Qualcomm has slimmed down its ultrasound pen, making the sonic stylus potentially fit inside a Galaxy Note 3-scale smartphone for more portable use. The pen, which uses sound tracking to deliver a tablet stylus with better accuracy than the average digitizer, has been trimmed in its latest iteration, now sized to fit inside the silo in a phone rather than in a tablet portfolio.
Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.
The screaming in the stadium is so loud, I can hardly hear the announcer. Enthusiasm spills from the stands in waves; only gets louder when President Obama appears on the big screen for an unexpected address. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis isn’t playing host to the Rams as usual, however; instead, the seats are filled with row after row of students from K-3 up to high school age, all here for the FIRST Championship 2014. Brainchild of Dean Kamen - better known perhaps for being the father of the Segway - this is no ordinary robotics competition.
Qualcomm has spun off Gimbal, its location-based services system compatible with Apple's iBeacon, into a standalone company, offering retailers, entertainment venues, and businesses proximity-sensing and geofencing. The independent Gimbal, Inc. will push what Qualcomm described as "the digital sixth sense", feeding personalized information to users iOS and Android devices based on where they are in stores or stadium.
Qualcomm has announced its two latest CPUs for mobile devices including the Snapdragon 810 and 808. Both of the processors are 64-bit enabled and have integrated support for CAT 6 LTE Advanced/Carrier Aggregation up to 60 MHz. That tech means that the chips both support connectivity at up to 300 Mbps. Qualcomm says that these CPUs are the first to offer Cat 6 LTE, advanced multimedia features, and 64-bit capability in a single design.
Qualcomm today announced a new change up in its business management, ushering in a new CEO to take the place of Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, who has now become the company's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement was made during Qualcomm's Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.
We've seen some fast smartphones here at MWC 2014 but they're going to get even faster if Qualcomm has its way, with the launch of the new Snapdragon 801. Promising a 14-percent boost in processor performance, 28-percent faster graphics, and 45-percent speedier camera sensor processing over the existing Snapdragon 800, the new SoC is set to show up in devices on shelves before the end of March 2014.
With the mobile chip wars slowly heading towards the 64-bit architecture, it was only a matter of time before MediaTek outed its own budget-conscious offering. But the newly unveiled MT6732 doesn't just have a 64-bit CPU, it also boasts of support for the latest connectivity technologies and multimedia formats.
This week Microsoft’s miniature press conference at Mobile World Congress 2014 had Joe Belfiore speaking up about a variety of topics, not least of all changes in requirements for Windows Phone. In addition to suggesting that in the future, manufacturers would not need to include a physical camera button to create a Windows Phone device, Belfiore suggested that a number of new Qualcomm processors would be able to work with Windows Phone in the near future.
Trying to perhaps avoid a large media backlash, Qualcomm has rather silently announced its decision to not push through with its Snapdragon 802 processor. This statement comes just a month after the chip maker unveiled at CES 2014 the chip that will drive its formal venture into the realm of Smart TVs.