Nvidia’s acquisition of Icera on Monday for $367m completes the chipmaker’s transition from a PC-focused graphics chipmaker to one built to challenge in the post-PC world that Apple likes to talk about so much.
It also deals another blow to Texas Instruments, once the leading wireless chipmaker but now one that prefers to emphasise its strength in analogue chips. Read more
Aside from the flashy phones and tablets unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, chipmakers have been giving us a taste of things to come with announcements on future technologies such as quad-core mobile chips, new user interfaces and breathtaking graphics capabilities. A summary of the news from Qualcomm, Marvell and Nvidia, as well as a note on the serious lack of any major news from Intel, follows. Read more
Microsoft and Intel’s close bonds on the operating system and processor that dominate PCs became known as the Wintel partnership, but Wincomm is now the name of the game on mobile phones.
All nine Windows Phone 7 smartphones announced globally on Monday will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets and the two companies are making much of the exclusivity. Read more
Attendees at the high-nerd-quotient International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week have been getting a sexy preview of what’s in store at the more mainstream Mobile World Congress phone show in Barcelona next week.
Texas Instruments has been showing how phones will have gesture capabilities as they take advantage of more powerful processors such as TI’s forthcoming Omap 4. Read more