AMD this week confirmed the rumored departure of Eric Demers, Corporate Vice President and CTO of the Sunnyvale chip maker's graphics division, who is leaving the company to "pursue other opportunities." Demers is a long time veteran in the graphics business. He hooked up with ATI back in 2000, stayed with the firm when it was bought out by AMD, and held a number of positions through the years before becoming CTO and VP of AMD's Graphics Business.
Qualcomm mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoC) power many of the smartphones and tablets on the market today, and that’s why the upcoming Snapdragon S4 part is such a bug deal. This chip has a complete core redesign using Qualcomm’s custom ARM-compatible Krait core and speedy Adreno 225 GPU. Some early graphical benchmarks have showed up online, and appear to confirm that this is going to be one fast chip.
They say the grass is always greener on the other side, and a pair of announcements from CES seem to give that old cliché some credence. Qualcomm, a major player in the mobile chip market, wants to break into PCs by stocking thin-and-light Ultrabook-style notebooks with its Snapdragon processor, while Intel’s CEO spent part of his keynote address boasting than the company has inked deals with Lenovo and Motorola to power future generations of smartphones with Atom chips.
For those of us with pets, the animal is nearly as much a part of the family as any human. Losing that pet—whether it runs away, becomes lost, or is stolen—can be as tragic as losing any other member of the family.
Implanting a microchip in your pet might help you recover it, but only if the animal shows up at a facility—such as the pound or the Humane Society—that’s equipped with a scanner. Snaptracs, a division of the mobile-technology behemoth Qualcomm—promises a much better solution: A $100 GPS device that attaches to the pet’s collar, so you can instantly locate your pet anywhere on the planet (there’s also a $8 per-month subscription fee after the first month). You can add up to nine additional pets to the subscription plan for $1 per month, plus the cost of each Tagg tracker.
Windows 8 will be the first version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system to support ARM-based chips. When you’re asked to imagine ARM-based devices running Windows 8, isn’t it hard to think beyond tablets? But that is not the case with NVIDIA and Qualcomm, who are said to be banking on the Windows on ARM (WoA) platform to make a dent in the notebook market.
Next year is going to be a busy one for Qualcomm. The mobile chip maker announced a whole bunch of new Snapdragon chipsets, including several upgraded parts designed for entry-level smartphones transitioning from 2G to 3G. Along with higher end chips for feature-rich smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm is also making a push into Windows 8 PCs.
When NFL quarterbacks win the Super Bowl, they take a break and drag their families down to Disney World (at least if you believe the post-game commercials). Well, mobile chip-maker Qualcomm just nailed the business version of the game winning touchdown, posting a year-over-year revenue of nearly $15 billion. So what is it doing next? The company wants to go somewhere new, too, but it isn’t a pleasure trip – Qualcomm wants to head to tablets, PCs and notebooks.
Qualcomm came out ahead of what analysts had expected for the mobile chip maker's fourth fiscal quarter ended September 25, 2011. The San Diego-based company saw its revenues jump 14 percent sequentially to $4.12 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter, and 39 percent year-over-year with revenues of $14.96 billion. As the smartphone market continues to grow, Qualcomm keeps on reaping the rewards.
Nvidia recently shed some more light on its upcoming Tegra 3/Kal-El system-on-chip (SoC), revealing the presence of a fifth core in what was considered to be a quad-core chip until then. But unlike the Santa Clara-based graphics company, not everyone is focusing on squeezing in more and more processor cores into their mobile chips. Qualcomm, for one, has very different plans.
You know what really sucks about being locked into a two-year service contract with your wireless carrier? It's seeing all these new fangled smartphones come out, ones with features that weren't available when you jumped in. Bought a Motorola Droid X2? That's great, now the Droid Bionic is here, and it supports 4G LTE. Rocking a dual-core 1.2GHz processor? Awesome, except that tomorrow's phones will kick things up to 2.5GHz and four cores!