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  1. Details of Qualcomm SM8450, successor to Snapdragon 888, leaks A few months ago we heard, courtesy of Roland Quandt from WinFuture, that Qualcomm is working on a successor to the Snapdragon 888 (SM8350) code-named SM8450 ‘Waipio. At the time few details were available, but reliable leaker Evan Blass has now spilt all the beans, saying: SM8450 is Qualcomm’s next-gen premium system-on-chip (SoC). It has an integrated Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF system. It is fabricated on
  2. Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 7c Gen2 for always-connected PCs Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 7c Gen2, a new entry-level ARM chipset designed for PCs. You may recall that Qualcomm first introduced the Snapdragon 7c back in 2019, and it was the most affordable entry point into Windows on ARM devices, and it also eventually allowed Qualcomm to be in the Chromebook market. The Snapdragon 7c Gen2 is a minor refresh of the original chipset, similar to the upgraded Snapdragon 8cx Gen2. It comes with an upgraded clock speed up to 2.55GHz, up from the maximum 2
  3. Qualcomm vulnerability impacts nearly 40% of all mobile phones A high severity security vulnerability found in Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chips (including the latest 5G-capable versions) could enable attackers to access mobile phone users' text messages, call history, and listen in on their conversations. Qualcomm MSM is a series of 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G capable system on chips (SoCs) used in roughly 40% of mobile phones by multiple vendors, including Samsung, Google, LG, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. "If exploited, the vulnerability would have allowed
  4. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G chipset promises more flagship features for less Improved camera and connectivity features borrowed from the Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm has announced its latest 7-series processor, the Snapdragon 780G, which trickles down features from the company’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, while still offering manufacturers (and, by extension, consumers) a more affordable phone. The 780G takes the new top slot in the 7-series lineup, replacing the 765G / 768G (the latter being largely a frequency-boosted version of the former). Obviousl
  5. Qualcomm Completes Acquisition of NUVIA: Immediate focus on Laptops Today Qualcomm is announcing that the company has completed the acquisition of NUVIA, a start-up company consisting of industry veterans who were behind the creation of Apple’s high-performance CPU cores, and who were aiming to disrupt the server market with a new high-performance core called “Phoenix”. The acquisition had been announced only several weeks ago in mid-January, so the whole process has been extremely speedy in terms of timeline. “Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCO
  6. Qualcomm is working on a new Snapdragon 7c chipset for mid-range PCs Last week, a report from WinFuture claimed Qualcomm is working on a newer and more powerful chipset for PCs, one that’s likely an update to the second-gen Snapdragon 8cx. Now, new information says that might not be the only new PC chipset that the company is working on. If a new report from WinFuture is true, then Qualcomm is also working on a new octa-core processor that will be launched under the Snapdragon 7 series, which will also be made specifically for laptops and 2-in-1 PCs. This one is expected to be a succe
  7. New Qualcomm Snapdragon laptop chip leaks — here’s how it will take on Apple M1 Rumors about the next version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx processor have surfaced, and it sounds pretty powerful (Image credit: Qualcomm) It’s been a busy few months for laptop chips, with Apple releasing machines powered by its own M1 processors and Microsoft reportedly looking at making chips of its own. But long before other companies started dabbling in processors, Qualcomm had brought its chip-making skills to notebooks, with an eye toward making the components to powe
  8. Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c performance analysis shows impressive results over competition There's a new performance analysis out that focuses on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7c chipset, and it shows some interesting results. The tests were carried out by HOTTECH, and they put the Snapdragon 7c against competing products from Intel and MediaTek, all running Chrome OS. Interestingly, AMD wasn't represented in this test, which is a shame. Five Chromebooks were used, including the following: Snapdragon 7c Reference Platform (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, 8 GB RAM, 1
  9. Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 and Snapdragon 775G specifications showcase similarities with the Snapdragon 888 The Snapdragon 775G may arrive later this year with a 5 nm process and Kryo 6xx CPU cores. (Image source: Qualcomm - edited) According to a comprehensive leak, Qualcomm has built the Snapdragon 775 and Snapdragon 775G on a 5 nm process. The duo should receive Kryo 6xx CPU cores too, along with support for up to LPDDR5-3200 RAM. Both chipsets may be compatible with 120 Hz displays, too. Almost six months have passed since Roland Quandt publish
  10. Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon Insider Program Today, Qualcomm is announcing the Snapdragon Insider Program, and everyone is invited. It's aimed at Snapdragon enthusiasts, and it's going to give them behind the scenes looks at the products, deep dives, unique experiences, extra perks, and more. As these things tend to be, it's all about forming a community of like-minded individuals. Qualcomm can take that collective enthusiasm and cultivate it into a base of advocates for its brand. In return, those advocates get access to the juicy details abo
  11. Sophos and Qualcomm want to secure the new generation of 5G PCs Sophos' endpoint protection is coming to 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm (Image credit: Qualcomm) Sophos has announced that it will provide its Intercept X endpoint protection software for 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon compute platforms. Qualcomm's Snapdragon compute platforms build on smartphone technology to deliver improved performance and efficiency to 4G and 5G equipped business laptops. Through de
  12. Qualcomm objects to Nvidia’s $40 billion Arm acquisition KEY POINTS Qualcomm has told regulators around the world that it is against Nvidia’s $40 billion acquisition of British chip designer Arm, according to sources familiar with the matter. The company has told the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority and China’s State Administration for Market Regulation that it has concerns about the deal. The FTC’s investigation has moved to a “second phase” and the U.S. regulator has
  13. Qualcomm reclaims the clock speed title with the Snapdragon 870 5G chipset and its 3.2 GHz CPU Old is gold – Qualcomm and TSMC figured out how to squeeze a bit extra performance out of the 7 nm node and created the Snapdragon 865++. Or as the company prefers to call it, the Snapdragon 870 (SM8250-AC). Its CPU reaches the highest clock speed in the mobile world – the prime core now runs at 3.2 GHz, up from 3.1 GHz on the 865+ and 2.94 GHz on the vanilla 865. Those two were surpassed by the Kirin 9000 and its 3.13 GHz prime core, but now Qualcomm has reclaimed the clock s
  14. Qualcomm's answer to Apple's M1 could be the SC8280 Ever since Apple introduced its first ARM-based Macs in November, people have been wondering when Qualcomm and Microsoft are going to introduce something more competitive on the Windows side of things. After all, Apple's M1 chips beat the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 in a big way, and the chipset was only announced in September. Being that Gen 2 was such a minor refresh, some thought that Qualcomm might have something else on the way. According to WinFuture, it just might. Citing 'information available to us', Qua
  15. Qualcomm just snapped up Apple’s chief architect and his CPU startup Qualcomm has announced a $1.4 billion deal to acquire chip design firm Nuvia. The fledgling company was founded by Apple executive Gerard Williams III. He is the long-time chief architect behind a variety of Apple CPUs and chipsets. Qualcomm is the top dog in the Android phone space right now, but it faces stiff competition in the general smartphone space and computing space thanks to players like Apple. Now, the US chipmaker has announced a $1.4 billion deal to acquire f
  16. Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 will debut in early 2021 phones A couple of years ago, just before 2018 ended, Qualcomm introduced the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor. It’s an in-display fingerprint scanning technology that has been used on numerous smartphones out in the market. It’s only one of the many technologies by the company and it’s finally getting a follow-up. The second generation is available and is ready to offer “security that goes beyond screen deep”. The new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor already offers reliable and fast fingerprint scanning. It’s effective even with
  17. Qualcomm announces its first Snapdragon 4 series 5G chipset Today, Qualcomm is introducing the Snapdragon 480 5G platform, and the major significance is that it's the firm's first entry-level 5G chipset. While you can get a Snapdragon 690 handset for under $300, these smartphones will be in the $125-$250 tier. Indeed, a $125 5G smartphone is unheard of in the current market. "Qualcomm Technologies continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible, especially as people worldwide continue to connect remotely," said Ke
  18. Qualcomm promises three years of Android updates for its entire SoC lineup The new plan is three years of major OS updates and four years of security updates. Enlarge / The Snapdragon 888, sitting on the world's biggest ARM motherboard. Qualcomm 142 with 96 posters participating Google and Qualcomm are teaming up to enable a longer support window for flagship Android smartphones. Qualcomm, with Google's help, will now support its chipsets for three years of major OS updates and four years of security updates, ena
  19. Qualcomm's new wireless earbud chipset promises premium features for more price tiers Qualcomm is introducing a new product in its lineup of mid-range wireless earbud chipsets, the QCC305x series. These SoCs are low-power platforms designed to be used in true wireless earbuds, and they can, of course, enable certain features beyond just playing music. The QCC305x sits in the mid-range QCC30xx series, which Qualcomm had already expanded earlier this year with the QCC304x. Like its predecessors, the QCC305x series supports noise cancellation, but it brings som
  20. Apple is full-steam ahead on replacing Qualcomm modems with its own SVP Johny Srouji told Apple employees that development kicked off this year. Enlarge / The iPhone 12. Samuel Axon 97 with 53 posters participating As rumored many months ago, Apple's silicon ambitions don't end with replacing Intel CPUs with its own in Macs—it plans to ditch Qualcomm modems in favor of its own custom-designed chips for iPhones, according to Apple hardware tech lead Johny Srouji. Srouji confirmed the company's p
  21. It's OK that Qualcomm didn't announce a new chip for Windows at Snapdragon Summit This year, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit was held as a digital-only experience, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Journalists like myself would rather be in Maui right now, as it's all the more depressing to look at my "on this day" memories from the last few years. At this year's event, the firm introduced the Snapdragon 888, the chipset that will be included in next year's flagship Android phones. And that's it. There was no mention of Windows on ARM at all, and it's
  22. The other Arm chip making giant thinks Apple Silicon is a validation of what it has been saying. The Snapdragon 888 With recent tests showing that putting Windows onto Apple Silicon absolutely spanks the performance currently available on Qualcomm-made processors, one could be forgiven for thinking Qualcomm was apprehensive about its future desktop prospects. However, Qualcomm SVP and general manager for mobile, compute, and infrastructure Alex Katouzian told journalists on Wednesday that the new chip was a validation for putting mobile chips into lapt
  23. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday handed a victory to Qualcomm Inc, declining to reconsider an August decision that dismissed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against the chip designer. In a brief order, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not rehear arguments over whether the San Diego, California-based company had engaged in anticompetitive patent-licensing practices to keep a monopoly on the market for modem chips that connect smart phones to wireless data networks. On Aug. 11, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit
  24. (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to a court filing on Friday. The company on May 21 lost in an antitrust lawsuit and has been fighting to have the ruling put on hold while it pursued an appeal. The San Diego-based company argued that letting the ruling stand could upend its talks with phone makers over chips for 5G, the next generation of wireless data networks. In the ruling issued on Friday, the 9
  25. A long-running European antitrust investigation into whether Qualcomm used predatory pricing when selling UMTS baseband chips about a decade ago has landed the chipmaker with a fine of €242 million (~$271M) — aka, 1.27% of its global revenue for 2018. The EU regulator concluded Qualcomm used abusive pricing to force its main rival at the time, UK-based company Icera, out of the market — by selling certain quantities of three of its UMTS chipsets below cost to two strategically important customers: Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE. Co
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