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All posts tagged "Qualcomm"

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • Qualcomm rejects $130bn Broadcom offer, Broadcom poised to go hostile

    Last week saw the possibility of one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Broadcom made a massive offer for Qualcomm -- a deal which would've been valued at US$130-billion. The unsolicited offer set the tech world alight, as a successful deal would've resulted in an even bigger, combined silicon juggernaut. Yesterday, the US mobile tech firm has revealed its decision: a unanimous rejection by the board of directors. "It is the board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and chairman of the board...

  • Qualcomm expected to move to 8nm chips ‘pretty soon’ [Exclusive]

    The past year has seen Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and Mediatek all move to a tiny 10nm manufacturing process for their high-end mobile chipsets. A smaller manufacturing process generally results in a tinier chip and energy savings, resulting in better performance and battery life. Now, in an interview with Gearburn on the sidelines of Africacom 2017, a Qualcomm representative has confirmed that the company is expected to move "one level" down from 10nm. "So, at the moment we are on a 10nm (manufacturing process) and we are moving, pretty soon, 10nm, one level down," said Simone Severini, the firm's technology lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. "How...

  • It’s official: Broadcom makes $130bn offer for Qualcomm

    A short time ago, it was reported that Broadcom was putting together a rather substantial offer for Qualcomm. It was claimed that the deal would be valued at just over US$100-billion. Now, Broadcom has made its offer official, valuing the transaction at just over US$130-billion. The cash and stock offer stands regardless of whether Qualcomm's US$47-billion deal to acquire NXP is successful or not, the wireless chipmaker claimed in a press statement. The proposal would see Qualcomm acquired at US$70 a share. "Under Broadcom's proposal, the US$70 per share to be received by Qualcomm stockholders would consist of $60 in cash and $10 per share in Broadcom shares," the company...

  • Broadcom in talks to buy Qualcomm for $100bn – report

    The past 18 months has seen chip designer ARM being acquired by Softbank for US$31-billion, but it looks like another colossal silicon deal is in the works. Yes, it seems like Broadcom is expected to make a huge offer for Qualcomm. According to Reuters, citing three sources "familiar with the matter", Broadcom is set to announce a US$100-billion offer to buy the chip maker on Monday. The publication says that, if successful, the deal would be the biggest tech acquisition ever and would deliver a company with a market cap of roughly $200-billion. Still, a source said it's "far from certain" whether Qualcomm...

  • Ahead of iPhone launch, Qualcomm boasts of ‘Android firsts’

    Apple events and third-party brands go together like Pavlov and his dog. When the Cupertino firm carries out a launch event, rival brands come running in a bid to spoil the parade. Now, it's Qualcomm's turn to rain on Apple's parade. Or rather, it looks like a few drops on a bonfire at this point. The US chipmaker, embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, has shown off its list of "Android firsts" by partners and itself. "Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. Although by no means comprehensive, here...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Expect more phones with iris scanning, depth sensing thanks to Qualcomm

    Qualcomm is one of the biggest players in the smartphone space, its chipsets powering loads of devices around the world. Now, the company has revealed updated versions of its Spectra imaging hardware, found in flagship processors. So what does that mean? For one, Qualcomm has updated its "Spectra Module Program", which delivered improved dual-camera support and better zoom in its initial release last year. What does the update bring to the table? "...the camera module program is being expanded to include new camera modules capable of utilising active sensing for superior biometric authentication, and structured light for a variety of computer vision applications...

  • Why do mobile brands keep using the Snapdragon 625 processor? [Opinion]

    Between Qualcomm, MediaTek and other brands, there are loads of processors for mobile manufacturers to choose from. However, the Snapdragon 625 seems to have become the darling for mid-range handsets in the past year or so. It's not hard to see why, due to its solid graphics hardware, 4K recording capability and ridiculously frugal battery life. The latter was achieved thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process and eight low-powered A53 cores. As a result, we saw the Moto Z Play (review) and its 3000mAh battery eke out impressive two day endurance. Nevermind a handset with a 4000mAh or 5000mAh pack. The...

  • Qualcomm’s new fingerprint scanners can scan through display, underwater

    The story of 2017 was shaping up to be one of under-screen fingerprint scanners. All eyes were on Samsung to deliver the technology first, reducing the need for a dedicated fingerprint scanner space. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be with the Galaxy S8 (review), as the technology proved to be difficult to integrate. Now, Qualcomm has stepped up to the plate, announcing new fingerprint scanners in Shanghai this week. And yes, the chipmaker says it can be integrated into smartphone screens. "Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is the mobile industry's first commercially announced multi-functional ultrasonic solution capable of scanning through OLED display...