SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc
executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at
an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered
clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the
chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation.
With an explosion in smartphones in recent years tapering
off, Qualcomm and handset manufacturers are eager to show
consumers and investors that they have more innovation in store
to drive demand for new devices.
SINGAPORE/SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s
embrace of wireless charging for its new Watch
may be a defining moment for a
technology that’s languished for years amid competing standards
and consumer confusion.
Supporters of wireless charging see a future where people no
longer worry about topping up their gadgets; are free from
tangled power cords and low-battery warnings and where terms
like “outlet” and “plugged in” will be as anachronistic as
“dialling” a phone.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s
long-awaited launch of tap-to-pay technology in its new iPhones
and smartwatch may be the seal of approval that near-field
communication technology needs to become as commonplace as wifi,
Bluetooth and GPS.
Called NFC, the technology lets smartphones communicate
wirelessly with other devices such as point-of-sale terminals by
holding them together. While proponents have argued for years
that it is ideal for secure payment systems that could
eventually replace credit cards, none have taken off.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plan this year to pay manufacturers to use its processors to make tablets was boosting the chipmaker’s market share, Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday, adding that he hoped to avoid such a costly strategy with smartphones.
After falling behind rival chipmakers in mobile in recent years, Krzanich set a goal for Intel’s chips to be used in 40 million tablets in 2014, up from 10 million the previous year.
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp has sued rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, accusing both companies of infringing its patents on graphics processing technology.
The U.S. chipmaker vies with Qualcomm in the business of providing chips for smartphones and tablets. It said on Thursday that Qualcomm and Samsung had used Nvidia’s patented technologies without a license in Samsung’s mobile devices, including the just-launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets.
Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted higher fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday and gave a forecast for current-quarter revenues that exceeded Wall Street’s estimates, sending shares of the graphics chipmaker higher in after-hours trade.
The outlook in the PC industry has brightened following news that PC shipments were flat in the June quarter, a better-than-expected result.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp posted
higher fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday and gave a
forecast for current-quarter revenues that exceeded Wall
Street’s estimates, sending shares of the graphics chipmaker
higher in after-hours trade.
The outlook in the PC industry has brightened following news
that PC shipments were flat in the June quarter, a
SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 (Reuters) – Applied Micro Circuits
has begun shipping a new kind of low-power server chip
that might challenge heavyweight Intel in cutting-edge
The Sunnyvale, California, company disappointed Wall Street
on Tuesday with first fiscal quarter revenue and second-quarter
revenue outlook that missed expectations due to a declining
legacy business, sending its shares 4 percent lower after hours.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s new “Fire” smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.
The Fire phone also houses chips from Synaptics Inc and Skyworks Solutions Inc, said the repair outfit, which made a name for itself taking apart devices like Apple Inc’s iPhone and identifying its internal components.