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Dec 9, 2013

Qualcomm plans smartphone chips with 64-bit technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc said on Monday it will make smartphone chips with 64-bit features typically found in personal computers, following Apple Inc and opening the way to more efficient mobile gadgets.

Qualcomm said its new Snapdragon 410 component will also include 4G cellphone connectivity technology and be aimed at the fast-growing Chinese market, where it should start appearing in low-cost smartphones in the second half of 2014.

Nov 22, 2013

Intel CEO says contract manufacturing business to expand

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) CEO Brian Krzanich said on Thursday he would expand his company’s small contract manufacturing business, paving the way for more chipmakers to tap into the world’s most advanced process technology.

With Intel far behind rivals in making chips for smartphones and tablets, many on Wall Street have urged the company to expand its contract manufacturing business, which currently contributes little to its overall revenue, and to open its factories to high-volume clients making mobile processors.

Nov 21, 2013

Intel to expand contract manufacturing business: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Thursday he planned to expand his company’s small contract manufacturing business, opening the way for more chipmakers to tap into the world’s most advanced process technology.

With Intel far behind rivals in making chips for smartphones and tablets, many on Wall Street have called for the company to expand its contract manufacturing business, which currently has a negligible impact on overall revenue, and to open its factories to high-volume clients making mobile chips.

Nov 20, 2013

Insight: For Intel, Hollywood dreams prove a leap too far

By Noel Randewich, Ronald Grover and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) – Earlier this year, Intel Corp rented temporary retail space in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for a splashy launch of Intel TV, a new Internet entertainment service that the chipmaker promised could revolutionize the television industry.

But when customers walk into those stores this holiday season, they will not find any set-top TV boxes or programming services for sale. Instead, they will see ultra thin laptops and new tablets from a variety of vendors that Intel hopes will help boost its massive but flagging computer chip business.

Nov 20, 2013

For Intel, Hollywood dreams prove a leap too far

Nov 20 (Reuters) – Earlier this year, Intel Corp rented
temporary retail space in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for
a splashy launch of Intel TV, a new Internet entertainment
service that the chipmaker promised could revolutionize the
television industry.

But when customers walk into those stores this holiday
season, they will not find any set-top TV boxes or programming
services for sale. Instead, they will see ultra thin laptops and
new tablets from a variety of vendors that Intel hopes will help
boost its massive but flagging computer chip business.

Nov 20, 2013

Qualcomm CEO vows to return 75 percent of free cash flow

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Leading mobile chipmaker
Qualcomm plans to return 75 percent of free cash flow
to shareholders through stock buybacks and increased dividends,
Chief Executive Paul Jacobs told analysts at an event on
Wednesday.

Unveiling his new capital return commitment, Jacobs said
Qualcomm would grow dividends faster than earnings and continue
opportunistic repurchases as well.

Nov 20, 2013

Qualcomm unveils new mobile chips as investors eye Asia

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – 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.

Nov 14, 2013

Applied Materials quarterly results exceed estimates

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Top chip gear-maker Applied Materials Inc (AMAT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted fiscal fourth-quarter revenue that modestly exceeded estimates as foundry customers build new production lines, but its forecast for the current quarter was shy of some analysts’ expectations.

The company said it saw a 16 percent increase in orders for new equipment in the fourth quarter, driven by contract manufacturers, known as foundries, as well as NAND memory chipmakers. Spending by logic chipmakers such as Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), hurt by lackluster PC demand, accounted for a smaller portion of new orders.

Nov 8, 2013

Nvidia’s current-quarter revenue forecast misses Street

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp gave a
revenue forecast for the current quarter that was shy of Wall
Street’s expectations as the graphics chipmaker faces tough
competition in tablets and a slow personal computer market.

With the personal computer industry losing steam, Nvidia has
expanded its graphics chips into mobile devices, but it is
meeting stiff competition from Qualcomm In c and other
rivals.

Nov 8, 2013

Nvidia’s quarterly forecast raises competition concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp gave a revenue forecast for the current quarter that was shy of Wall Street’s expectations as the graphics chipmaker faces tough competition in tablets and a slow personal computer market.

With the personal computer industry losing steam, Nvidia has expanded its graphics chips into tablets and is working on smartphone chips, but it is meeting stiff competition from Qualcomm Inc and other rivals, and some analysts said the chipmaker should exit those markets.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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