Qualcomm’s augmented reality

Jay Wright, director of business development at Qualcomm, show’s off a demo application based on the company’s augmented reality SDK.

Qualcomm confirms Flo TV switch-off and sells spectrum to AT&T

Californian technology firm Qualcomm has announced that it is to wind down its mobile TV service, Flo TV, and sell the spectrum in which the service operated to US carrier AT&T fro $1.925bn. It has been expected for some time that Flo TV would be shut down because of weak sales. However, Qualcomm had suggested that it might reposition its mobile TV broadcast network as a supplemental offering for US operators for the transmission of mobile data. The sale of the spectrum to AT&T indicates that this alternative was not viable for Qualcomm.

Strong support for mhealth initiatives

The mHealth Alliance this week won further investment from new and founding partners including HP, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The three organisations all agreed a $1m grant each, to help improve health care and health systems around the globe using mobile technology.

NSN, Qualcomm boost battery life and ease congestion

Battery life is one of the biggest issues affecting smartphone performance today. But Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have teamed up to improve smartphone battery life and ease network congestion at the same time.

Qualcomm hints strongly at Flo TV switch-off

US vendor Qualcomm has given the strongest indication yet that it is set to call time on its Flo TV mobile TV service. The firm has announced that it is to suspend direct to consumer sales of service and devices immediately, and has committed to maintaining service for existing D2C customers only until spring 2011. The firm said that it would offer refunds to users “in the event of a discontinuance of service”, suggesting that this is the probable outcome, and conceded that it was expecting to have to make “some layoffs”.

Qualcomm bid to block WiMAX in India

At its Uplinq developer event in San Diego on Wednesday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs took some time out to talk about the various projects in which the firm is involved, and how he sees the investments panning out.

MediaFLO dependent on overseas success says FLO TV president

International success is essential to the progress of Qualcomm’s MediaFLO mobile TV unit, said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV, the US service based on the technology. Qualcomm has a number of trials underway outside of the US, including one with UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB and a partnership with Japanese operator KDDI.

Peggy Johnson, senior vice president, Americas and India, Qualcomm

Were it not for the enthusiasm of administrative staff from San Diego State University’s electrical engineering department, says Peggy Johnson, she would never have ended up in the tech space. Mistaken for a departmental student while delivering mail on campus to support herself as a business major, Johnson was collared by two secretaries and duly changed her course on the back of their sales pitch. Now executive vice president of the Americas and India for San Diego-headquartered Qualcomm, Johnson has been with the company for more than 20 years.

Qualcomm invests in wafer thin lens firm

San Diego-based chip manufacturer Qualcomm on Monday announced an investment in Dutch micro optics firm Anteryon. Based in Eindhoven, Anteryon designs and produces micro-optics and refractive-optics, enabling wafer-based production and integration of optics for miniature camera and laser projection modules.

Qualcomm to bid for Indian spectrum

US chip shop Qualcomm has confirmed its intention to bid in India’s upcoming auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

Optus to boost 3G spectrum in Oz

Australian carrier Optus intends to double the amount of available 3G spectrum it owns in the country’s capital cities, by buying licenses from US chip vendor Qualcomm.

Lenovo unveils first ‘smartbook’ device

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prepares to kick off in Las Vegas, electronics manufacturer Lenovo is making a further foray into the mobile space with the first ARM-based ‘smartbook’ device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.

Qualcomm sets out open source unit

US chip shop Qualcomm has caught the open source bug as well, on Monday announcing a separate wholly-owned subsidiary focused on mobile open source platforms.

Broadcom working on netbook device?

US chip shop Broadcom is thought to be following rivals Qualcomm and Intel into the netbook or Mobile Internet Devices (MID) space, after it licensed ARM’s Cortex A9 multicore processor this week.

Dr. Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm

Having taken over from his father Irwin at the family firm, Paul Jacobs now presides over an intellectual property portfolio that comprises well in excess of 10,000 US patents related to wireless technologies, which are licensed by 165 other companies within the industry. Through the firm’s QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies) arm, meanwhile, he oversees the largest wireless chipset production house in the business.

Netbook vendors jump on Google Chrome OS

Google has already won support from a handful of key players in the netbook and mobile computing spaces for its newly announced operating system.

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