established an industry-wide initiative to create an accessible-to-all framework for the Internet of Things - or the “Internet of Everything”, as the Foundation now wants us to call it. Dubbed the AllSeen Alliance - sounds a bit Harry Potter or Terry Pratchett, no? - the organisation will do what no one …
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2013
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Landfill Android devices set to get 4G, courtesy of Qualcomm

Qualcomm's latest chips will bring 4G LTE to mid-range devices, including Windows RT tablets and medium-priced handsets, as the tech goes mainstream. The new chips are part of the Snapdragon line, which puts an entire system, including a few ARM cores and networking stacks, onto a single wafer. LTE has been in the Snapdragon mix …
Bill Ray, 04 Jun 2013

Nokia sidles up to Qualcomm, hands over bulging map package

Nokia Here will be sharing its global floorplan database with Qualcomm, putting indoor maps together with indoor positioning in an assault on the last place one can get lost. Here is Nokia's mapping division. It has accumulated a huge database of airports, museums and venues which it will share with Qualcomm in the new deal. …
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013
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Qualcomm app 'extends battery life' by analysing fandroids' privates

Qualcomm wants the world to know that lousy battery life isn't its fault, and will prove it with a free Android app for optimising consumption by tracking users' behaviour. BatteryGuru is supposed to help Android handsets with Snapdragon processors make better use of Qualcomm's flagship chip. In fact, it just blocks the constant …
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013

Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

If you have been wondering when the chip designers at Qualcomm were going to come up with an eight-core processor, as have competitors Samsung and MediaTek, you can stop wondering. They're not. Why? Because octo-core chips are "dumb." "We don't do dumb things," Qualcomm SVP and marketing headman Anand Chandrasekher said in …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
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Qualcomm throws Sharp a $120m bone for IGZO display tech

US chip designer Qualcomm will take a bite out of Sharp for up to 9.9bn yen ($121m), and plug its mobile display subsidiary Pixtronix into the Japanese telly biz. Qualcomm is interested in Sharp's new indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) screen technology which doesn't draw as much power as regular LCDs and has better resolution, as …
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Pocket strokers will barely feel Qualcomm's new tiny bonk chip

Qualcomm's Atheros subsidiary has come up trumps again: this time in the form of a tiny NFC chip designed to use less power when transferring data over the airwaves. The snappily monikered QCA1990 is about half the size of existing NFC chips, and uses a 40nm fabrication process to significantly reduce the power needed. This …
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2012

Qualcomm aims its latest chips squarely at China

US chip giant Qualcomm has taken the wraps off two new Snapdragon processors optimised for the huge Chinese smartphone market as it looks to expand its worldwide footprint and become a top-two player in the market. The MSM8226 and MSM8626 chipsets will expand the firm’s S4 range and feature the Adreno 305 GP, quad core CPUs, …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2012
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Qualcomm bucks global chip biz slump - report

Phone chip-maker Qualcomm defied the semiconductor industry decline to show double-digit year-on-year growth at a time when almost all of its rivals saw their sales slide, and the market as a whole dipped. Or it will have done if a forecast made today by Gartner, a market watcher, proves correct. Gartner today said it expects …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2012

Qualcomm taps former Intel mobile maven as CMO

Anand Chandrasekher, the man who was responsible for many of Intel's low-power mobile chip initiatives, has joined Qualcomm as its new chief marketing officer. Chandrasekher was a 24-year veteran of Intel, but resigned his position as general manager of the company's Ultra Mobility Group in March 2011, saying he wished "to …
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2012
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Qualcomm's S4 chip set to shrink laptops further

Qualcomm is readying its own quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips for super lightweight laptops, which will go head to head with Intel's next batch of Ultrabooks due later this year. Qualcomm reckons the new S4 chips will go into laptops skinnier than than the MacBook Airs and Ultrabooks currently found on the market, IDG News reports …
Caleb Cox, 02 Apr 2012
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Qualcomm chip puts 60GHz wireless gigabit into Dell Ultrabook

Wireless chip maker Wilocity has confirmed not only that Dell’s Latitude 6430u Ultrabook will incorporate WiGig, the 60GHz gigabit wireless spec, but that the machine uses its tri-band tech courtesy of a chipset from Qualcomm’s Atheros subsidiary. WiGig, which is based on the IEEE 802.11ad specification and tacks on some cable- …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2012
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Qualcomm runs out of chips as punters wolf down SnapDragons

Qualcomm can't make its Snapdragon chips fast enough, forcing some companies to consider alternatives while waiting for supplies of the 28nm powerhouse. Responding to question during a conference call on earnings, archived by Seeking Alpha, Qualcomm reps admitted they'd failed to gear up production fast enough and were now …
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2012
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LG first to flaunt quad-core Qualcomm smartie

LG today officially unveiled the Optimus G, the first 4G smartphone to utilise a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. While LG only recently hit Blighty with its first quad-core Droid dialler – the Optimus 4X HD – its replacement here ditches the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor in favour of Qualcomm's alternative. The …
Caleb Cox, 28 Aug 2012

So a health boss, a GM veep and Qualcomm's big cheese walk into a bar

The GSMA, which represents the world's mobile networks, tries to get people from outside the industry to give speeches at its annual Mobile World Congress shindig - preferably ones unlikely to upset anyone. This had led to an odd mix of folk from inside and outside the mobile world sharing a stage at the conference, held in …
Simon Rockman, 26 Feb 2013
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Samsung, Qualcomm team up to take on Wireless Consortium

Samsung is the promised power behind Qualcomm's relaunch of WiPower, with wireless charging coming for the SIII and the partners forming a new alliance around the technology in the hope of supplanting the nascent Qi standard and its Wireless Consortium backers. The "Alliance for Wireless Power", which likes to be known by the …
Bill Ray, 08 May 2012
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Qualcomm poised to zap wireless charging rival into dust

Qualcomm is on the verge of licensing its wireless charging tech WiPower to a big-name brand, which could be enough to unplug rival standard Qi. Despite general agreement that topping up batteries wire-free desperately needs a single standard, and the fact that companies such as Energiser and Philips are already making Qi- …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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TOQ of the TOWN: A second screen for the second screen. Third screen?

Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch – something of a vanity project for the company’s display division – will go on sale on 2 December direct from the mobile processor giant’s website. On the day, Android smartphone owners will be able to order a Toq for a whopping $350 (£217). Qualcomm Toq Qualcomm began talking Toq back in September …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2013
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Qualcomm confirms Windows 8 on ARM

Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to get Windows 8 working on its ARM-based processors. Qualcomm's Snapdragon range of chips is already powering a huge number of Android smartphones and tablets, but it seems that tablets running Microsoft Windows 8 will also be Snapdragon powered - finally breaking the long-standing …
Bill Ray, 02 Jun 2011
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Qualcomm outs dual-core ARM-based, LTE-capable pad chip

Faster tablets in 2011? You betcha: Qualcomm has said it will release 28nm dual-core Snapdragon ARM CPUs next year. The mobile comms hardware maker last night claimed the chip, formally dubbed the MSM8960, will "deliver approximately five times the performance of the original Snapdragon chip at 75 per cent less power". So, …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2010

Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

The king-size potential of the Middle Kingdom's rising middle class has lured another tech company to tailor its offerings to the Chinese market: Qualcomm has announced a low-cost, 64-bit version of its Snapdragon processor targeted squarely at the PRC. "The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013
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Ding-dong! Who's at the door now with a big wad of cash, BlackBerry?

Mobile-chip specialist Qualcomm has been named as part of a group looking to make a bid for BlackBerry. The Wall Street Journal cited "people familiar with the matter" when reporting that Qualcomm could join forces with private equity firm Cerberus Capital and the pairing of cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin. The report …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2013

Qualcomm showing signs of turning soft with age

There's more to learn from the absences at Qualcomm's annual showcase than from what's actually on the shelves, with colour screens and wireless charging pushed out by social networking and augmented reality. Every year, Qualcomm Europe demonstrates its cutting-edge tech to network operators, media folk, and employees over …
Bill Ray, 19 Sep 2011
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Qualcomm turns a pretty penny on FLO spectrum

AT&T has paid almost $2bn for the frequencies Qualcomm has been using to broadcast its MediaFLO service. Qualcomm paid $683m for the two 6MHz bands, which used to carry analogue TV transmissions and cover 300 million people. For the last few years Qualcomm has been broadcasting TV-to-mobiles under the MediaFLO brand. …
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2010
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Fujitsu says SAYONARA to smartphone chip JV

Fujitsu has decided to end its aspirations to be a smartphone semiconductor player after dissolving a joint venture with NEC and NTT just 18 months after its launch. Access Network Technology Limited was established by Fujitsu in August 2012, with the firm taking a majority 52.8 per cent stake. Its Fujitsu Semiconductor …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
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Qualcomm back in the EU's sights

A UK chip maker has asked the EU to look again at Qualcomm's business practices, despite the chip giant having cleared itself last time by settling with the complainants. The accusations are the same – that Qualcomm gave a discount to customers who became exclusive; buying all their chips from Qualcomm. But while last time Nokia …
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2010
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Qualcomm gobbles Atheros, arms self for coming tablet wars

Wireless telecommunications chip giant Qualcomm is spending $3.1bn to buy partner Atheros Communications, betting big on the future of Wi-Fi wireless communications. Qualcomm is one of the darlings of the dot-com boom that kept right on booming as people all over the world cut their phone lines and moved to wireless phones. The …

Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

Nokia is looking to stop the sale of HTC mobes, including the HTC One, in Blighty after winning a patent case in the High Court. The Finnish firm has gotten off to a good start in its new guise as a patent-peddler now that its devices business has been sold off to Microsoft. The High Court ruled that HTC was infringing on the …
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Qualcomm paints Gobi as WiMAX successor

Chip giant Qualcomm reckons its new Gobi chip will provide the standard connectivity that Intel planned, and failed to deliver, with WiMAX. Not that the new Gobi3000 incorporates any new networking technology, though it does provide HSPA at twice the download rate of its predecessor while still supporting CDMA and earlier …
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2011
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Qualcomm rejects Japanese contract demand

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has told Qualcomm to rewrite its contracts for Japanese customers, but in response the company is asking for that order to be suspended pending a full hearing. The complaint against Qualcomm accuses the company of requiring cross-licensing provisions including clauses to prevent Qualcomm customers …
Bill Ray, 01 Oct 2009
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Qualcomm Mirasol color e-ink set for CES demo

Qualcomm's colour e-ink display, Mirasol, will indeed be demo'd in public early next year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the company's device partners has let slip. E-book reader specialist PocketBook last night put out a statement saying it will show off a device also called Mirasol at the Las Vegas industry …
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2010
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Qualcomm talks up Snapdragon roadmap

Qualcomm will launch more advanced Snapdragon processors will this year to give phones and smartbooks better resolution and number crunching capabilities. Luis Pineda, a senior veep at the chip designer, ran through the Snapdragon roadmap at CES yesterday with the UK website Hexus. He said that a 45nm Snapdragon clocked at 1. …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Wireless charging snakes' wedding of tangled alliances gets WORSE

Not content with founding the A4WP, and joining the board of the WPC, Qualcomm has now spread itself all across the various wireless power alliances by signing up to the PMA too - while Samsung sinks $4m into Qi-producing PowebyProxi, and alternatives look increasingly weak. Qualcomm is now on the board of two competing …
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2013
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Qualcomm halts the FLO of TV

Qualcomm is reportedly pulling the plug on its US MediaFLO service, after discovering that even Americans won't pay to watch broadcast TV on mobile phones. The service will go offline before the end of the year according to PaidContent, and Qualcomm is in discussions with AT&T and Verizon - who run branded versions of the …
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2010