Digi Times — Competition among smartphone-use SoC providers is expected to heat up in 2016 as companies are gearing up for their new 8- or 10-core solution rollouts. MediaTek will roll out a new series of 64-bit 10-core processors built using 16nm FinFET process technology in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Codenamed Helio X30, the upcoming 10-core solution will be targeted at the high end of the smartphone market, said the sources.
ZDNet — Global chipmaker Qualcomm and South Korean telco KT announced on Friday a joint business project to develop a “LTE based Internet of Things (IoT) security gateway solution” for new ATMs. Their IoT gateway solution will combine KT’s expertise in IoT security with the design know-how underpinning Qualcomm’s LTE microchips.
Korea Times — KT has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a telecommunications device that offers more secure banking within the Internet of Things (IoT). The company said the wireless IoT Gateway reduces maintenance costs of automated teller machines (ATM) by half compared with the traditional wired network system.
Times of India — Qualcomm forecast first-quarter profit way below analysts’ expectations as the chipmaker struggles against fierce competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals, and faces delays in closing new licensing agreements in China. The company’s shares fell nearly 6% in extended trading on Wednesday.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to grow 14.6% sequentially to 161 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 as handset vendors are building up inventories to meet year-end seasonal demand in the US and Europe, according to Digitimes Research.
Tech in Asia — One of the highlights of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley last month was a meeting with executive chairman of chipmaker Qualcomm Dr. Paul Jacobs. This was part of a series of meetings with tech honchos to evangelize Indian startups and the government’s Digital India initiative.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Qualcomm Ventures, part of the $27 billion wireless tech major Qualcomm, has led a $10 million round of funding in Chennai-based hospital information management (HIMS) company Attune Technologies. Norwest Venture Partners is its other investor. This is Qualcomm’s first investment from its $150 million India-focused startup fund that it launched recently.
Want China Times— US chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies recently announced early specs for a new ARM-based data center system on a chip (SoC), expanding beyond mobile chips into the lucrative server processor sector dominated by Intel. Chinese enterprises should take cues from Qualcomm’s recent move, web portal Sina.com writes.
IUSB Preface —Nadella said: “We believe that low-priced broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes”. Google is also taking a similar step by providing free Wi-Fi at about 500 railway stations in India.
The Register — Despite what Qualcomm claims, its main foe, MediaTek, claims that the core wars are not over. Qualcomm has argued – like a politician saying that “left and right is old thinking” – that it isn’t about how many cores you had, but what you did with them. Qualcomm recently announced impressive performance figures for its new Snapdragon 820 chip, which has four cores, and it doesn’t use the standard ARM architecture in the 820 – and will claim that for the spin it’s applied and the process it’s using, four cores is plenty.
Tech In Asia — India’s mobile internet boom has brought in a new fund for startups. Giant chipmaker Qualcomm today announced an India-specific US$150 million venture capital fund for startups in the mobile and internet-of-everything (IoE) ecosystem. This fund will be established through its venture arm, Qualcomm Ventures.
Digi Times — Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) announced on September 16 that the company has signed a letter of intent with China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) and a subsidiary of Qualcomm to invest a total of US$280 million in SJ Semiconductor (SJsemi), a joint venture between SMIC and Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET).
Digi Times — Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources. While securing a portion of Apple’s A9 chip orders, TSMC with its 16nm FinFET node has also obtained orders from AMD, Avago, Broadcom, HiSilicon Technologies, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Nvidia and Xilinx. The foundry is looking to aggressively ramp up its market share in the FinFET segment, the sources indicated.
Leading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphone application processors in the China market are expected to grow 9.7% and 16% on quarter, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Overall, China’s smartphone-use AP shipments will increase 23.5% on year to 300 million units in the second half of 2015, Digitimes Research estimated.
Digi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm that derive a big portion of their sales from the world’s second-largest economy. Consumer electronics giant Apple could also be vulnerable – 17% of the company’s overall revenue last fiscal year came from China, and in the most recent quarter it sold more iPhones in the country than in the United States for the first time.
Times of India — LONDON: In a bid to provide affordable internet access to all, Bharti has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb, which plans to offer communication services using satellites by 2019. OneWeb has received $500 million for the project from its investors and plans to launch services by 2019. OneWeb, founded in 2012, is building a communication network with an initial constellation of 648 low earth orbit satellites. Investors in the company include Qualcomm Inc, Virgin Group, Airbus Group and Coca-Cola Company.
Digi Times — Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China’s top foundry chipmaker, has announced plans to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm, and nano-electronics research institute Imec. The JV company, dubbed SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development (Shanghai), will focus on R&D to build advanced CMOS technologies and establish China’s home-grown 14nm and beyond process technologies.
ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, is pleased to support China Mobile in the deployment of 3-Carrier Aggregation 4G LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) service based on CAT 9 devices. With the new China Mobile 3-CA service in Guangzhou, users with CAT 9 devices powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with X10 LTE may enjoy downlink data rates of over 300Mbps, more than triple the speeds of existing TD-LTE networks.