Amazon's entry into the games console market could have a huge impact on Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia and AMD, as well as help to establish Qualcomm as the Intel of the post-PC era.
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With all the major PC players looking to diversify beyond desktops, notebooks, and servers, AMD has hired two engineers who both used to work at the company before moving on to Apple and Qualcomm.
Despite seven of the world's top ten semiconductor suppliers feeling the pinch, Qualcomm has seen a significant increase in revenue thanks to the shift from the PC to post-PC devices.
Qualcomm's CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs predicts that computing environments are going to follow the pattern of smartphones, such as always on and always connected interfaces.
At Mobile World Congress, the chips that power mobile devices are getting as much attention as the gadgets themselves. Over the past week Broadcom, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have announced new chips that look more like PC processors.
Looks like several reporters at Computex Taipei 2009 have noticed an Asus Eee PC netbook that had the Google Android operating system installed and a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU under the hood.Qualcomm was behind the system, designed to demonstrate its low-power Snapdragon platform, which can support 720p video, a 12MP camera and 1280x720 WXGA resolution.
Qualcomm said Tuesday that it has acquired "certain graphics and multimedia technology assets" from AMD's handheld business.The acquisition (statement) was only for $65 million so we're not talking a huge deal, but what used to constitute AMD's handheld business is off the chipmaker's books as it focuses on its core PC and graphics semiconductor markets.
Here's a picture of Kayak, the "PC alternative" for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini--bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse--and the OLPC's XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.
Qualcomm on Wednesday entered the Internet device market with a "PC alternative" designed to give netbooks some competition in emerging markets.The device, dubbed Kayak, is designed to use 3G wireless connectivity and be completely free of landlines and other accessories to connect to the Internet.
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According to the Associated Press, a portable computer belonging to Qualcomm Inc. founder and Chairman Irwin Jacobs -- which apparently contained valuablecompany secrets -- disappeared from a hotel conference room momentsafter he addressed a national business journalists' meeting.
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