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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 660 And Snapdragon 630 — Two Upper Mid-Tier SoCs

Qualcomm has just unveiled two new mobile platforms: the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. These two new SoCs are designed to be used in upper mid-range devices but still provide flagship-tier performance with improved connectivity and faster charging. Back in November, Qualcomm announced its most powerful SoC yet - the Snapdragon 835. This chipset introduced Quick Charge...

AOSP Code Commit Suggests Muskie, Walleye and Taimen will Sport the Snapdragon 835

Earlier this year, a rumor started circulating that allegedly revealed what is said to be the codenames for the three upcoming smartphones that Google is currently working on. Muskie and Walleye have been reported to be the successors to the Pixel phones, which will presumably be called the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. This...

Facebook and Qualcomm Announce Collaboration to Support Optimization of Caffe2 and Snapdragon NPE

At the ongoing Facebook F8 conference, Facebook and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to support the optimization of Caffe2 and the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software framework. Caffe is a deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. It was released under the FreeBSD license, which allows for commercial use, modifications, and...

BlackBerry Awarded $814.89M in Arbitration Against Qualcomm

Qualcomm has a very large number of patents under its belt. Many think that Qualcomm makes all of its money from their SoCs, but a big chunk of their yearly profits actually comes from the company licensing their IP to others. Like other companies, Qualcomm puts these patents up on display and the Qualcomm Patent Wall is...

Qualcomm Receives Antitrust Approval for $47 Billion Acquisition of NXP Semiconductors

The biggest acquisition in the semiconductor industry has received approval from U.S. Antitrust Regulators, allowing Qualcomm to go ahead and acquire NXP Semiconductors for $47 Billion. The waiting period required for companies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR) has expired, as Reuters quotes from Qualcomm. The HSR Act stipulates that parties must not complete certain mergers...

Intel Claims its Next 10nm Chips Will Be a “Generation Ahead” of Samsung

While the spotlight today is on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Intel is trying to one-up Samsung in an area where they fiercely compete. Intel's fabrication process has been strong, but 10nm chips have seemingly taken the company longer than expected. However, Intel claims that its long-delayed 10nm Cannon Lake chips will be a...

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform Brings LTE Connectivity to Feature Phones

With the rapid proliferation of smartphones, it is easy to forget that feature phones exist. For many people in regions like India, South East Asia and Latin America, a feature phone is the only means of communication available. While the market for these phones does continue shrinking as smartphones become cheaper and income levels rise, they...

Samsung Says They’re On Track to Ramp-up Production of the 10nm FinFET Process

There's been a lot of talk within the mobile community about how Samsung is doing with their 10nm FinFET process. This is what will be used to manufacture the upcoming Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm, as well as their own Exynos 8895 chip. We first heard about this issue a couple of weeks ago when...

Qualcomm Adopts New Naming Structure Across its Product Suite

Qualcomm Technologies is rolling out changes to its product branding and positioning to better describe and differentiate their products and technology solutions. The first of these changes comes in the form of how the "Qualcomm Snapdragon" brand is applied to their product solutions. The branding "Snapdragon" came to be associated with the word "processor" over the...

Unnamed Motorola Phone Sports the Snapdragon 835, Demoes Sprint’s Gigabit LTE

Due to some production limitations of the Snapdragon 835 this early in the year, a lot of the smartphones showcased at MWC 2017 were using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC. Many were upset at the news that LG's main flagship of the year would be using an SoC from last year. They were essentially forced into...

MWC 2017: How the Snapdragon 835’s Absence Stole the Show

Qualcomm has made a name for itself in the smartphone industry: being the most reputable Android SoC provider for years now, Qualcomm has a sort of hold on the mobile device market few outside of Apple can lay claim to. It is no wonder either. Qualcomm chips are powering mobile devices at almost every price range, wearables...

EFIDroid: A Second-Stage Bootloader Using UEFI Firmware to Multiboot [XDA Spotlight]

Dual booting and multi-ROM implementations have been a major challenge for Android developers for quite some time. Previous solutions have typically needed substantial device-specific development and further support from ROM developers. Even then, they’re often more complicated than they’re worth for the average ROM user. EFIDroid seeks to remedy all of this. Formerly known as GRUB4Android,...