Qualcomm working to optimize Snapdragon 845 chipset for mixed reality use

Qualcomm’s next top-of-the-line chipset, the Snapdragon 845, will power more than just the next series of high-end handsets. The chip has capabilities built-in to allow it to run mixed reality devices. The Adreno 630 GPU will support wall-collision detection, important if the world you are looking at is not really the world you’re standing in. In addition to consuming 30% less power than the Snapdragon 835 chipset, the new component employs Qualcomm’s third-generation AI platform that can offer scene and object recognition while on the move.

Just the other day, Qualcomm announced that it …


Google, Microsoft concerned that a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm will benefit Apple

Google and Microsoft are among some of the major tech outfits that have complained to Qualcomm about the ramifications of a Broadcom acquisition of the chipmaker. Currently, Broadcom has a $70 a share deal on the table ($105 billion) for Qualcomm consisting of $60 in cash and $10 in Broadcom shares. While there are sources suggesting that Qualcomm would be a willing seller at $80 a share and up, Broadcom is looking to install its own candidates on Qualcomm’s board, hoping that a proxy battle can help it win the company at the current bid price.

Google and Microsoft are concerned about the …

Qualcomm wants to redefine Hi-Fi for smartphones with its new USB Type-C DAC

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset is official now, but it was not the only noteworthy news that came straight from the company’s Hawaiian Tech summit this week. 
It would seem that Qualcomm is taking Hi-Fi audio pretty seriously in line with the recent early retirement of the 3.5mm audio jack from most phones as it announced that it will be making a brand new Hi-Fi DAC available for device manufacturers to bake into their devices. 
The Aqstic AQT1000 Hi-Fi digital to analog converter is a USB Type-C plug’n’play …

Qualcomm needs a friend, finds one in BlackBerry

With everything that has been happening to Qualcomm lately, the various lawsuits, Broadcom’s merger attempt, and the potential loss of Apple’s business, the chipmaker surely can use a friend. And based on a report released by Reuters today, it seems that it has found one in BlackBerry. Mind you, the latter had been something of an outcast until it worked out a licensing deal with multiple companies. Now, led by the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry is gaining some traction in the handset business.

This morning, Qualcomm and BlackBerry announced that they are teaming …

Qualcomm confirms it will support Google's Android Oreo (Go edition)

The Snapdragon 845 wasn’t the only important thing Qualcomm announced these days at its Tech Summit. The US-based company confirmed it will support Google’s newly unveiled Android Oreo (Go edition).

Android Oreo (Go edition) is a water down version of the standard Android Oreo operating system, specifically optimized for smartphones supporting 1GB or less of RAM. Well, Qualcomm has just announced that it’s working with Google “to enable the next wave of value priced smartphones.”

According to Qualcomm, mid and low-end Snapdragon chipsets will be Android Go-ready …

Qualcomm details its Snapdragon 845 chip: 30% more efficient, fastest modem, 4K HDR video capture

As promised, the second day of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit seems to be completely dedicated to the newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s a lot of technical info about Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset to date, so we’ll try to simplify it for you.

First off, the Snapdragon 845 is 30% more efficient than the previous top-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 835. Also, thanks to the new graphics processing unit (GPU), the Adreno 630, the chipset offers 30% improved graphics, video rendering, and power reduction compared to the previous generation.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon …

Qualcomm says that it is ready to move on without Apple

Back in October, we told you that thanks to the various lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple is in the process of designing the 2018 iPhone models without using Qualcomm’s modem chips. Currently, the CDMA versions of the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem chip. The GSM models of the same phones use the Intel XMM 7480. There is speculation that Apple will turn to MediaTek to replace Qualcomm.

Now, with Qualcomm the target of an acquisition attempt by fellow chipmaker Broadcom, the question is whether Qualcomm is ready to move …

Qualcomm tinkered Bluetooth 5.0 to allow music streaming to two devices simultaneously

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset can do a lot of things that weren’t possible until now or required extra accessories. For example, if you want to pair two speakers to an Android device to stream music at the same time, you’ll need an accessory like a hub.

Well, it looks like Qualcomm has found a way to tweak Bluetooth 5.0 support on its Snapdragon 845 chip so that users can stream music to two devices (smartphones, speakers) at the same time without an extra accessory in-between.

According to Peter Carson, Qualcomm’s director of product marketing, the …

Palm Pre vs iPhone X: Qualcomm wants iPhones banned for misusing Palm OS interface patents

In a tit-for-tat move, Qualcomm responded to Apple’s patent counterclaim last week by adding Palm into the mix. So far, it has accused Apple of infringing on connectivity, power efficiency, and 3D imagery patents on the iPhone 7 to iPhone X models, but it just piled on a few interface ones for a good measure.

What’s Palm got to do with it, you ask? Its webOS now largely lives in smart TVs, as LG bought the rights to use it a while ago, albeit not the patents, and as a result its TV interface is one of the most user-friendly among big TV makers (we …

Apple counterclaims that Qualcomm infringed on its own patents, here's what's at stake

Apple has apparently looked and found a patent arrow in its legal portfolio quiver that it can counteract Qualcomm’s patent claims with. It just accused the mobile chip-makers from Texas of infringing no less than eight of its patents related to power efficiency measures. These have all reportedly been used since chipsets of yesteryear like the Snapdragon 800 and 820, and reportedly improve battery life on devices equipped with them. 

Apple “began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case,” counterclaims the …