Can Qualcomm Compete As Smartphones Become Computers?

Our mobile devices are getting smarter, faster and mimicking the functionality of a full-fledged PC. As the top wireless chipmaker, Qualcomm has long been the "Intel inside" for mobile phones. But can it compete against a host of new processors with better graphics and more performance?…

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Squeezed Cell Networks Lead to Dealmaking

Today Pulsus and SpiderCloud, two startups making hardware for the mobile industry, scored investments. As users, application developers and carriers bump up against the technical constraints around mobile broadband's popularity, expect more and more hardware investments and dealmaking in the mobile semiconductor and equipment worlds.…

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Does Location Need a Special Purpose Device?

A patent filed by Qualcomm suggests that location could be tied to a module that you could use with whatever device you want. That means location on your phone, iPod or netbook whenever you bother to insert the module. But apps makers are skeptical.…

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Qualcomm Leapfrogs Intel With 28-Nano Chips

As part of Qualcomm's effort to gain an edge over Intel, the wireless chip giant plans to skip the current cutting-edge technology and go straight to making 28-nanometer chips. If done well, Qualcomm's chips will perform better and cost less, giving it an advantage.…

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Marvell to Make Future Phones Run Faster

Marvell Technology said today that it’s figured out a way to deliver the first-ever quad-core ARM-based application processor for cell phones and other mobile devices. More cores equals more performance -- Marvell says its quad-core ARM chips will deliver “gigahertz-plus” performance.…

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Viva La Wi-Fi!

Wi-Fi was hot last year and it's only getting hotter in 2010 as the availability of personal hotspots such as the Mi-Fi and the rise of the Direct Wi-Fi standard mean that putting a Wi-Fi chip in anything makes the device more useful.…

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Can the Cloud Help Drive Mobile TV Adoption?

The mobile TV market has been a disappointment for years, but emerging efforts from cable companies and content providers to make entertainment available everywhere via the web may finally drive adoption. Will next year finally be the year for mobile television?…

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Google Chrome OS & What It Means For Future of Computing

Google's Chrome OS may or may not make it, but the attempt shows how far the computer industry has come from a bulky PC chained to a desk by its power cord and Ethernet cable. The computer is evolving from those dinosaurs to a smaller, mobile model that is always connected to the web. The iPhone brought us apps that are lightweight so users don't get bogged down by smaller processors and slower wireless web connections on mobile devices. Google's Chrome OS attempts to keep that speed, while preserving a platform for Google to make money through advertising.…

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