Qualcomm Buys Part of AMD's Mobile Chip Business
Today Qualcomm announced that it has acquired certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, intellectual property and resources that were formerly the basis of AMD's handheld business. The new multimedia technologies should allow Qualcomm to improve its ability to provide 2D and 3D graphics features, as well as better audio/video and display support. Qualcomm is paying AMD $65 million for the assets, and has made offers of employment to the AMD personnel involved in developing these technologies. AMD said the sale will allow it to focus better on its core business of creating x86 computing and high-end graphics chips.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.
Nvidia to Wind Down LTE Modem Business
Nvidia said it plans to cease chasing the LTE mobile business by the middle of 2016. Nvidia purchased a company called Icera in 2011 with the intent of integrating its own application processors with Icera's LTE modems so it could better compete with Qualcomm.
Apple Files Yet Another Lawsuit Against Qualcomm
Apple is taking Qualcomm to court in the U.K. over patent-licensing fees.
Qualcomm Refreshes Adreno GPUs and ISP Tech
Qualcomm today announced its next-generation graphics chips, which it claims deliver significant performance improvements compared to the previous generation. The company also showed off new image signal processing technology that will boost smartphones' imaging abilities.
Qualcomm to Hold Onto Chip Biz for the Time Being
Qualcomm does not plan to sell off its mobile chip business, according to Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs. Investors have been putting pressure on Qualcomm to spin off the unit, which one called "worthless." Some would prefer that Qualcomm operate strictly as a patent-licensing business.
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