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Qualcomm Announces New Mobile, Networking Chips

Qualcomm announced a handful of new chips for mobile and networking gadgets ahead of its annual investor event on Wednesday, where analysts are likely to quiz executives about a shift in smartphone growth from the United States to China and other developing countries.

Qualcomm said the fourth generation of its Long Term Evolution chip, used for fast data transfer in top-tier smartphones, would begin sampling by manufacturing customers early next year.

Qualcomm is the world’s leading mobile chipmaker and is far ahead of Intel and smaller rivals in LTE technology.


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Qualcomm Is Developing New Mobile Processors

“Qualcomm is developing a new line of Zeroth processors designed to help devices think and sense just like human brains and bodies.

This isn’t just an attempt at mimicking the behavior of human intelligence, but rather, an attempt at replicating the underlying biology that drives behavior. Oh, and Qualcomm wants to stuff all that complex computation into a chip that fits in your phone.”

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Qualcomm Gambit: Apple 64-bit A7 is a ‘gimmick’

A top exec takes a risk by dismissing the new 64-bit A7 too quickly. The chip supplier will likely have a different message if it brings out its own 64-bit design – CNET.

A Qualcomm executive dissed Apple’s new 64-bit chip architecture, putting the San Diego company in a tough spot if it decides at some point to move to a 64-bit Snapdragon design. Here’s what Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, said to the IDG News Service “I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that.” He went on to repeat a well-known fact that a 64-bit architecture is necessary for addressing memory beyond 4GB but that most smartphones, like Apple’s iPhone 5S, only have 1GB or 2GB of memory. ARM, the company behind the chip designs from Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Nvidia, believes that there will be a need for 64-bit ARM chips in future smartphones and tablets.