KT has teamed up with Qualcomm of the United States to jointly develop devices and equipment for creating secure gateways to the Internet of Things (IoT). “Under the agreement, Qualcomm will develop customized LTE (long-term evolution) chipsets, and KT will develop equipment and other IoT security integrated systems,” announced KT Thursday. Spokesman Kim Young-wan said that they aim to commercialize IoT security services based on LTE technology by the end of the first half of this year.
Qualcomm has changed the estimated amount of Snapdragon 810 sales following the loss of a “large customer” – most likely Samsung – after reported trouble meshing with the Galaxy S6. Reports started circulating around a week ago that Samsung would drop the Snapdragon 810, following Qualcomm’s decision not to make a custom version for the Galaxy S6.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is to face a slew of tough questions to be asked by institutional investors at its upcoming investors conference to be held on January 15. TSMC is expected to clarify the latest market speculations indicating that Qualcomm reportedly has put a halt on trial production of its next generation chips built using a 16nm FinFET process at TSMC as reported by the Chinese-language Liberty Times on January 14.
According to Techweb, China’s year-long antitrust probe of American mobile chip maker Qualcomm has finally come to an end. Sources close to government regulators involved in the investigation have told the Chinese press that the investigation has already concluded, and China’s regulators have come to an agreement with Qualcomm about the results. All that remains is to announce those results, which the sources say will happen at a ‘suitable’ time chosen by the Chinese government.
LG’s smartphones make quite an impression and the company is set to continue its line-up as we step into the New Year. With the upcoming CES 2015 event in January, smartphone makers are trying to set their benchmarks for the year and LG will do the same with a refreshed smartphone line-up. We haven’t heard anything directly from the South Korean tech giant, but popular chip maker Qualcomm has teased an image of what appears to be an LG G Flex sequel.
BEIJING: The Chinese government said that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of US mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s anti-monopoly regulator which launched a probe of the San Diego-based company 13 months ago, said the case would be settled lawfully, according to an online statement. The notice cited Xu Kunlin, director general of NDRC’s anti-monopoly bureau.
Chinese authorities have asked Qualcomm to collect lower patent fees from smartphone manufacturers that deploy its technology, following an antitrust investigation that began a year ago. China’s National Development and Reform Commission may also want the U.S. vendor to unbundle its licensing agreements, reported Bloomberg citing various sources. Should Qualcomm reach an agreement, it would put an end to the year-long anti-competition probe but impact a significant revenue source.
Qualcomm will contract both Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its 1Xnm chips, whereas MediaTek is also likely to have more than one foundry build its high-end solutions in 2015, according to industry watchers. Judging from tight wafer production capacity and persistent high foundry costs in 2014, Qualcomm, MediaTek and other IC vendors will be eager to look for multiple foundry partners in 2015 as their shipments and performance are likely to be affected by TSMC’s supply capacity due to its dominance in the foundry industry, said the sources.
Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources. Globalfoundries has successfully obtained 14nm chip orders from AMD, previously the parent company of the foundry, said the sources. AMD also has 20nm and 28nm chips made at Globalfoundries.
American semiconductor company Qualcomm recently confirmed that they will sell their Mirasol panel plant in Longtan, Taiwan, to Taiwanese local foundry TSMC. Mirasol panel manufacturing was a business under Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, and it was once considered a breakthrough LCD panel product. However, the related business expansion was not smooth. Early in 2012, the Mirasol panel plant reportedly halted production.
Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging technology and related business opportunities for chipset vendors.
Qualcomm wants to enter the server market, but it won’t do it alone, and will tap expertise in China to build the low-power chips. “We’re going to work with Chinese companies to bring that technology and in fact co-develop that technology with Chinese companies,” said Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs on Thursday. Jacobs made the comment while speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Qualcomm is best known as a maker of smartphone processors based on chip architecture from ARM Holdings, but the company wants to take a crack at the server market, which rival Intel has long dominated.
In addition to CPUs from Intel, Asustek Computer is said to be planning to develop second-generation ZenFone smartphones using Qualcomm’s solutions for 2015, according to sources from smartphone component makers, which added that Asustek is possibility looking to push Intel to cut prices on its third-generation platform. Asustek declined to comment about the news, while Intel pointed out that it will continue to provide subsidies to partners to help them cut costs.
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. The 28nm 4G LTE chips are to be used for the production of iPhone 6 devices, indicating that UMC is expected to continue to receive more follow-up orders from Qualcomm later, said the sources.
NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family. The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.
In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.
Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sources. MediaTek, Marvell Technology and Broadcom have cut prices of their 4G 32-bit quad-core solutions to US$8-9 after Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 210, priced at US$9, said the sources.
Qualcomm is being urged by a top Chinese regulator to make money in the country in tandem with its local partners. On Wednesday, Lu Wei, the head of China’s State Internet Information Office, weighed in on the country’s anti-monopoly investigation into Qualcomm. He was speaking at a panel during a World Economic Forum event in Tianjin, China, where Qualcomm’s executive chairman Paul Jacobs was also among the speakers.
Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100 in the first half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
HONG KONG: Qualcomm’s latest 210 Snapdragon processor will power sub-$100 4G-enabled smartphones by the middle of next year as the US chipmaker gets into a segment that is expected to see strong growth. Larry Paulson, vice president, product management, told ET that his company was working with several Indian handset manufacturers to develop reference designs to bring out the entry-level 4G devices next year.