chipsets

Samsung looks to cut out chipmakers with CSR acquisition

Handset giant Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR’s handset technology development business in a deal worth $310m. The acquisition is part of Samsung’s “complete platform strategy”, according to analysts, as the Korean vendor looks to cut its dependency on external silicon suppliers.

Intel pays Nvidia $1.5bn to settle patent dispute

Silicon players Intel and Nvidia have agreed to end all outstanding legal disputes in a deal that will see Intel pay graphics specialist Nvidia $1.5bn as part of a six-year cross-licensing agreement. Intel will make the payments in five annual instalments, beginning January 18th. Intel gets a licence to Nvidia patents, while Nvidia gets limited access to Intel’s portfolio, wtih x86 not covered by the deal. Intel’s flash memory products are also excluded from the agreement.

Intel re-enters smartphone market with Atom chip

US chip vendor Intel has confirmed its designs on the burgeoning smartphone space with the unveiling of its latest Atom processor – the Z6xx – formerly known as ‘Moorestown’.

Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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