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Mobile devices have always been a major market for chip suppliers, but the number and type of semiconductors used in wireless gadgets has grown as the products have got more sophisticated. Traditionally there were baseband and RF, with limited processing power and memory. Now smartphones and tablets sport multicore application processors, radios for five or six connections in several spectrum bands, and are starting to include dedicated graphics or video processors too. For midrange models this has created a boom in highly integrated systems-on-chip for phones. Not to mention the chips that drive touchscreen displays, plus large amounts of memory. All this has lured a large number of suppliers into the mobile market and shifted the balance of power. Many firms have defocused on basebands, leaving Qualcomm dominant, but conversely, there is far more competition for the processor space. Texas Instruments, Intel, Nvida, Freescale, Marvell, Samsung and Broadcom are all fighting for a piece of the Qualcomm kingdom, and new players are coming in from China and Taiwan too.

Qualcomm Q3: immune to smartphone slowdown

25 July, 2013

Chip giant beats forecasts for revenue, profit and selling prices, consolidating dominance of handset sector

Apple and Intel shop for motion control in Israel

16 July, 2013

Intel reported to have acquired Omek Interactive, while Apple is said to be in talks with Kinect chip supplier PrimeSense

Renesas to exit LTE modem business

1 July, 2013

Japanese electronics group to close the unit it acquired from Nokia in 2010, having failed to make market impact

Qualcomm revenues up 24% but cautious outlook

25 April, 2013

Chip giant beats Wall Street forecasts with $6.12bn in quarterly sales, but ASPs under pressure until second half of year

Cirrus woes push Apple shares below $400

18 April, 2013

Latest factor putting pressure on Apple's stock price is an inventory glut at its iPhone audio chip supplier

Qualcomm gains Chinese share with reference design

4 April, 2013

QRD program now has 40 customers, mainly in China, and powers over 170 commercial devices

Lenovo may set up its own chip unit

3 April, 2013

Chinese vendor aims to expand in smartphones, with an NEC acquisition and homegrown processors among the options

Spreadtrum in alliance with Orange

28 March, 2013

Provides low cost chipsets to expand carrier's activities in prepaid and emerging markets, especially Africa

ARM CEO to step down in June

19 March, 2013

Company president Simon Segars to replace Warren East after 12 years overseeing strong growth at UK firm

Korean agency develops 10Gbps RF chip

14 March, 2013

World's fastest commercial class radio works in 60GHz band and could target mobile devices and cable replacement