Qualcomm introduces new processor for targeted-purpose wearables, from TW

TaiwanEnterprise Innovation — Qualcomm unveiled at COMPUTEX 2016, Taiwan’s annual ICT trade show, a new Snapdragon processor for the targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments. Qualcomm said it is smaller, has longer battery life, smarter sensing, and an always connected experience.


Qualcomm signs 3G/4G patent license agreement with Yulong

ChinaDigi Times — Qualcomm has announced that it has signed a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement with Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coolpad group. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Yulong a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 (including EV-DO) and 4G LTE (including 3-mode GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) terminals for use in China.


Qualcomm names 10 finalists in Phase I of ‘Design In India’ drive

IndiaEconomic Times — KOLKATA: US chipmaker Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announced the 10 finalists of the first edition of the Qualcomm ‘Design in India’ Challenge, that was launched in December 2015. Qualcomm Inc in association with National Association of Software & Services Companies (Nasscom), has launched the the Qualcomm ‘Design in India Challenge’.


Wireless Patent Deal Adds To Qualcomm’s China Exposure

ChinaChina Tech News — Qualcomm reached a new patent license agreement with Lenovo Group. So far, China’s five leading smartphone manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Huawei, TCL, ZTE, and Lenovo, have signed new patent license agreements with Qualcomm. Neither Qualcomm nor Lenovo released any financial details about the agreement.

Wireless Patent Deal Adds To Qualcomm’s China Exposure

Qualcomm fined for hiring relatives of Chinese officials

China.gifTimes of India — Qualcomm has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges it violated US anti-bribery laws by hiring relatives of Chinese officials to obtain business, the US Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday. The Chinese officials related to Qualcomm’s new hires were deciding whether to select the company’s mobile technology products amid growing competition in the global telecommunications market, the SEC said.


Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to lead AP market in 2016, Intel to show strongest growth, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global application processor (AP) market will grow 8.5% in 2016, reaching 1.78 billion units, according to a recent Digitimes Research Special Report. The growth rate in 2016 will surpass the annual growth of 7.9% seen in 2015. Intel is expected to show the strongest growth among vendors with 25% growth in 2016, as it launches new low-cost 4G solutions.


China is the new battleground for Intel server dominance

China.gifMIS Asia — Intel has to keep a close watch on China, where an architectural battle could break its dominance in servers. Intel chips based on its x86 architecture are used in most servers worldwide. But the Chinese market is growing, and could kick-start emerging server architectures like ARM and IBM-backed OpenPower.


Qualcomm teams up with Chinese province for server chips

ChinaDigi Times — In a recent ceremony at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Qualcomm and officials from the People’s Government of Guizhou Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement and unveiled a joint venture – the Guizhou Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology. The JV, with initial registered capital of CNY1.85 billion (US$280 million), will be 55% owned by the Guizhou provincial government’s investment arm and 45% owned by a subsidiary of Qualcomm.


Qualcomm signs more patent license deals in China

ChinaDigi Times — Qualcomm has disclosed two license deals it has reached with China-based Haier and Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment, which will pay the chip firm royalties for using its 3G and 4G wireless technologies to make smartphones and other mobile devices.


Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to enter server market with 24-core CPUs, from TW

ChinaDigi Times — Qualcomm, which announced plans to begin developing ARM-based chips for servers in November 2014, has started delivering server-use CPU samples to potential clients and has also set up a company in Guizhou, China to promote the CPUs exclusively. These moves signify Qualcomm’s determination to foray into the server processor market, according to Digitimes Research.


Qualcomm Launches Design in India Initiative

IndonesiaNDTV — Qualcomm on Tuesday launched the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, aimed at encouraging the creation of a local product design ecosystem, a company statement said. The challenge, launched in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), aims to catalyse the creation of a product and hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Thing (IoT) products for healthcare, education, banking, agriculture, automotive, wearables and smart cities.


Competition among SoC suppliers to heat up, from TW

TaiwanDigi 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.


Qualcomm and KT to build LTE-based IoT security solution

KoreaZDNet — 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.


KT, Qualcomm develop IoT security device for ATM

KoreaKorea 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.


China woes may hurt Qualcomm in next quarter

China.gifTimes 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.


Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 14.6% on quarter in 4Q15

ChinaDigi 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.


Qualcomm India fund’s first pick: a startup aiming to use big data to stop epidemics

IndiaTech 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.


Qualcomm makes first investment from India fund

IndiaTimes 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.


What can China learn from Qualcomm’s move into server chips?

ChinaWant 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.


Qualcomm to Invest $150 Million in Indian Startup Companies

IndiaIUSB 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.


Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

TaiwanThe 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.


Indian PM scores in Silicon Valley: Qualcomm announces $150M fund for startups in India

IndiaTech 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.


SMIC, China National Fund and Qualcomm sign letter of intent to invest in SJsemi

China.gifDigi 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).


TSMC growing its 16nm client base

TaiwanDigi 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.


Price war brings lower profits, consolidation to mobile chip makers

APACLeading 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.


Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 23.5% in 2H15

ChinaDigi 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.


Smartphone AP revenues jump 20% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi 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.


Chinese market trouble poses risk to Apple, Qualcomm

ChinaTimes 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.


Bharti takes stake in satellite firm OneWeb for $500 million

IndiaTimes 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.


SMIC to form R&D joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec

ChinaDigi 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.