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Patent settlement with Apple nets Qualcomm a cool $4.5 billion (or more)

Apple and Qualcomm ended their two-year legal battle abruptly last month with a surprise settlement, but for how much has been the million-dollar question on everyone’s mind. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Q2 earnings published this week, we now have an approximate number: $ 4.5 billion to $ 4.7 billion, not counting future royalties for Apple’s use of their chips.

The dispute started in 2017 when Apple sued Qualcomm over contentions with its patent licensing practices. The chip company’s near  [Read More…]

Samsung is investing $115 billion to take on Qualcomm and Intel

Samsung is earmarking $ 9.5 billion a year for Samsung LSI and Samsung Foundry.

Samsung Electronics is one of the largest semiconductor players around, and the manufacturer is investing $ 115 billion (133 trillion won) over the next 12 years to take on Qualcomm and Intel. Samsung says its goal is to become the world leader in semiconductors and logic chips, and the company will invest $ 9.5 billion a year from now through 2030.

Samsung will  [Read More…]

Qualcomm and Apple have finally settled its ongoing patent dispute

It’s time for Apple to pay up.

For what seems like forever at this point, Apple and Qualcomm have been going back and forth at one another over various royalty disputes.

However, on April 16, 2019, the two companies issued out a press release to announce that they’ve reached a settlement.

Per the release:

Qualcomm and Apple today announced an agreement to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide. The settlement includes a payment from Apple  [Read More…]

U.S. judge says Qualcomm owes Apple nearly $1 billion in rebate payments

Qualcomm ordered to pay nearly $ 1 billion in patent royalty rebates, but a payment may not be forthcoming.

In a preliminary ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that Qualcomm owed Apple nearly $ 1 billion in rebate payments that were part of the business cooperation agreement of the two companies. Today’s ruling is unrelated to the patent fight that both companies are embroiled in, but pertains to the matter of  [Read More…]

Qualcomm will begin certifying Quick Charge wireless charging pads

New program will improve average wireless charging speeds and provide peace of mind that chargers are safe.

Two common refrains with wireless charging are that it’s too slow and extremely inconsistent depending on the combination of phone and charging pad you’re working with. Qualcomm is aiming to fix these problems with the announcement that it is going all-in on Qi wireless charging, and will begin certifying wireless charging pads that adhere to the Quick Charge standard.

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Qualcomm says its Snapdragon X50 will power over 30 5G devices in 2019

The company’s also using CES 2019 to show off its vision for smart vehicle experiences.

2019 is going to be the year of 5G, and Qualcomm wants to make sure it’s at the forefront of it all. As CES 2019 rolls along at full steam, the chip-maker has announced that its Snapdragon X50 platform will be at the heart of more than 30 5G-capable devices this year alone.

Per Qualcomm’s press release:

Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is  [Read More…]

Qualcomm bans the sale of iPhones in another country, this time Germany

How many more countries will follow?

On December 10, Qualcomm announced that it had succeeded in a court case that got certain iPhone models banned from being sold in China. A little over a week later, we’re now seeing the same thing happen in Germany.

Per Qualcomm:

The injunction covers all models of iPhones that contain the infringing functionalities and apply to Apple’s European Union entities as well as Apple Incorporated. The judgment is immediately enforceable once  [Read More…]

This is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx made exclusivesly for Windows 10

The most ‘extreme’ Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm is coming, and it’s only for Windows 10.

Qualcomm is doubling down on Windows 10 and its commitment to the always-connected PC (ACPC). At its Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company announced the forthcoming Snapdragon 8cx, an all-new seven-nanometer (nm) processor that is the first of its kind and built for Windows 10 PCs only.

The new premium-tier processor should launch in the third quarter of 2019, according to Qualcomm.  [Read More…]

Qualcomm debuts new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor technology

We’re already moving on to the next generation of in-display fingerprint sensors.

Alongside the announcement of the new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, Qualcomm is also debuting new in-display fingerprint technology that is already available to manufacturers and will be launched in commercial phones in 2019. Unlike the current crop of in-display fingerprint sensors, like those in the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and countless others that use optical scanners, this new technology uses ultrasonic waves from  [Read More…]

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 675 processor with a focus on gaming

Qualcomm’s 600 series of Snapdragon processors is growing again.

The Snapdragon 675 features Kryo 460 CPU with eight cores: two performance and six efficiency. Qualcomm claims that the Kryo 460 offers a 20 percent overall performance improvement over its predecessor. The company adds that it’s focused on gaming performance with the SD675, taking steps like working with game developers and making optimizations for games and game engines like Unity and Unreal. Also of note is that the GPU in the  [Read More…]