ARM lays out plans for 5nm “Hercules” core design by 2020

It’s 5 nanometers for 5G, but there’s a lot at stake in the race between now and then and plenty of shifting sands. Will ARM have an arm against Intel?

Wearied Qualcomm gives up on acquiring NXP

A $44 billion deal is going down the drain because it needs approval from Chinese regulators. The US and China are in a complicated relationship right now.

One Apple supplier is down on blockchain, up on iPhone again

The largest contract semiconductors company in the world lost out on cryptocurrency mining chips and will rely on selling iPhone chips to make up for it.

Broadcom buys a mainframe company for $18.9 billion, loses $18.9 billion in value

The second-largest mainframe enterprise company was snapped up by a semiconductors giant. Does it make sense? Investors take sides (and their money).

Meitu looks to build an AI-focused GPU

It launched a new flagship smartphone that’s all about the selfies as usual, but its unique position and obsession has it looking for silicon.

Qualcomm wants to redefine low to mid-end phones again with Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 SoCs

Android bargain hunters should be happy to hear affordable phones will very soon be powered by Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 processors.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 could go to 12W and battle low-end Intel Core U-series

Intel may have to watch its back if Qualcomm is able to land its ambitions next year on a big chipset for laptops and maybe even desktops.

TSMC preparing 7nm fabrication with Snapdragon 855 orders expected

Qualcomm has been a longtime partner with TSMC, but has gone with Samsung as of late. Progress on a new fabrication turned it around.

After recent acquisition, Broadcom lays off 1,100 employees

What would have happened if Broadcom had acquired Qualcomm? Some say we should take a cue from the aftermath of a recent actual acquisition.

China may finally approve Qualcomm buyout of NXP

The potential move comes in the context of recent trade tensions between the US and China that could be easing up over a few isolated deals.

Qualcomm extending lower licensing rates to appease regulators and OEMs

The San Diego-based semiconductors company is conceding some ground to smartphone manufacturers by offering a patents package at a lower price. But it doesn’t mean that flagship phones will cost less soon.

MediaTek willing to file paperwork to ship chips to ZTE

The Taiwanese government recently started cracking down on any potential weapons-related shipments to Chinese tech manufacturer ZTE.

TSMC forecasting poor earnings this year almost certainly because of iPhone X

The world’s biggest contract chipmaker is apparently facing some tough goings with its biggest client. Most high street analysts say its Apple.
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Qualcomm job cuts stand at 1,500 in California, more elsewhere

The semiconductors company is looking to cut 4 percent of its staff as part of a cost reduction regime to increase dividends to investors.

Even after losing Qualcomm, Broadcom went ahead with its now-completed US redomiciliation

President Trump’s recent blocking of Broadcom’s proposed Qualcomm takeover on national security grounds hasn’t stopped the company from changing its legal domicile back to the US.

Shareholders vote current Qualcomm board back in, but with skepticism

Now that Broadcom can’t acquire Qualcomm, investors are now looking for more money… or the promises of more money, at the very least.
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Ex-chairman of Qualcomm board leaves company

He’s a son of one of the founding members of Qualcomm and could be mounting an attempt to take the company back as a private firm. Shareholders were happy to see him go.

Broadcom complies with Trump order, abandoning all plans to acquire Qualcomm

There will be no more attempts by Broadcom to take Qualcomm over, as ordered by US President Donald Trump on national security grounds.

President Trump orders ban of Broadcom’s acquisition of Qualcomm

Broadcom CEO Hock Tan was welcomed by the president back in November for announcing that the company would move back to the US from Singapore.

Intel could spoil Broadcom acquisition campaign for Qualcomm

If it looks like Broadcom is getting close to acquiring rival chipmaker Qualcomm, Intel could swoop in and try to take over Broadcom.

Broadcom says it will take 5G lead if it acquires Qualcomm, will invest $1.5 billion

$1.5 billion will go into a fund of which its general goal is to foster graduates into the engineering field. This as Broadcom states that it will be passed Qualcomm’s baton in 5G.

US government stalls Qualcomm investor vote to look into Broadcom

Broadcom calls out Qualcomm for requesting an investigation into its acquisition campaign. These are two of the largest chipmakers in the wireless and mobile sectors.
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Qualcomm rejects yet another Broadcom offer, leaving little room for negotiation

There is absolutely no way Qualcomm will agree to a sale at a reduced price after inching closer to its own NXP acquisition, deemed an obvious value enhancer.

Broadcom is still looking to acquire Qualcomm, but at a slightly lower price

Broadcom’s recent “best and final offer” for a record-breaking Qualcomm takeover was not final after all, but it may well have been the best the potential seller will ever see.

Qualcomm inches closer to NXP acquisition with revised $44 billion offer

Qualcomm may well kill two birds with one stone by offering NXP more cash for a long-in-the-making acquisition, also keeping potential buyer Broadcom at bay.