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Chipset News: Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM)’s Plan, Intel Corporation (INTC) & Broadcom Corporation (BRCM)’s Rebound

Editor’s Note: QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM)

Qualcomm wants to reduce smartphone prices in Kenya (Telecompaper)
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is working on a plan that will push the prices of quality smartphones in Kenya to KES 4,000 and ensure mobile manufacturers ship around 800 million affordable smartphone to the region by 2015, the Daily Nation reported. Qualcomm will design handset software and then give the software for handset manufacturers to design the cover. Qualcomm business director Billy Owino said this will ensure prices fall. All manufacturers then need to do is choose their preferred applications and cover model for their devices in order to create their identity. Qualcomm is already working with Samsung, LG, Huawei, Techno and Nokia.

Intel Corporation (INTC)

November 16th Options Now Available For Qualcomm (QCOM) (Forbes)
Investors in QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) saw new options begin trading today, for the November 16th expiration. One of the key data points that goes into the price an option buyer is willing to pay, is the time value, so with 88 days until expiration the newly trading contracts represent a potential opportunity for sellers of puts or calls to achieve a higher premium than would be available for the contracts with a closer expiration. At Stock Options Channel, our YieldBoost formula has looked up and down the QCOM options chain for the new November 16th contracts and identified one put and one call contract of particular interest.

Analyst: Intel’s new multimode LTE chip won’t make Qualcomm sweat – this year (Fierce Wireless)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will begin shipping its first multimode LTE modem chipset later this month, but the silicon giant has a long way to go to catch up with competitors who are already ahead in mobile, most notably QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).

Calls look for Broadcom to bounce (Potion Monster)
Traders are betting on a rebound in Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), which has been sliding since its earnings report last month. optionMONSTER’s Heat Seeker system showed heavy buying in the September 26 calls, where the largest blocks were bought for $0.64 and $0.65. More than 10,139 of the calls traded in volume that was double the previous open interest of 5,043, indicating that new positions were established.

ASUS first to arrive with motherboard packing Intel’s 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 (Engadget)
The ink is still fresh on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s formal blessing of Thunderbolt 2, and as promised, there’s already a product on the market from perennial early bird ASUS. The Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX is the first motherboard to pack the tech, which combines four of the original 10Gbps Thunderbolt channels into two bi-directional 20Gbps ports. That’s four times the speed of USB 3.0 if you’re keeping score at home, allowing two 4K displays to be driven at once, or faster-than-SATA-6 SSD speeds, for instance. Otherwise, it’s as well-equipped as you’d expect from a bleeding edge mainboard, with 4th-gen Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) (Haswell) CPU support, 10 SATA-6 ports, 8 USB 3.0 ports, and 3 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 16 slots. There’s no pricing or availability yet, though Thunderbolt-equipped motherboards tend to be expensive. Still, if you wear the “early adopter” name-tag with pride, hit the PR after the break.

Analyze the Analysts! (CNBC)

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