Qualcomm Scoops Up Digital Fountain
Qualcomm has purchased Digital Fountain, a company that makes and distributes IPTV and mobile video technology. Digital Fountain was a small company, and Qualcomm will add Digital Fountain's mobile video assets to its own. Qualcomm said that "seven key engineers that will continue to support the technology and existing Digital Fountain customers. The team will be located in Qualcomm's Santa Clara campus." The sale price was not disclosed. Qualcomm's own mobile video technology, MediaFLO, is used by AT&T and Verizon Wireless to provide their mobile TV offerings.
Qualcomm Debuts Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Tech
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Sense ID, a new fingerprint scanning technology that makes a 3D map of a fingerprint using ultrasonic technology. It's designed to integrate into phone bezels.
Qualcomm Talks Up Hexagon 680 Digital Signal Processor
Qualcomm today shared more information about the Hexagon 680 digital signal processor, a component that will be part of the forthcoming Snapdragon 820 application processor. Qualcomm says it relies on DSPs to offload some tasks from the main CPU in order to save power.
Xiaomi Licenses Qualcomm's 3G/4G Tech
Qualcomm today said it signed a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. Qualcomm said it has agreed to royalties that are inline with the terms set by China's National Reform and Development Commission.
Qualcomm to Sell Vuforia Augmented Reality Platform
Qualcomm today said it has agreed to sell its Vuforia business to a company called PTC. Vuforia was hatched five years ago as an augmented reality platform, giving mobile applications the ability to "see" and merge interactions between the physical and digital worlds.