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Qualcomm takes low-price LTE fight to MediaTek with Snapdragon 210

Cheap as chips

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has launched a new SoC designed to be used in ‘entry-level’ mobile devices. The Snapdragon 210 supports LTE Cat 4 carrier aggregation and has a quad-core CPU and is positioned to take on MediaTek in the booming sub-$200 smartphone market.

Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The 'smartwatch'

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable

LTE Broadcast can be combined with other services, such as Google Maps

Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.

BBC, EE demo ‘buffering-free’ broadcast over LTE

The BBC is trialling multicast technology

As spectrum efficiency becomes ever more important, UK public broadcaster the BBC is teaming up with equipment vendors Huawei and Qualcomm and mobile operator EE to demonstrate the benefits that multicast 4G broadcast can offer compared with unicast streaming.

Qualcomm to spin off LBS subsidiary

Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions subsidiary will be spun off into an independent standalone company

Chipmaker Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions subsidiary will be spun off into an independent standalone company, following an agreement signed between the firm and a group of third party investors. The investors will gain a controlling interest in Qualcomm Retail Solutions, which will be renamed Gimbal, taking the name of the unit’s context aware proximity platform.

Huawei halves LTE voice call setup time

China Mobile has teamed up with infrastructure vendor Huawei to demonstrate the world’s first international VoLTE HD voice and video calls between a TDD LTE network and a FDD LTE network

Chinese vendor Huawei said it has completed an interoperability test for an “ultra-flash” circuit-switched fallback solution that shortens the time it takes to switch from the LTE network to 2G in order to set up a voice call by 50 per cent.

Fon raises $14m funding from investors

Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from a range of investors

Wifi hotspot provider Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from several investors. It would not disclose how much each investor contributed but said that chip maker Qualcomm contributed the largest share of the total. Tech giant Google and European operator group Deutsche Telekom also contributed to the funding, along with venture capital firms Index Ventures, Coral and Atomico.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Paul Jacobs to step down as Qualcomm CEO

Dr Paul Jacobs has stepped down as CEO and will become executive chairman at Qualcomm

The CEO at chip maker Qualcomm has stepped down from his role. Dr Paul Jacobs will assume the role of executive chairman at the firm and will help guide development of new technology. COO Steve Mollenkopf has been promoted to CEO-elect, president of the company and appointed to the board of directors. On March 4, following Qualcomm’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he will become CEO, replacing Jacobs.

Qualcomm faces China probe

The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law

The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law.

Qualcomm adds Chinese GPS support to smartphones

Avonline to deliver 20 Mbps satellite broadband

Chipmaker Qualcomm has added support for China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system to its solutions. The vendor said that using BeiDou will enhance location precision in smartphones and tablets in China and globally.

Qualcomm acquires Artemis assets, targets STB business

Arteris has sold some of its  IP assets to Qualcomm

Chip maker Qualcomm has acquired certain technology assets from network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP specialist Arteris for an undisclosed sum. The firm has also hired personnel formerly employed by Arteris.

Qualcomm IP licensing architect to retire

Steve Altman

Qualcomm vice chairman, Steve Altman, is to retire from the firm January 3, 2014, but will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the company.

Qualcomm recruits former US ambassador to China

Former US ambassador to China Clark Randt has joined Qualcomm's Board of Directors

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.

Broadband Infovision Awards: Broadband Home Award

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With less than a month to go until the Broadband Infovision Awards in Amsterdam, we look at this year’s shortlisted entries – starting with the category probably closest to the consumer’s heart – the Broadband Home Award.

Qualcomm provides wireless charging tech to electric race cars

Qualcomm has become an official founding technology partner of the FIA Formula E Championship

Chip maker Qualcomm has become an official founding technology partner of the FIA Formula E Championship; the new international championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

Smartwatch launches signal new device segment

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch

Samsung and Qualcomm have both announced smart watch products as the nascent companion device category begins to gather momentum.

Vendors team with Facebook to drive connectivity in developing world

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facebook-bigFacebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm: “The defining challenge of LTE in 2013 will be band fragmentation”

Ben Timmons, Senior Director Business Development, Qualcomm

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Ben Timmons, Senior Director, Business Development for Qualcomm, winners of the category, ‘Best Chipset / Processor Product’ with its Qualcomm- RF360 Front End Solution.

Qualcomm acquires stake in Alcatel-Lucent; forges R&D partnership

AT&T has acquired Alltel

Chip maker Qualcomm has struck an R&D partnership with infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent as well as acquiring a stake in the equipment manufacturer.

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