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Qualcomm Announces Cat10 MDM9x45 Modems doing 450 Mbps

Qualcomm has today announced their newest and latest Category 10 LTE-Advanced modem, the 20nm Qualcomm Gobi MDM9x45 capable of speeds up to 450 Mbps/100 Mbps

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Qualcomm and Ericsson Successfully Test Cat9 LTE at 450 Mbps

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Qualcomm and Ericsson have together announced that they have successfully achieved Cat9 LTE speeds and network interoperability with their newest hardware.

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Android, Breaking, Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Nvidia Responds to Samsung's Lawsuit

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Nvidia has responded to Samsung’s lawsuit, which is really a response to Nvidia’s lawsuit where they claim that Qualcomm and Samsung infringe upon patents.

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Qualcomm Misses Analyst Expectations, Weakens Outlook

Qualcomm reported their earnings for fiscal Q4 2014 as well as FY 2014 in the third quarter this year, missing analysts estimates and guiding FY 2015 down.

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Android, Business, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

LG Releases NUCLUN SoC With Cat6 LTE

LG has released their own custom ARM SoC that utilizes the ARM big.LITTLE architecture in an octacore design combined with Cat6 LTE wireless connectivity

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Android, Audio/Video, Business, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

VR Startup Magic Leap Closes $542M Funding Round

Magic Leap

The secretive VR startup Magic Leap just closed a Series A $542 million round of funding that includes Google, Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment and more

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Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Qualcomm's QCA9377 Brings 802.11ac 2.0 to Market

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Qualcomm is bringing MU-MIMO to routers and laptops in order to broaden the company’s 802.11ac leadership and bring more devices into the 802.11ac era.

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Audio/Video, Enterprise, Software Programs, VR World

Khronos OpenVX Computer Vision Standard Finalized

OpenVX

When Khronos had originally announced OpenVX and the associated APIs, there was a lot of excitement about how it could help simplify and unify computer vision within the industry. That announcement was merely the establishment of the working group and the companies that would contribute to the standard’s development and finalization. With today’s announcement, however, OpenVX officially becomes an industry standard that can be commercially deployed within products and developed for immediately. This finalized and ratified OpenVX 1.0 version brings a laundry list of features that help abstract the underlying computer vision interaction with hardware in order to make cross-platform implementations more possible. Keep in

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Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

Qualcomm Announces $1 Million Robotics Accelerator

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) continues to push on the robotics front after announcing its microrover project powered by Snapdragon. Its new initiative is to pump $1.2 million into a robotics acclerator, which will host 10 companies and be located at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, while being run by TechStars which was recently featured in Bright Side of News’* ROAD to ROCKI Blog Series. This is all done through Qualcomm’s own accelerator initiative which is ‘powered’ by TechStars who provides their expertise in running their own accelerator program where they seed companies with $118,000 in seed funding as well as knowledge, advice and expertise. In order to enter into Qualcomm’s robotics

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Analysis, Global Politics, US

China Challenges Taiwan in Tech Hardware

State support is helping Chinese firms catch up fast to their Taiwanese rivals in the China technology market, Matthew Fulco reports

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VR World

Qualcomm to Acquire CSR

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Qualcomm says acquisition will help it solidify its presence in growing markets.

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Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Samsung Announces 60 Ghz 802.11ad WiGig Solution

Samsung WiGig

Samsung is claiming that their new 60 GHz WiGig technology, also known as Wi-Fi’s 802.11ad standard which is highly sensitive to interference.

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VR World

MediaTek Enters The IoT Market With MediaTek Labs

MediaTek (TPE: 2454) is the latest chipset vendor to provide tools to developers venturing into the Internet of Things segment, after the vendor announced that it is launching a MediaTek Labs initiative. The global initiative will see MediaTek provide software as well as hardware development kits to students, developers and any enthusiast users looking to build for the IoT segment. Along with the development kits, MediaTek will offer guidance and support to developers, students and tinkers working on building wearable devices. With MediaTek Labs, hobbyist builders can buy the vendor’s LinkIt development platform for $79, which includes the MT2502 (Aster), a SoC designed for the

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Analysis

Android One: Google Takes Back Control Of Android

Earlier this month, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) introduced the Android One platform in India, with three local vendors launching the first generation of Android One handsets. As Google has done with the Nexus program, the search giant is collaborating with silicon vendors and component vendors to create a unified experience across form factors and manufacturers. While the Nexus and the Google Play edition devices are targeted at the mid-tier and the high-end segments, Android One is solely aimed at the entry-level market. Overview of the Android One initiative With Android One, Google is offering a turnkey hardware solution to manufacturers, which saves them time and resources in

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Nvidia Sues Samsung and Qualcomm For Alleged Patent Infringement

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In a blog, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) stated that it has filed patent infringement complaints with the US District Court in Delaware (where most US companies are incorporated) as well as with the International Trade Comission regarding Samsung (KRX:005935) and Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) infringement of its patents (You can view the complaints here (ITC) and here (Delaware)) . Nvidia is alleging that Samsung’s devices that use Qualcomm’s chips are infringing upon Nvidia’s own technologies that have been patented. Not just that, but by filing a complaint with the ITC, Nvidia is seeking that such devices that infringe upon these patents be banned from importation and sale within the United States. The devices that Nvidia claims infringe upon their

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Analysis

There Is No Sign Of ARM Slowing Down

ARM announced the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. While ARM did not disclose the 27 companies that have signed thus far, it has mentioned that its silicon partners include all of the top ten companies who sell application processors for smartphones, nine of the top ten application processor companies for tablets, four of the top five companies that provide chips for consumer electronics, four of the top five companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers along with eight silicon vendors from Greater China. In short, most of the big names in the

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VR World

ARM signs 50th Licensing Agreement For ARMv8-A Technology

ARM announced today the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. ARM did not disclose the 27 companies that have signed thus far, but has mentioned that they include all of the top ten companies who sell application processors for smartphones, nine of the top ten application processor companies for tablets, four of the top five companies that provide chips for consumer electronics, four of the top five companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers along with eight silicon vendors from Greater China. In short, most of the big names in the chip manufacturing industry

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Qualcomm May Face an EU Antitrust Investigation

Cat9 LTE Qualcomm

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) may be facing an antitrust investigation from authorities in the European Union over allegations that it has abused its dominant market position, according to a report from Reuters. The complaint against Qualcomm in the EU comes as Qualcomm finds itself mired in an investigation from Chinese authorities over patent disputes and so-called abuse of its dominant position. Chinese authorities, likely under orders from Beijing to make the environment hostile to American Qualcomm, are investigating whether Qualcomm holds monopoly power over key mobile technologies by refusing to license them to its Chinese competitors. Qualcomm, for its part, has said that some Chinese firms

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VR World

Timex’s Ironman One GPS+ Contains a Qualcomm Wireless Modem for Standalone Connectivity

Qualcomm is flexing its muscle in the wearable segment by collaborating with Timex in launching the Ironman One GPS+, a smartwatch that provides standalone wireless connectivity without the need to pair with a smartphone. The Ironman One achieves this thanks to a Qualcomm processor that has a built-in modem for wireless connectivity. Data connectivity is provided by AT&T, which is offering one year of free data to all users purchasing the smartwatch in the US and Canada. Qualcomm isn’t just providing the modem, however, as the smartwatch also includes the chipset vendor’s always-on Mirasol display technology. First seen on the Qualcomm Toq, the Mirasol display

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Qualcomm's Bill Davidson Goes to Globalfoundries

GlobalFoundries

One of Qualcomm’s most senior and pivotal employees has been snatched up by the fab company Globalfoundries after spending 12 years with the company. Bill Davidson has been a investor relations and global marketing executive at Qualcomm for the past seven years, last assuming the role of SVP of Qualcomm Investor Relations, SVP of Strategy and Operations for Global Market Devlepment-QTI. QTI is Qualcomm’s biggest business unit, accounting for almost all of the company’s non-licensing revenues and profit. Davidson has been one of the pivotal figures inside Qualcomm over the past 12 years at the company, and his departure surely comes as a surprise to many.

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