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  1. (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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Qualcomm might be working on a Snapdragon 8cx+ for Windows 10 PCs It's been over 18 months now since Qualcomm announced its "extreme" Windows 10 chipset, the Snapdragon 8cx. Indeed, last year's Snapdragon Technology Summit saw the announcement of more entry-level SKUs, but no new 8cx refresh. According to WinFuture, that might be on the way, and it might not be what we're expecting. The site reported on a third-party database that showed documentation for the Snapdragon 8cx+. As is usually the case with Qualcomm's 'plus' chipsets, the 8cx+ is just an overcloc
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. (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
  14. Qualcomm is working on standalone wireless VR headsets that can also connect to PCs Qualcomm’s new VR headset will be one of the first to work as a standalone mobile headset and also connect to PCs wirelessly. The headsets will be demoed at the Game Developers Conference that’s currently going on in San Francisco, and they could arrive in stores in Asia as early as later this year, as spotted by CNET. Most mobile VR headsets don’t let you plug into your PC for a connection to additional VR gaming libraries, but Qualcomm envisions it to be possib
  15. Apple Loses Another Patent Violation Lawsuit Against Qualcomm The war between Apple and Qualcomm continues, and this time the one celebrating the victory is the San Diego-based chipmaker. The court ruled against Apple, as the jury explains that the company violated three different patents and must pay a total of $31 million in damages. This is also the amount that Qualcomm was hoping to obtain as part of the legal dispute. The lawsuit was started in 2017 by Qualcomm due to what it described as an infringement on three patents covering technolog
  16. But no one has ever said that about Intel In a moment showing a complete lack of self-examination, Chipzilla is moaning to anyone who will listen that the chipmaker Qualcomm is an evil monopolist which is stifling competition. In an official statement, Intel called out Qualcomm for continuing to pursue its use of patent lawsuits and threatening lawsuits against its customers and competitors even as multiple antitrust agencies have found Qualcomm to be violating competition laws with these tactics. Steven Rodgers, Intel EVP and general counsel, said tha
  17. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 flagship is here — without integrated 5G The new Snapdragon 865 and 765 will force phone makers to choose between flagship specs and integrated 5G Qualcomm has officially announced its next-generation flagship processor for phones — the Snapdragon 865 — but it’ll still need a separate 5G modem to enable 5G instead of an integrated 5G modem built right into the chipset. Traditionally, that means more expensive, power-hungry phones than an integrated solution. Announced alongside the 865 is Qualcomm’s other new processor, t
  18. LG Electronics announced today that it will collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies on the development of its infotainment 'WebOS Auto' platform for use in commercial vehicles. The system will allow for connected cars to provide a vast range of entertainment and safety features. The deal was agreed at a meeting between the two companies at an event in downtown Seoul at LG Electronics Research and Development campus on October 29th. In the deal, Qualcomm will provide its latest 5G Snapdragon networking solutions and services, with LG incorporating the upgraded Web
  19. Google’s Android OS for smartwatches, Wear OS, isn’t nearly as successful as Android for smartphones, tablets, or televisions, and there’s a lot of blame to go around for that. We can blame Google for not having enough confidence to launch its own smartwatch hardware or for barely giving Wear OS the time of day at its big developer conference, or we can blame Qualcomm for failing to design a competitive smartwatch SoC. Smartwatches from Samsung, Huawei, and Apple, with their custom operating systems and SoCs, tend to have much better battery life than smartwatches with Wear OS and Qualcomm’s S
  20. Inside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and Qualcomm Surface Ryzen Edition and SQ1 processors have been co-engineered Microsoft has just announced its new Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices, and neither will come with an Intel processor. The software giant is diversifying its silicon for Surface this year by partnering closely with AMD and Qualcomm, respectively, to create custom processors for its Surface line. The Surface Laptop 3 has a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor on the 15-inch model, while the Surface Pro X goes the ARM
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    The Heat Death of 5G

    Spend any time in wireless, or Technology in general, and the subject of 5G is almost certain to come up. We have written about it here (and here). The world is full of talk about fast 5G networks and all the incredible new things that 5G will unleash. A whole new Internet, they say. Here at D2D, we like to think of ourselves as practical, nuts-and-bolts-and-antenna people. So for us, a lot of this 5G discussion strikes us a bit breathless. Yes, 5G is coming and data rates will improve, but we, the mobile industry, still have a lot of work to do. We could regale you wi
  22. Qualcomm builds a bigger, better in-screen fingerprint reader Never miss your fingerprint scanner again with this giant new sensor. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. In-screen fingerprint readers were the standard form of Android biometrics on 2019 flagships, and in 2020 we'll start seeing the second-generation versions of this technology. Qualcomm is hosting its big tech show this week, and one of the first announcements is the new version of its "3D Sonic Max" ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint se
  23. Mandatory, but useless — Thanks, Qualcomm: Mandatory 5G means phones now ship with disabled 5G modems Pay for a 5G modem you can never use, thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 design. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 7 images. It's Qualcomm's world, and we're all just living in it. Phones are starting to trickle onto the market with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 SoC, and the company's unchecked monopoly power over the mobile industry is really coming to a head with this new chip. Qualc
  24. If there’s one constant in the world of Android phones, it’s that the top phones all use Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon processor. This year, that’s the Snapdragon 855, a powerful system-on-chip that we’ve already seen in the Galaxy S10, One Plus 7 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, and a few others. Naturally, we assumed that the premium handsets coming in the second half of the year, namely the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4, would use the same processor. But that might not be the case. Qualcomm has announced a mid-year refresh to the Snapdragon 855 that it’s calling the 855 Plus. Because, y
  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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