Qualcomm tackles indoor location with new generation of chips

Qualcomm is building indoor positioning into its IZAT platform in hopes of making indoor location-based services just as common as outdoor services. The upgrades are going into its current generation of smartphone chipsets, but Qualcomm is working with Cisco on a network-based platform as well.

Nvidia validates LTE with AT&T but without full integration

Nvidia took a big step toward becoming a complete smartphone silicon vendor, announcing today AT&T has validated Nvidia’s new LTE chipset for its 4G network. The news paves the way for Nvidia’s first LTE phone, but competitor Qualcomm still has one key advantage.

Qualcomm chips bring faster Wi-Fi to mobile devices

Qualcomm announced chips that can take advantage of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, allowing connected devices to move data up to three times faster than today. That’s important as we’re streaming HD video, remotely accessing PCs and playing video games through cloud services.

Qualcomm adds to a mobile chip fragmentation issue

You may not care who makes the processing chip in your smartphone or tablet yet, but if chip makers have their way, you will in the future. Qualcomm is expanding its lineup of games exclusive to devices running on its Snapdragon processor, similar to Nvidia’s TegraZone.

Look Out Intel: Here Comes Qualcomm’s Next Super Chip

Qualcomm announced plans for the 2011 next-generation Snapdragon processor, making this year’s chips look stale. The new Snapdragon promises five-times-greater performance, a fourfold boost in graphics and multi-mode support for both 3G and LTE networks, all with a 75 percent reduction in power use.

With the Arrival of Mobile Dual-core Chips, Wintel Needs to Worry

The twin assault of powerful mobile chips such as Qualcomm’s new dual core Snapdragons and Google’s Android OS along with the looming spectre of tablets, growing demand for smartphones (and slow shift away from PCs), the decades-old Wintel duopoly is facing its worst crisis.