Tag Archive: Qualcomm


Qualcomm is partnering with Tencent over gaming devices and 5G

You can expect future Tencent games to be highly optimized for Snapdragon-powered flagship Android smartphones.

What you need to know Qualcomm and Tencent have announced that they will be working together on both games and a 5G-enabled smartphone. Tencent will optimize its future games for Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite gaming chipsets. Tencent is reportedly working on a cloud-based game streaming service as well.

Qualcomm and Tencent announced on Monday that they will be working  [Read More…]

$1 billion Apple-Intel 5G deal is a win-win, but Qualcomm shouldn’t worry

It takes a lot more than a single acquisition to make 5G modems that compete with the market leaders.

In a deal that should surprise exactly nobody, Apple has announced a $ 1 billion acquisition of a majority of Intel’s modem business. The deal sends the “majority” of Intel’s smartphone modem business, intellectual property and 2,200 related employees to Apple, leaving Intel to focus on the PC, enterprise and network side things.

Intel didn’t want anything to do  [Read More…]

What you need to know about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+

A mid-season refresh is bringing a “built for gaming” upgrade of the Snapdragon 855. Do you need one? Does anyone?

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 855+, calling it a “new force to be reckoned with, unlocking maximum power and performance for mobile gaming.” Those are some awesome buzzwords designed to get people curious about or in the market for “a force to be reckoned with” very interested and it works. I’m interested, and I’m sure I’m not  [Read More…]

Qualcomm is being fined €242 million for ‘predatory pricing’

The fine comes courtesy of the European Commission.

What you need to know The European Commission is issuing a fine against Qualcomm for €242 million. Qualcomm’s being accused of “predatory pricing” for its 3G baseband chips. The EU says Qualcomm’s goal was to push competitors out of the market.

Qualcomm’s found itself in some hot water. On July 17, the European Commission issued a press release announcing that it has fined the chip-maker a whopping €242 million.  [Read More…]

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 855+ processor for game-centric phones

Qualcomm on Monday announced it has introduced a souped-up version of its Snapdragon 855 mobile processor. Dubbed the 855+, it features a more powerful CPU and GPU but relies on the same Kyro 485 CPU and Adreno 640 GPU.

According to Qualcomm, the 855+ is 15% faster at rendering graphics when compared to the current model. What’s more, it houses three times the power of a Snapdragon 845 mobile processor.

Clock speeds in the 855+ can get as high as  [Read More…]

Qualcomm reportedly working on a new 64-bit smartwatch processor

Possible names include the “Wear 429” and “Wear 2700.”

What you need to know Qualcomm’s reportedly developing a new smartwatch chipset. It’s based on a 64-bit architecture and will come with 1GB of RAM. Possible names include Wear 429 and Wear 2700.

Last year, Qualcomm promised a revitalization of Wear OS smartwatches with the release of its Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The chip was supposed to breathe new life into the wearable market, but instead, it ended  [Read More…]

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…]