US chip vendor Intel has confirmed its designs on the burgeoning smartphone space with the unveiling of its latest Atom processor – the Z6xx – formerly known as ‘Moorestown’.
Handset giant Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR’s handset technology development business in a deal worth $310m. The acquisition is part of Samsung’s “complete platform strategy”, according to analysts, as the Korean vendor looks to cut its dependency on external silicon suppliers.
Silicon players Intel and Nvidia have agreed to end all outstanding legal disputes in a deal that will see Intel pay graphics specialist Nvidia $1.5bn as part of a six-year cross-licensing agreement. Intel will make the payments in five annual instalments, beginning January 18th. Intel gets a licence to Nvidia patents, while Nvidia gets limited access to Intel’s portfolio, wtih x86 not covered by the deal. Intel’s flash memory products are also excluded from the agreement.