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.

Sun warms up Java on Snapdragon

US software firm Sun Microsystems has been making its presence felt in the mobile space of late, most recently announcing the porting of its Java platform to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM-based processor.

Qualcomm, Broadcom end chip shop spat

US chip giants Qualcomm and Broadcom have finally buried the hatchet over their long standing patent dispute, granting each other rights to their respective patent portfolios.

Nokia and Qualcomm join up on handsets

Nokia and Qualcomm announced today that they are to collaborate on the development of WCDMA handsets, initially for the US market.  It is a pairing that would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the two firms were locked in a legal battle that had lasted several years, and spanned several continents. That wrangle, over […]

Qualcomm backs Femtocells

US vendor Qualcomm has added 3G femtocell chipsets to its product roadmap, with European president Andrew Gilbert warning that existing network structures are reaching their spectral limits. “Capacity is critical to the success of mobile broadband,” he said. “LTE gets close to the limits of spectral efficiency; we need more base stations in the market.” […]

Chip giants take a beating

US chip shop Qualcomm said Wednesday that net income for the three months to the end of December fell 56 per cent year on year and 61 per cent sequentially to $341m as mobile phone shipments plummeted. The company reported quarterly revenues of $2.52bn, up 3 per cent year on year and down 25 per […]

AMD offloads mobile tech to Qualcomm

US chip shop Qualcomm said Tuesday that it has acquired certain graphics and multimedia assets from AMD’s handheld business. The Big Q paid $65m in cash for the business, and will transfer the division’s staff over as part of the deal. AMD said it offloaded the unit to better concentrate on its core business of […]

Qualcomm backs Android platform

US chip shop Qualcomm is throwing its weight behind Google’s Android platform, demonstrating the OS running on its Snapdragon chipset. The demonstration runs at WVGA resolution, supporting larger displays for mobile devices. As we reported at the end of 2008, web giant Google’s foray into the mobile space is picking up significant steam and it […]

$1bn GPS lawsuit seeks out Qualcomm

Keeping Qualcomm’s Intellectual Property lawyers busy this week, a US homeland security company serving the transportation industry has filed a $1bn lawsuit against the chip giant. Gabriel Technologies claims that the Big Q, and its GPS chip subsidiary, SnapTrack, “wrongly appropriated valuable intellectual property,” that was developed as part of a joint development agreement between […]

Qualcomm chip ban lifted, but not for Qualcomm

US chip shop Qualcomm won a victory in its ongoing battle against rival Broadcom on Wednesday, after the appeals court lifted a ban on Qualcomm chips. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the International Trade Commission (ITC) lacks the authority to ban products made by downstream users of Qualcomm’s chips […]

Nokia and Qualcomm bury the hatchet

Nokia and Qualcomm have settled a long running dispute that has seen the two firms trade frequent legal actions over intellectual property over the past few years. The two firms announced a new agreement on Wednesday that settles all outstanding litigation between the two companies, and sees Nokia withdraw a complaint it had made to […]

Flash to spice up Brew platform

US vendor Qualcomm has teamed up with software developer Adobe to incorporate Flash web media technology into its Brew content delivery platform. The latest version of the Brew Mobile platform will allow developers to create rich applications and web content in Adobe Flash for the Brew environment on mass market devices. New enhancements in platform […]

Qualcomm buys into femto shop

US chip vendor Qualcomm said Wednesday that it has made a strategic investment in femto and picocell manufacturer, ip.access. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. The Big Q joins existing investors Cisco, Intel Capital, ADC, Motorola Ventures, Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion and Amadeus Capital Partners, with funding for ip.access’ latest bit of kit, […]


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