), globally the largest chipset manufacturer for mobile handsets,
has introduced a 64-bit microprocessor for mobile handsets called
Snapdragon 410. The processor is integrated with 4G LTE
(Long-Term Evolution) connectivity technology.
Based on the company's 28nm technology, this chipset supports
superior graphics with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback
and up to a 13 Megapixel camera. Snapdragon 410 is designed for
phones priced at $150 or less, particularly targeting the
upcoming nationwide LTE network deployment in China.
Nevertheless, the 64-bit chipset is not new in the industry.
) has already introduced a iPhone with a 64-bit processor.
) is the market leader in 64-bit chipset designed for PCs and
) is likely to offer 64-bit mobile chipsets in 2014.
Qualcomm will release the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD)
version of the Snapdragon 410 processor soon. As of now, more
than 350 QRD-based products are available in the market with more
than 40 original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in 18
Qualcomm has a highly diversified product portfolio. Several
OEMs are adopting high-speed 3G and 4G technologies for
connecting tablets, eReaders, machine-to-machine communication
devices, and gaming devices. Qualcomm's Snapdragon and Gobi
platforms for global mobile connectivity support almost all
varieties of mobile broadband equipment.
Recently, Qualcomm unveiled an innovative smartwatch called
"Toq". This smartwatch can simultaneously receive phone calls,
send messages and play music.
Acquisition of Atheros Communications has transformed Qualcomm
into an integrated chipset developer for the mobile computing
market. Qualcomm can play as a single window to any wireless
gadget maker (mobile phone/tablets) for an integrated Snapdragon
chipset platform supporting Wi-Fi.
Besides mobile computing, Qualcomm can now diversify in the
consumer electronics segment, particularly in the home networking
market. Atheros manufactures Wi-Fi chips for televisions, video
games, printers, and other home devices. Qualcomm currently has a
Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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