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 …

Qualcomm investors say Broadcom will need to hike its bid to at least $80 to snag the company

It was exactly one week ago today that Qualcomm announced that it was rejecting Broadcom’s unsolicited $70 a share offer for the company that designs the Snapdragon line of mobile chipsets. The deal was to be a combination of cash and stock with each Qualcomm share to be exchanged for $60 in cash and $10 in Broadcom equity. The total value of the transaction would be approximately $105 billion, which would make it the most valuable acquisition in tech history.

Broadcom was willing to pay the big bucks despite the strong possibility that Qualcomm’s modem chip will be designed out of the 2018 …

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile report successful test of first 5G New Radio system

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile announced early Friday morning that it had a successful test of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio system. The system allows data to run at multi–gigabit per second speeds (> 1 Gbps) with latency of under 4ms. That compares to the 20ms latency that is the standard for current LTE networks. The system is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. That group is made up of telecommunications companies that set the standards for 3G, 4G and now 5G networks and equipment.

Because 3GPP standards will be the ones used by the industry …