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Topic: Qualcomm

Custom iPhone baseband chips seen as too 'herculean' a task for Apple to tackle in-house

04/14/2014, 02:04 pm

With recent rumors and hires suggesting Apple may be planning to build its own custom baseband chips for future iPhones, moving away from off-the-shelf silicon from companies like Qualcomm, one analyst thinks it's a highly unlikely route for Apple to take given the time it would have to invest.

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Rumor: Apple's unannounced 'iWatch' faces manufacturing issues, much like Qualcomm's Toq

01/02/2014, 11:01 am

Though it has yet to be announced and there are no signs of an impending product launch, Apple's so-called "iWatch" is reportedly facing poor yield rates of less than 50 percent in trial manufacturing, if the latest rumors are to be believed.

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Qualcomm backs away from 'marketing gimmick' comment about iPhone 5s' A7 chip

10/08/2013, 08:10 pm

Apple supplier Qualcomm has backed away from statements made by a senior executive that the 64-bit capabilities of the iPhone 5s' A7 processor are a "marketing gimmick."

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Apple partner Qualcomm pans iPhone 5s A7 CPU as 'gimmick,' yet hints at own 64-bit chip

10/02/2013, 11:10 am

A senior vice president for Apple supplier Qualcomm says the 64-bit A7 chip in Apple's iPhone 5s is more a marketing gimmick than a development that will lead to real consumer benefits, but at the same time appeared to hint that the chip maker is planning a future 64-bit processor of its own.

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New Qualcomm LTE chipset could bring truly global iPhone with support for China Mobile

02/22/2013, 01:02 am

Apple supplier Qualcomm on Thursday announced a new "global LTE" front end solution that operates on 40 bands, including all existing LTE networks, which could usher in a truly global iPhone that even supports the obscure TD-SCDMA network used by the world's largest carrier China Mobile.

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UN roundtable tackles wireless patent disputes between Apple, Samsung, others

10/10/2012, 02:10 pm

Apple was joined by Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others in a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday that discussed the potential patent litigation reform in the lawsuit-saturated wireless industry.

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Qualcomm gearing up to produce 4G LTE chips for Apple's next iPhone

06/15/2012, 08:06 am

Chipmakers are preparing for production of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, including Qualcomm, which is said to be providing high-speed 4G long-term evolution chips produced using a 28-nanometer process.

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PiperJaffray: 28nm chip shortages unlikely to impact Apple's next iPhone

05/21/2012, 06:05 am

A new report from investment bank PiperJaffray claims 28nm chip shortages at Qualcomm are unlikely to keep Apple from releasing a next-generation iPhone with a "completely redesigned body style" in October.

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Apple's next iPhone expected to launch in October with Qualcomm LTE chip

04/19/2012, 01:04 pm

Even if Apple did want to launch its sixth-generation iPhone before October of this year, supply issues with Qualcomm LTE chips would still cause the next iPhone to launch a full year after the iPhone 4S.

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Apple looks to end Motorola patent attack in Germany with U.S. suit

02/10/2012, 05:02 pm

Apple stayed on the legal offensive Friday, filing a new lawsuit in a U.S. court that claims Motorola Mobility's recent patent barrage of patent claims in Germany is in breach of a licensing agreement between the RAZR maker and Qualcomm.

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4G iPhone expected to help LTE smartphones reach 5% share in 2012

01/16/2012, 08:01 am

Smartphones compatible with new high-speed 4G long-term evolution networks are projected to account for between 4 and 5 percent of global handset shipments in 2012, thanks in part to an expected LTE-capable iPhone from Apple.

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Morgan Stanley: Apple's next iPhone to be slimmer, may include quad-mode LTE chip

01/13/2012, 02:01 am

Investment bank Morgan Stanley hinted on Friday that Apple's next-generation iPhone will be slimmer when it arrives later this year and could include a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that would allow for 3G and LTE functionality across all "network flavors."

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Docomo, Samsung team up on smartphone chip venture to challenge Qualcomm

12/27/2011, 03:12 am

Japanese wireless operator NTT Docomo has partnered up with Samsung and several other companies to set up a fabless semiconductor joint venture aimed at producing mobile device chips that will compete with market leader Qualcomm.

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FCC approves 4G spectrum purchase for AT&T after failed T-Mobile merger

12/22/2011, 09:12 pm

On the heels of AT&T's decision to give up on its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the carrier's purchase of 700MHz spectrum from Qualcomm that would be used for its expanding 4G LTE network.

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Samsung sues Apple over 4 new patents, but backs off iPhone 4S complaint

12/16/2011, 03:12 pm

Samsung has added four new patents to its lawsuit against Apple in Germany, but has backed off of a complaint related to baseband chips in the iPhone 4S.

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iPhone 4S breakdown estimates same $188 cost as iPhone 4

10/19/2011, 09:10 pm

A new teardown analysis of the iPhone 4S claims that the parts for the 16GB version of Apple's iPhone 4S cost $188, or just 50 cents more than the iPhone 4.

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Broadcom rumored to place 'rush orders' with TSMC for iPhone 5 parts

09/15/2011, 07:09 am

Apple supplier Broadcom has been pegged as the most likely customer to have given Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. a boost through a recent batch of "rush orders," with some analysts suggesting that the last-minute orders are for the next-generation iPhone.

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Apple, Nokia show continued interest in InterDigital patents

08/17/2011, 04:08 pm

Following Google's purchase of Motorola, a new report claims that Apple is still interested in acquiring InterDigital, as are Nokia, Qualcomm and others in the wireless industry.

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WSJ: Apple plans to build 25M thinner, lighter next-gen iPhones this year

07/06/2011, 07:07 am

Apple is reportedly gearing up to build its next-generation iPhone, placing orders for key components to build a new model thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 with an 8-megapixel camera.

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Qualcomm bringing augmented reality SDK to Apple's iOS

05/19/2011, 04:05 pm

Qualcomm is bringing its augmented reality software development kit to Apple's iOS in order to expose the tool to more developers.

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