Lenovo, Xiaomi, other smartphone makers to buy $2 billion worth of Qualcomm components

After being hit with a $1.2 billion fine for paying Apple to keep its LTE modems exclusive, Qualcomm announces a $2 billion deal with Chinese smartphone makers.

Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have signed a deal with Qualcomm to buy $2 billion worth of components over the next three years. According to the US company, this is a non-binding agreement, which means either party can break off negotiations at any time.

The official statement doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s mobile processors, but RFFE components that are designed to enable OEMs to build more complex mobile devices at larger scales. …


Asus ZenFone 5 Lite appears online, it could have Qualcomm chipset and 6-inch display

The next ZenFone series seems to be closer than we have expected. After delaying the ZenFone 4 smartphones for several months last year, Asus plans to shorten the time span between new releases.

According to Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen, we should expect the first ZenFone 5 smartphones to be unveiled as early as March. However, it’s unclear whether they will be announced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) or during a dedicated event later on.

Either way, it looks like the Asus ZenFone 5 series is almost ready for prime time since the first device has just been certified …

WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …

Qualcomm bests the AirPods' battery life with a new chip for Bluetooth headphones

Qualcomm just announced the QCC5100 – a chipset aimed squarely at true wireless earphones, like Apple’s AirPods. In fact, Qualcomm has nonchalantly mentioned during its presentation that the Bluetooth 5.0 system-on-a-chip will deliver “25% better battery life than the most popular true wireless headset on the market today.” Since that title goes to the AirPods, this is a stone thrown in Apple’s garden by a chip giant which is currently in a patent feud with the team from Cupertino.
In the press release, however, the new silicon is actually claimed to offer “up …

Qualcomm had the highest share of the smartphone SoC market during Q3 2017, followed by Apple

Just the other day, we mentioned how rough 2017 has been for chip designer Qualcomm. Thanks to a number of lawsuits filed by Apple against Qualcomm and vice versa, there is a good chance that Qualcomm will not be supplying CDMA iPhone units with a modem chip next year. That could be a role that MediaTek will play in 2018, with Intel supplying Apple with the component for GSM models.

As the year started to come to an end, Qualcomm received an unsolicited takeover bid from Broadcom. The latter is prepping a proxy battle and is seeking to replace Qualcomm’s board. Even with all of these negatives …

Verizon and Qualcomm test massive MIMO which increases network speed and capacity

A technology called massive MIMO is being tested by Verizon and Qualcomm. MIMO, which we have discussed in the past, stands for multiple input, multiple output and it’s all about increasing the connectivity between a transmitter and receiver. The result is faster data speeds and the ability to handle more traffic, clearing up congestion. While usually MIMO deals with setups like 2 x 2 (two lines at the transmitting end and two lines at the receiving end) or 3 x 3, massive MIMO is just as the name suggests. A recent test by Sprint tested 128 antennas (64 transmitters and 64 receivers) all working …

Qualcomm wants TSMC to produce Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, not Samsung?

For the last few years, Samsung has been the company churning out high-end chipsets designed by Qualcomm. This would include the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821 and the Snapdragon 835 chipsets. And while there has been some talk about another chip manufacturer taking over for Samsung to produce the Snapdragon 845, it appears as though Sammy won’t be replaced until the Snapdragon 855 is rolling off of an assembly line.

It’s not as though TSMC  hadn’t produced Qualcomm designed chipsets before. The Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 chipsets were both made by TSMC off of Qualcomm designs. …

Apple fails to produce documents in FTC lawsuit vs. Qualcomm, gets fined $25K per day

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins has ordered Apple to pay the court $25,000 each day that it fails to turn over certain documents related to the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm. The court started adding up the fines on December 16th. The $25,000 is the amount of profit Apple made every 16 seconds during its last fiscal year. The company must turn over the documents by December 29th, or else it will be forced to pay a higher penalty amount for each day it doesn’t turn over the documents.

Apple is not a party to the suit in which the FTC accuses the chip designer of allowing Apple to pay …

Benchmark confirms Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU for Sony's upcoming flagship

Sony is readying its new Xperia smartphones and a flagship can’t miss from the lineup. We know little about Sony’s upcoming Xperia flagship smartphone other than its codename, Sony H8266, and a few unconfirmed specs.

Aside from the flagship, Sony plans to unveil at least three other Xperia smartphones next year, which we only know by their codenames: H8216, H8276, and H8296.

Luckily, we now have confirmation that Sony’s flagship, the H8266, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The smartphone has been recently spotted at Geekbench and the …

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 …