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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. (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
  15. Qualcomm reportedly developing its own smartphones powered by Snapdragon 875 Look out, Note 20 Ultra (Image credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm is allegedly developing its own branded smartphones, which will be produced in partnership with Asus, according to a report by Digitimes. These won’t just be run-of-the-mill phones, either – they’ll be premium gaming phones, per industry sources, and could come out as soon as the end of 2020. Asus will be responsible for designing and developing the hardware, according
  16. Qualcomm will likely introduce the Snapdragon 875 on December 1 Typically, every December Qualcomm holds its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's going to be a virtual event this year. The company sent out invitations to the digital event, which will be held on December 1-2. It's usually a three-day event, but presumably, it's being shortened due to the different format. The obvious thing that the firm is likely to announce is the Snapdragon 875, its next flagship chipset for smartphones. The Snapdragon 8 series chip h
  17. Microsoft and Qualcomm to help developers make apps Windows 10 on ARM-compatible Today at Ignite Microsoft announced a partnership with Qualcomm to extend their App Assure with FastTrack testing platform to developers who want to make sure their apps run well on Windows 10 on ARM. Microsoft’s App Assure with FastTrack program is a service designed to help customers, developers, and independent software vendors address application compatibility issues, at no additional cost for qualifying customers. A focus of the program will be to engage vendors
  18. Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G for the next generation of Windows on ARM PCs It's been nearly 21 months since Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform at Snapdragon Technology Summit in 2018. At last year's Snapdragon Summit, the firm focused instead on adding new tiers to add its unique value to lower price points, with the Snapdragon 7c and 8c. But now, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is here. While the original aimed to compete with an eighth-generation U-series Core i5, the new one competes with a 10th-gen variant of the Core i5
  19. Qualcomm is bringing 5G to everyone with cheap 5G Snapdragon chips Dirt-cheap Snapdragon 4-series chips will make nearly every phone a 5G phone. Enlarge / The Snapdragon 4 series is near the bottom of Qualcomm's lineup and is used in most cheap devices. Qualcomm 64 with 30 posters participating Qualcomm's push for 5G will soon hit some of the cheapest phones on the market. Today, the company announced 5G is coming to the Snapdragon 4-series in "early 2021." Qualcomm says the goal of these
  20. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 standard promises 50 percent charge in less than five minutes Along with 100W charging speeds on phones and full charges in under 15 minutes Qualcomm has introduced Quick Charge 5, the company’s latest fast-charging standard, and it’s bringing some big promises: more than 100W charging speeds on a smartphone, with the ability to charge a device from 0 to 50 percent in five minutes or fully charge a phone in 15 minutes. It’s been a few years since Qualcomm introduced its last major quic
  21. The new Snapdragon 865 Plus packs Wi-Fi 6E, 10% higher clocks Qualcomm's flagship SoC gets a midcycle upgrade with the latest Wi-Fi standard. Enlarge Qualcomm 53 with 28 posters participating Qualcomm is announcing its midcycle chip upgrade today: the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Like always, these "Plus" chips are higher-clocked versions of the major designs that were released earlier in the year, but new for the 865 Plus specifically is Wi-Fi 6E compatibility. First, the speed increases: Qualcom
  22. The United States International Trade Commission will not be blocking imports of the iPhone in the ongoing Apple v. Qualcomm case, reports Reuters. Qualcomm had asked the ITC to ban imports of the AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models that use chips from Intel, citing multiple patent violations. Qualcomm did not ask for a ban on iPhones that use Qualcomm LTE chips, with the reasoning that a more limited exclusion order was more likely to be granted. An ITC judge said on Friday that while Apple's
  23. Qualcomm filed a motion calling for a German court to levy fines against Apple for not complying with a December import ban barring iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models from being sold in Germany, reports Bloomberg. According to Qualcomm, Apple failed to properly recall the banned iPhones from third-party sellers and continued to sell them in some Apple Stores in early January. Qualcomm in early January posted 1.34 billion euros in security bonds to enforce the ban, and Apple pulled its iPhones entirely from the country the next day. Qualcomm general counsel Don Rose
  24. Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf defends company's chip licensing practices in court The U.S. District Court in San Jose rolled out the red carpet yesterday, as Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf showed up to testify. According to CNET, the executive appeared in front of Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the 10 day non-jury FTC v. Qualcomm trial. The government agency says that the methods used by Qualcomm to license its patents are anti-competitive, especially its "no license, no chips" policy. Phonemanufacturers who want to buy modem chips from Qualcom
  25. (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc has responded to comments made by Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook in an interview, in which he said there had been no recent settlement talks between the iPhone maker and chip supplier in their global legal battle, calling Cook’s remarks “misleading.” Apple on Wednesday said it stood by Cook’s comments. The two companies are disputing comments their respective CEOs have made over settlement talks. Apple’s chief on Tuesday said any talks ended in September 2018. Qualcomm’s Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf in Novemb
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