Chipset News Highlights: QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM)’s Vehicle-Tracking Platform, Intel Corporation (INTC)’s Perceptual Computing, Broadcom Corporation (BRCM) CEO on Wearable Market

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

Keep on truckin’… Qualcomm sells OmniTRACS for $800m (The Register)
Chip designer QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) has sold off the product which made its name; the OmniTRACS vehicle-tracking platform which has been keeping truckers on the leash for 25 years. The market-leading vehicle management platform – certainly in the United States – OmniTRACS uses satellite communications to track and connect fleet vehicles, mostly trucks.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)

Intel readying computers to read our faces — and hands (The Times of Israel)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), the hardware company whose processors and chips are almost ubiquitous, sees software in its future. It’s a future that involves users interacting directly with computers, using gestures, voice and even eye tracking. It’s a vision that Intel Corporate Vice President Mooly Eden laid out in a presentation in Israel last month. According to Eden, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s ambitious “Perceptual Computing” (Per-C) project is blazing along, and it won’t be more than a few years till we are able to communicate with computers and devices as they manage our schedule, tell us where our lost keys are, figure out what we want to watch on TV, and much more.

Broadcom CEO Says Wearable Market Way Bigger Than Just Apple and Samsung (All Things D)
Apple and Samsung may be planning watches, but Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) CEO Scott McGregor says that big-name brands may not dominate the wearable computing market the way they have the phone business. “There are like two companies that make half of all the smartphones on the planet,” McGregor said in an interview on Tuesday with AllThingsD. “I think wearables are going to be different.”

Intel to release Atom server chips (IT World Canada)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) said it will release next week a low-power Atom chip code-named Avoton which will likely be used in servers such as Hewlett-Packard Co.’s Moonshot servers. By packing low-power chips into racks of servers, manufacturers are able to squeeze more efficient performance out of the machines. This is ideal for workloads consisting of a high volume of lightweight transactions such as those encountered by social networking sites.

Broadcom lines up wearable tech entry with addition of Wi-Fi direct to smart device platform (IT Pro Protal)
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) is hoping to make a big play in the nascent wearable tech market with the integration of Wi-Fi Direct technology into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) hardware platform for connected mobile devices. Chipsets based on the new WICED Direct platform Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) introduced this week will give device makers the ability to “design accessories, clothing, and other wearable sensors that connect and transfer data to smart mobile devices and the cloud,” as well as enable purpose-built functions such as “jewelry with proximity detection, helmets with action cameras, and bracelets that lock/unlock doors,” the company said.