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  • man_of_troy_rules man_of_troy_rules Jan 9, 2013 12:10 AM Flag

    Qualcomm Upgrades Mobile Chip Lineup Fending Off Intel Challenge

    Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the largest maker of mobile-phone chips, will accelerate the introduction of faster semiconductors to put more pressure on Intel Corp. (INTC) and Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), which are targeting the wireless market.
    Chief Executive Officer Paul Jacobs is showing off the new Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors today in a keynote speech opening the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The chips, which will make their way into phones and tablets by the middle of this year, perform 75 percent faster, according to Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf.
    San Diego-based Qualcomm climbed IHS iSuppli’s rankings of the largest chipmakers in 2012, jumping three places to trail only Intel and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) by revenue. Benefiting from surging demand for mobile phones, Qualcomm has amassed a 42 percent slice of the mobile-application processor market, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics.
    “The pace of mobile is really accelerating and we think we’re driving it,” Mollenkopf said in an interview. “The game is getting more challenging, and the benefit to the consumer is that you’re going to see much more exciting devices in the market.”
    Mollenkopf said that Qualcomm, which licenses ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology and designs its own processors, is able to beat its competitors on efficiency, delivering the same performance with half the power in a phone or tablet. The new chips are already in 50 different handsets and mobile computers, he said.
    Mobile Lineup
    The new 800-series chip has four processors, each capable of running as fast as 2.3 gigahertz, the company said. It also offers the ability to integrate the latest cellular modem standard, called long term evolution, or LTE, something that no other manufacturer can do, according to Mollenkopf.
    Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung is the second-largest maker of applications processors, since it supplies Apple Inc. (AAPL) and manufactures the Exynos chip for its own handsets. It’s also one of Qualcomm’s largest customers.
    Intel, the largest maker of processors for computers, got its start in phone processors last year, featured in smartphones from Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility Holdings and Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) The company has yet to grab more than one percent of the mobile processor market.

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