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Qualcomm Buying UK Semiconductor Company CSR for $2.5B

October 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today announced it has reached a deal valued at $2.5 billion to acquire UK semiconductor company CSR. The acquisition is expected to give Qualcomm a leg up on products, channels, and customers in both the Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive telematics markets.

AT&T Sees the Body Becoming the Hub for Wearables

September 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Aside from doubts about smartphones being able to...

Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its...

Facebook Using LTE Broadcast to Streamline App Updates

September 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure at...

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Qualcomm Outs General Availability of LTE Broadcast SDK

September 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During his keynote at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq developer conference, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said network operators are using the LTE Broadcast SDK in combination with Qualcomm’s middleware in order to build applications. He added that 30-plus developers are working with the SDK today.

AT&T's Stankey Pans Passpoint Technology for Residential Environments

August 13, 2014 12:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stankey said that the experience of using the technology, which is called Passpoint and is being developed by Qulacomm, wouldn't be up to AT&T's standards if it was deployed to improve capacity in a residential area. He said that customers walking between houses in a neighborhood would plagued by intermittent connectivity and interference due to the complexities of Wi-Fi. 

Timex, AT&T Partner on Smartwatch That Doesn’t Need a Phone

August 6, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Timex today announced the Ironman One GPS+, a smartwatch that connects directly to AT&T’s HSPA network without any help from a phone. Priced at $400, the One GPS+ comes with one free year of AT&T connectivity for customers in the U.S. and Canada. An AT&T spokesman said the carrier is not yet announcing pricing for service after the free year is up.

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FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Opera Mediaworks, Ericsson

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies has completed its acquisition of EmpoweredU, developer of a mobile-centric cloud-based learning environment that is both device and operating system agnostic. 

Report: China Concludes Qualcomm Is A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and other wireless devices. The communist government has complained about the high cost of licenses for foreign technology. It has tried to reduce dependence on foreign know-how by investing billions of dollars to develop its own phone, encryption and other technology.

Microsoft Sides with Qualcomm-backed AllSeen IoT Alliance

July 2, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, a Qualcomm-backed Internet of Things consortium. The software giant’s membership makes it a total of 51 companies in the group, including big names in electronics like LG, Sharp and Panasonic. AllSeen are working on a universal IoT standard based on Qualcomm’s AllJoyn open source code.

FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, Ventev, D-Link, SanDisk

June 19, 2014 10:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, today introduced three new TerraWave LTE-band Mobile Antennas that ensure cellular connectivity even in remote locations. These mobile antennas support 3G/LTE, SCADA, wireless backhaul and broadband communications for applications such as asset tracking/RFID and remote monitoring (M2M), fleet management and public safety. 

Qualcomm’s New Small Cell SoC to Address Capacity Demands

June 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FSM90xx uses the same LTE functionality from the FSM99xx, its larger cousin announced last year and currently available. The new SoC is based on 28nm technology in order to drive down power consumption and total cost. The FSM99xx are expected to begin sampling during the second half of 2014.

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FirstNews Briefs: NTT, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, mopay, Ruckus, Qualcomm

May 5, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NTT, Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu are to make a proof-of-concept demonstration of the Virtual Network Platform-as-a –service (VNPaaS) technology to the ETSI NFV ISG body in Japan. The demonstration, one of the outcomes from the collaborative study on NFV application, will be presented at the Bankoku Shinryokan Resort MICE Facility in Okinawa on May 14, 2014.

Qualcomm Misses with $1.9B Profit, Stock Dives 4%

April 23, 2014 4:50 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm's fiscal second-quarter profits were up 5 percent annually to $1.9 billion, and the chip maker raised its non-GAPP earnings per share (EPS) guidance for the fiscal year on global growth in 3G and 4G smartphones. Still, that wasn't enough for Wall Street, as the company missed expectations, sending shares down over 4 percent in after-market trading to $77.45. 

Qualcomm Intros Snapdragon 810, 808 Chipsets, Available Early 2015

April 7, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today announced the next in its Snapdragon lineage of chipsets, the 810 and 808. The new 64-bit LTE chipsets will begin sampling this quarter and are expected to see commercial release in early 2015. Both the 810 and 808 are Cat 6 LTE and support carrier aggregation up to 60 MHz (3 x 20 MHz), with Qualcomm promising speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

Sprint, Qualcomm Test Small Cell Network at NASCAR Track

March 5, 2014 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and Qualcomm over the weekend tested demonstrated the second phase of an over-the-air trial of an LTE TDD hyper-dense small cell network at the Phoenix International Raceway. The companies said the race was an ideal venue to test the technology, as the March Phoenix race hosts a large crowd. Small cells are favored among carrier network planners as a way to increase capacity in dense areas that see a lot of traffic. 

FirstNews Briefs: Anritsu, StickNFind, Samsung, Verizon

March 5, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's data management platform throughout its network, helping to support the carrier's LTE expansion. The Alcatel-Lucent Subscriber Data Manager (SDM), part of the company's IMS Subsystem portfolio of technologies, will help support the expansion of Verizon's LTE services by centralizing multiple application databases. 

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MWC: Qualcomm Intros Pair of 64-Bit Chips, LTE-A Chip for Cars

February 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today took the wraps off a pair of new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Both the 610 and 615 support LTE and join the recently announced Snapdragon 410 in Qualcomm’s 64-bit portfolio. The 610 performed quad-core processing while the 615 houses an octo-core solution.

Qualcomm Bullish on Advantages of Broadcasting Content over LTE

February 6, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks. 

FirstNews Briefs: Ericsson, Qualcomm, WIND Mobile, Spirent, Nubo, Orange

January 31, 2014 10:14 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. successfully completed an inter-vendor interoperability testing of LTE Category 6, based on commercial LTE chipsets and infrastructure supporting Telstra's carrier aggregation bands. Final stages of testing were completed in collaboration with Telstra, whose LTE Advanced network in Australia is being readied for Category 6 commercial launch.

Qualcomm’s 1Q Sees Revenue, Chip Shipment Growth

January 29, 2014 5:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm started its fiscal 2014 with both revenue and MSM chip shipments up. First quarter revenues hit $6.62 billion, up 10 percent annually. The mobile chip giant reported moving 213 million units during the quarter, marking a 17 percent annual increase. Device sales for the quarter reached $61.6 billion, a 16-percent annual increase, with 3G/4G device shipments totaling approximately 276 to 280 million units.

Qualcomm Buys 2,400 Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone Patents from HP

January 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The portfolio consists of 1,400 granted and pending patents from the U.S. and another 1,000 from outside the company. The portfolio “covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques,” according to a press release. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CES: Qualcomm Brings AllPlay to the Masses

January 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Monday announced commercial availablity of its AllPlay technology, which it hopes will help enable wireless media streaming on more devices throughout the home. The AllPlay media platform was developed by the Qualcomm Connected Experiences division and features Atheros wireless technologies.

Qualcomm Appoints Steve Mollenkopf to CEO

December 13, 2013 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Friday  announced that its board has unanimously voted to promote Steve Mollenkopf to CEO-elect, with his instatement effective March 4, 2014. Mollenkopf will relieve long-tiime CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs of his duties. Jacobs will remain a Qualcomm employ and executive chairman of the company's board. 

First News Briefs: Deutsche Telekom, Un-Blinking, Qualcomm, Straight Talk, Synchronoss

December 9, 2013 10:58 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom and Telematics provider Un-Blinking Technologies (a division of SkyTrace Inc.) have launched a vendor-independent machine-to-machine (M2M) solution for vehicles in the USA based on iCar. This telemetry solution creates an intelligent car with functionality tailored to the needs of both car dealers and their customers.

Chinese Regulators Cite Qualcomm in Monopoly Investigation

November 25, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm today reported that it's the focuse of an anti-monopoly investigation in China. According to a press release, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has commenced an investigation of Qualcomm relating to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). 

Qualcomm Announces New Chip That Supports 4K Video

November 20, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Wednesday unveiled the next generation of its Snapdragon line of mobile chips. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor aims to support higher quality video than its predecessors. Specifically, the company says the Snapdragon 805 will support Ultra HD (4K) resolution, both on device and via Ultra HD TVs. 

Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Out Dec. 2, Starting at $350

November 18, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As promised Qualcomm making available its Toq smartwatch on Dec. 2 and will be charging $350 for the wearable. Toq’s highlight feature is its Mirasol display which is always on and performs better in sunlight than an LED. The device also takes advantage of WiPower LE charging and comes with charging tray that fits the watch and the Bluetooth earpieces.

Higher Chip Shipments Boost Qualcomm 4Q Profit

November 7, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm Inc.'s net income increased 18 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, helped by higher chip shipments. But the company's earnings still fell short of Wall Street's forecast, as did its outlook for the current period. Shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday.

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