Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China

As we’ve written a number of times, Qualcomm is embroiled in a number of lawsuits involving Apple. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed. Apple also has asked iPhone and iPad manufacturers not to pay royalties to Qualcomm for failing to offer its standard essential patents in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner.

Late last month, Qualcomm filed a suit in Beijing intellectual property court claiming that Apple infringed on its patents. The chip maker is asking for an injunction that would prevent the company from selling …


Qualcomm is fined $774 million in Taiwan for refusing to properly license its technology

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has fined Qualcomm $774 million for abusing the monopoly it happens to have in the handset market where its chips are widely used in the manufacture of smartphones. With a commanding share of the market in CDMA, WCDMA (3G) and LTE chipsets, the Fair Trade Commission accused the chip maker of holding back on licensing its technology. The Taiwan FTC also is ordering Qualcomm to submit a report twice a year on its negotiations with other firms.

Qualcomm is the middle of similar lawsuits involving Apple and the U.S. FTC. Apple claims that Qualcomm refused to …

Judge rules against Qualcomm twice in its patent battles against Apple

Judge Gonzolo P. Curiel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, today rejected Qualcomm’s request for a preliminary injunction. Qualcomm was hoping that the court would force manufacturers of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to pay the chip maker royalties for the use of certain Qualcomm patents. These standard essential patents are supposed to be licensed using fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND). Contract manufacturers like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. have stopped paying Qualcomm royalties …

Qualcomm: Innovation to come from cars, not phones

According to Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, if it is innovation that you seek, you’ll find it not with your new handset but with your latest ride. The executive says that the most exciting tech innovations over the next ten years will be found in the automotive sector. The comments were made late last week at the Frankfurt Auto Show. This is an important trend for Qualcomm to spot and take advantage of as the smartphone market cools off.

While most of today’s smartphones rely on Qualcomm for one component or another, its current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC powers devices like the …

Federal judge sides with iPhone manufacturers and against Qualcomm by refusing to toss countersuit

A federal judge today refused to toss out a lawsuit filed by manufacturers that build devices for Apple, against chip maker Qualcomm. The latter had sought a dismissal of the suit which would have resulted in Qualcomm receiving royalty payments from the manufacturers. With the judge’s decision, the manufacturers are now allowed to continue withholding these payments to Qualcomm.

The lawsuit involves patents owned by Qualcomm that are considered essential to the production of smartphones. Because these patents are so important, licensing is supposed to be done in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory …

Qualcomm reportedly delays Snapdragon 836 chipset until early 2018


New rumors concerning Qualcomm’s upcoming lineup of SoCs continue to surface. Shortly after a report claiming the US chipset maker has no plans to launch a Snapdragon 836 processor this year made headlines, new information about Qualcomm’s portfolio leaked out.
Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor was supposed to power the forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are expected to hit the shelves later this fall, it turns out the Google’s flagships will have to do with the current Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip).
According to Evan Blass, Qualcomm did promise Google that a Snapdragon …

No, there's not going to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset

Remember all those rumors that claimed Qualcomm will launch a slightly improved iteration of the Snapdragon 835 SoC in Q4 2017? Well, according to a new report, they were inaccurate as the chipset vendor has no plans to release another high-end processor this year.

The rumored Snapdragon 836 CPU was supposed to power the forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagships, but they are likely to be equipped with the currently available Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset instead.

AndroidPolice claims a source familiar with Qualcomm’s plans confirmed that there’s not …

Qualcomm unveils its first depth-sensing camera technology for Android devices

Chipset maker Qualcomm has just introduced its new camera technology, which will soon make its way to Android devices. The new depth-sensing camera technology comes as an expansion to Qualcomm’s Spectra Module Program, but the US-based company hopes to implement it on its Snapdragon Mobile chipsets.

The new IPSs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency. Moreover, the camera module program will include a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing …

Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants take Apple’s side in its months-long legal dispute with Qualcomm

Apple and Qualcomm have been stuck in a legal deadlock since the start of the year, without any indications of a looming resolution, whatsoever. A few days ago, Qualcomm’s CEO made a comment that he would expect an out-of-court settlement, which kind of made us think that the two sides might soon talk out an agreement, but we haven’t seen anything further to those comments. If anything, Reuters has reported today that representatives of other tech companies are jumping in on the ‘fun’ by siding with Apple in its dispute with the chipmaker.

A lobbying group, called the Computer & Communications …

Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf now sees a 2019 launch for 5G service in the U.S.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf says that mobile internet speeds will hit incredible new records in 2019 as 5G service becomes real in that year. While the executive said that most in the industry pick 2020 as the the launch year for the next generation of mobile wireless service, “people are pulling us faster.” According to Mollenkopf, that means “You’ll see 5G in 2019 for sure.”

Some of the demand for 5G is being driven by mobile device users seeking an improved video experience. 5G service is expected to deliver data speeds as much as 100 times the current rate. With 5G, video files that …