Qualcomm Brings World’s First 48-Core 10nm Chip For Servers

Qualcomm Brings World’s First 48-Core 10nm Chip For Servers

Qualcomm Brings World’s First 48-Core 10nm Chip For Servers

Short Bytes: Qualcomm’s division for data center products has demonstrated their ARMv8-compliant server platform Centriq 2400 based on the 10nm fabrication process. The 48-core server SOC is available for sampling and it’s expected to hit the markets in second half of 2017.

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. – a part of Qualcomm – has started commercial sampling of the Qualcomm Centriq 2400, an ARMv8-based server processor that uses 10nm fabrication process.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 could get a big graphics boost over 821

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 could get a big graphics boost over 821

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 could get a big graphics boost over 821

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835 mobile processor a few weeks ago, but so far the company hasn’t offered any official info on its clock speed or graphics performance. However, new online benchmarking results may have provided some early information on those details.

The GFXBench site has recorded what appears to be the development board for the Snapdragon 835. Its numbers show that it has an octa-core design with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. However, the numbers for the processor’s Adreno 540 GPU may be more impressive. The benchmark indicates 30 percent better performance compared to the Adreno 530 that’s part of the current Snapdragon 821 processor.

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Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Mobile technology and chip design company Qualcomm confirmed on Thursday that it planned to buy NXP Semiconductor for an enterprise value of £38 billion ($47 billion)—eclipsing SoftBank’s recent mega bucks acquisition of British chip designer ARM Holdings.

It told Wall Street that the combined company expected to report annual sales of £24 billion ($30 billion), with plans to bullishly elbow its way into “leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF [radio frequency], and networking.”

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Qualcomm may face a 1 trillion won fine in Korea

Qualcomm may face a 1 trillion won fine in Korea

Qualcomm may face a 1 trillion won fine in Korea

After 17 months of investigation, the Fair Trade Commission of South Korea is set to fine Qualcomm up to 1 trillion won (around $900 million) for abusing its patents. The first verdict is slated to be revealed on the 20th of this month. If Qualcomm is found guilty, this will be the largest fine that the FTC has ever issued.

According to an FTC official, Qualcomm has apparently charged Korean manufacturers excessively high licensing fees, which violates the principle of fair market competition.

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Snapdragon 821 Released, Qualcomm’s Fastest Processor To Date

Snapdragon 821 Released, Qualcomm’s Fastest Processor To Date

Snapdragon 821 Released, Qualcomm’s Fastest Processor To Date

Short Bytes: Qualcomm has released its latest flagship mobile processor Snapdragon 821. This new chip will perform with a 10 percent faster speed as compared to Qualcomm’s previous offering. Apart from powering smartphones, this chip is also made to power VR headsets, drones, robots, and powerful tablets.

Unveiling the latest version of its flagship Snapdragon 820 line, Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon 821 processor–its fastest mobile processor yet. Snapdragon 821 is an upgrade to the Snapdragon 820, making a significant speed improvement of 10 percent and taking the chip’s clock speed to 2.4GHz.

As Intel is exiting the mobile chip market, Qualcomm is solidifying its position as the top vendor of smartphone chips. Apart from the improved battery life, the latest Snapdragon 821 processors also bring an added advantage of better app performance and power efficiency to the smartphones.

Apart from powering our future smartphones, this Kryo architecture-based release aims to cater the needs to drones, robots, virtual reality headsets, and powerful tablets.

If you’ve just grabbed new Snapdragon 820-powered smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5, you don’t need to feel cheated. Qualcomm has said that Snapdragon 821 is launched as a complementary product to extend the limits of its current technology.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 features multiple graphics enhancements. It’s now better-equipped with an ability to run Google’s DayDream mobile VR content. The chip also allows smartphones to process 4K videos that could be played on external displays.

Just like its predecessor, the new chip provides improved voice quality and comes with an inbuilt modem to deliver data speeds up to 600Mbps.

Qualcomm has said that commercial devices powered by Snapdragon 821 are slated to arrive in the second half of 2016.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 is 10 percent faster than the 820

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 821 is 10 percent faster than the 820

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 is 10 percent faster than the 820

Qualcomm has announced a new flagship mobile processor called the Snapdragon 821. The 821 is a slight update to the Snapdragon 820 that debuted in smartphones earlier this year and promises modest performance gains.

The 820 has been found in virtually every high-end Android smartphone this year, including Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the HTC 10, the LG G5, the OnePlus 3, and the Xiaomi Mi5. In our experience, we’ve found it to be quite a capable chip, with great performance and efficient power utilization. It’s a far cry from last year’s Snapdragon 810, which was plagued with performance and thermal issues.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will power the first Google Project Tango devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will power the first Google Project Tango devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will power the first Google Project Tango devices

For those not in the know, Project Tango is a Google initiative that seeks to bring specialized tech to smartphones that will allow them to have improved augmented reality capabilities. Although we had previously heard that Google was in cahoots with Movidius to bring Tango to the commercial market, Qualcomm has revealed that their technology will be what powers the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Project Tango device for the masses.

What’s more, Qualcomm is boasting that they’ve made improvements to their chips that enable them to run all the powerful functions of Tango with a less than 10 percent CPU overhead, compared to a normal app. Considering Tango employs three different cameras (an RGB camera, a tracking camera, and a depth sensor) while rendering live augmented reality on your phone’s display, this is a pretty impressive feat. Additionally, the company says that these computations are relatively easy on your battery life.

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Qualcomm responds to USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility concerns

Qualcomm responds to USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility concerns

Qualcomm responds to USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility concerns

Despite the fact that USB Type-C was designed to make life easier with its error-less insertion initiative – it’s symmetrical after all – there have been a number of concerning issues that have cropped up. One such support scandal surfaced yesterday involving not one, but two brand new flagship phones. Specifically, the HTC 10 and LG’s G5 have been discussed, though the issue itself can pertain to a larger spectrum of devices.

Simply put, there is concern that the Quick Charge 3.0 technology on-board these new smartphones is incompatible with the charging standards of USB Type-C 3.1 specifications, which state that the port’s Vbus line should be held between 4.45 and 5.25 volts. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, however, works by increasing the voltage to 9 or 12 volts, which clearly breaches the port’s baseline specifications. The nitty-gritty can be found in our coverage here.

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Qualcomm promises gigabit LTE speeds with its new Snapdragon X16 modem

Qualcomm promises gigabit LTE speeds with its new Snapdragon X16 modem

Qualcomm promises gigabit LTE speeds with its new Snapdragon X16 modem

Qualcomm’s lead in the mobile SoC and modem market is no longer as unassailable as it once was, but the company continues to be out in front when it comes to pushing new LTE technologies. Case in point: its new Snapdragon X16 modem, which together with the WTR5975 transceiver boasts Category 16 LTE download speeds of up to 1Gbps. Most of today’s phones top out at 300Mbps or 450Mbps, and the upcoming Snapdragon 820 will only go up to 600Mbps. The X16 will also support upload speeds of up to 150Mbps, which is equal to or only slightly higher than upload rates supported by current LTE modems.

Most recent LTE speed increases have come via carrier aggregation, which essentially combines multiple chunks of spectrum across multiple antennas to improve bandwidth. Most of today’s high-end phones use two or three chunks of 20MHz spectrum to achieve download speeds of up to 300 or 450Mbps, respectively. The Snapdragon X12 achieves its 600Mbps speeds by using three chunks of 20MHz spectrum plus a higher 256-QAM rather than 64-QAM, increasing the amount of data that can be transmitted over the same link from 75Mbps to 100Mbps (albeit at the cost of higher interference). The X16 uses a combination of technologies to hit its 1Gbps theoretical peak. From the press release:

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Qualcomm now facing EU anti-trust charges as well

Qualcomm now facing EU anti-trust charges as well

Qualcomm now facing EU anti-trust charges as well

Over the years, more than one American based company (and plenty of European ones, too) have come under fire in the EU for violation of antitrust law with famous examples including Microsoft and, more recently, Google. Now Qualcomm is facing a few problems of its own as European regulators have accused the chip giant of bribery and other anti-competitive practices.

According to the European Commission, they have reason to believe that Qualcomm is guilty of illegally paying a large sum of cash to an unnamed “major customer” in order to convince them to exclusively use Qualcomm chip. In addition, Qualcomm is said to have purposely sold many of its chips at under cost with the sole aim of forcing smaller European competitor Icera out of business – a company that has since been purchased by NVIDIA.

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