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Latest on Chipset: QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM) & Intel Corporation (INTC) on Wearable Devices, Broadcom Corporation (BRCM)’s Win

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

Qualcomm Is Seeding Market for the Smart Watch (CIO Today)
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is indeed seeding the market for wearable computers strapped on the wrist, and its smart watch is far more advanced — yet also far more expensive — than early competing products from Sony and others. The San Diego-based supplier of wireless Relevant Products/Services chip technology is trying to jump-start the market for smart watches that’s also reportedly being targeted by Apple and Google, as well as big handset makers. Scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter, the product will be priced at $300 to $350, compared with an average of $125 for Sony’s SmartWatch and $150 for the Pebble, made by a start-up of the same name. Samsung Galaxy Gear was unveiled Wednesday.


Intel Debuts Quark Low-Power Chips for Wearable Devices (Bloomberg)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), struggling to break into the market for mobile phones and tablets, said it has a new range of processors aimed at wearable devices such as smartwatches. The line of chips, called Quark, is designed to draw little battery power and fit in small devices, Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said at a company conference today in San Francisco. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) wants its chips to be part of the growing market for gadgets that can be worn and used for fitness, computing and other tasks. Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and other companies have released wearable products. Google Inc., whose Android operating system runs most of the world’s smartphones, is promoting the use of its computing eyewear, called Glass.

Broadcom Wins D-Link For Wi-Fi Access Point Design (
Irvine-based chip maker Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) announced a design win this morning, saying that D-Link has selected its processors and systems-on-a-chip for a new, Wi-Fi enterprise access point. Broadcom said that D-Link will use its Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) StrataGX and 5G Wi-Fi systems-on-a-chip to power the new, 802.11ac bWi-Fi access point. Shipment volumes and expected financial impact were not announced.

Qualcomm creates 100 jobs at Cork base (
US technology company QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is creating 100 high-end jobs at its base in Mahon, Co Cork. The company is beginning the recruitment process immediately and is looking for engineers in particular. Qualcomm, which is based in San Diego, is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next generation wireless technologies. The company has a 50% share in the smartphone chip market and employs 26,600 people worldwide. The news jobs are being supported by the IDA.

Intel CEO gives peek into laptop future with Broadwell chip (PCWorld)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) provided a glimpse into the PC future by showing off a laptop based on the Broadwell architecture that is faster and more battery-friendly than current ones based on Haswell processors. During a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed the thin-and-light laptop running a gaming application, and it looked much like the Ultrabooks currently available from top PC makers. Core chips based on Broadwell will be 30 percent more power efficient and faster than their Haswell counterparts, Krzanich said. Analysts have estimated CPU performance improvements in Haswell at 10 percent to 20 percent compared to previous Ivy Bridge chips.

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