In a recent announcement, chip manufacturer Qualcomm has introduced the latest iteration of its immersive technology, the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2. Boasting advancements in mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR), the new chipset is set to power future VR innovations from tech giants Samsung and Google.
Nvidia, the graphics processing unit heavyweight, plans to enter Intel’s domain with ARM-based chips tailor-made for Windows PCs, according to insiders. AMD, another significant player in this space, is also reportedly considering ARM technology. This move, potentially hitting the market by 2025, has been stimulated by Microsoft’s interest in duplicating the efficiency of Apple’s ARM-use in AI processing. Yet, Nvidia’s past attempt to acquire ARM was thwarted by regulators, putting the company’s motives under scrutiny as the PC CPU sector braces for potential disruption.
Reports indicate covert Huawei involvement in the establishment of chip plants to bypass US export controls. These allegations stem from Huawei’s shift to predominantly Chinese suppliers due to trade restrictions, despite their struggle to match the performance of manufacturers like TSMC and Samsung. Amidst ongoing US-China tensions, this move could potentially provoke a stronger stance from the US against sanction violators, reshaping the telecommunications landscape.
The Biden Administration’s ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure plan injects considerable capital into US chip production, with the aim of bolstering national security and reducing reliance on foreign manufacturers. Last year, the US produced only 12% of the world’s chips, highlighting a dependency on international manufacturers, primarily in Asia. Intel emerges as a key beneficiary of this investment, declaring over $43.5 billion towards manufacturing units across the US. Yet, for some companies, the journey remains fraught with caution as they await the federal funding.
Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has reported its lowest operating profit in 14 years for the April to June quarter. The decline is attributed to the ongoing downturn in the memory chip market. While the precise details are yet to be disclosed, analysts expect the chip division’s poor performance to be the primary cause.
Nvidia’s groundbreaking Grace Hopper superchip, now in full production, aims to revolutionize generative AI applications and transform various industries, from telecommunications to automotive. Merging advanced CPU and GPU capabilities, it offers improved infrastructure while addressing Open RAN architecture debates.
China sanctions US chipmaker Micron citing national security concerns, escalating tensions between the two nations. With implications for the IT and telecom sectors, alternatives may emerge from market leaders, fueling ongoing retaliation. How will this play out in the tech industry?
After the British Competition & Market Authority (CMA) uncovered and voiced severe competition concerns, the planned 40-billion-dollar merger between American chipmaker Nvidia and Arm is at risk. The CMA has expressed apprehension that the proposed relationship between Nvidia and the UK chip specialist Arm might be motivated by and be able to limit or even restrict access to the intellectual property (IP) of Arm. Currently, this technology is utilized to make semiconductor chips by firms that compete with Nvidia. The potential absence of competition could interfere with innovation in various industries, including data centers and the Internet of Things (IoT). This might lead to products that are more costly or of reduced quality. The CEO of the CMA Andrea Coscelli said: “We’re concerned that Nvidia controlling Arm could create real problems for NVIDIA’s rivals by limiting their access to key technologies, and ultimately stifling innovation across a…
The American mobile chip making giant, Qualcomm, is trying to persuade the US government to allow them to sell its chips to Huawei for their 5G smartphones. According to reports, Qualcomm selling its 5G chips to the Chinese multinational technology company might end up helping American business. The US trade ban on Huawei has severely affected the manufacturer’s inventories. When the US increased sanctions against Huawei in May, it was immediately clear that it would be a huge blow to the Chinese seller, as the company would no longer be able to use components from US suppliers. In fact, the impact of sanctions quickly proved to be as expected. Just last week, Huawei announced that its latest flagship smartphone, Huawei Mate 40, would be the last model to use high-end Kirin processors manufactured by its subsidiary HiSilicon. The US trade ban on Huawei will not prevent the…
Even though fifth generation mobile communications technology is set to go mainstream, 4G, also known as LTE, isn’t going away any time soon. With this in mind, it is not surprising that manufacturers of telecom equipment continue to develop 4G-focused smartphone processors. US-based Qualcomm Technologies has launched three new Snapdragon mobile platforms aimed at 4G smartphone manufacturing companies. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 chipsets have been created to enhance user experiences across connectivity, gaming and entertainment applications. In a statement, the company said that these new mobile platforms provide high-speed 4G connectivity, deliver key Wi-Fi 6 features and integrated Bluetooth 5.1 with advanced audio via the Qualcomm FastConnect 6-series subsystems, support Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve location positioning accuracy and reliability, and are the first system-on-chip products to support Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) satellite positioning system. Qualcomm said the new Snapdragon platforms also…