Qualcomm is a mobile technology and processor manufacturer best known in the Android world for its vast lineup of "Snapdragon" system-on-a-chip components used primarily in smartphones and tablets. Snapdragon processors have gained popularity for having a wide range of different prices and power levels for devices of all price points, while in any case being extremely efficient with mobile data traffic because of Qualcomm's involvement in the development of 3G and 4G standards.
Though processor production may be its bread and butter as smartphone adoption has taken off, Qualcomm is also known for pushing technologies in various other areas. Qualcomm has been one of the leading developers of 3G and 4G networks since their first emerging popularity, partnering tightly with carriers around the world and holding various important patents on 3G and 4G networking. Patent licensing to other companies for mobile device processors remains a large portion of Qualcomm's business.
It has also developed a lesser-known display technology called Mirasol, which bridges the gap between efficient but black and white e-ink displays and colorful but power-hungry LCD and AMOLED displays. Mirasol has primarily lived as a technology demonstration, but in late 2013 Qualcomm also released its Toq smartwatch as an example of the display tech in real-world use.
Qualcomm has been a player in the mobile space in one way or another since the early days, and with its continued development of mobile-focused technology it is sure to be at the front of everyone's minds going forward.
Next-gen power A rumor suggests Qualcomm will tap TSMC to create the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.
Can you hear me now? Lossless audio streaming over Wi-Fi directly to your headphones is great. Too bad it won't see wide adoption.
Benchmarks After unwrapping the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 last week, Qualcomm has also provided some benchmarks of the chipset, revealing its dominance over Apple's chip.
AI AI AI Qualcomm launches the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, a flagship SoC that brings a ton of new AI capabilities to Android phones.
RISC vs Reward Qualcomm and Google are developing a RISC-V Snapdragon Wear platform to power future devices. Why is this important, and what does it mean for you?
Efficiency first Meta had ambitions to develop its own custom silicon and operating system for Quest headsets, but that now looks increasingly unlikely.
7s Gen 2 Qualcomm is back with another Snapdragon 7 series chipset a month before the 2023 Snapdragon Summit.
Flag-chip The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is scheduled to release early this year. New information suggests we might see more than one flagship SoC.
Better handhelds Qualcomm seems to be betting big on mobile gaming as the company has announced a trio of processors focused on dedicated gaming handhelds.
Not a bad thing Qualcomm's next flagship mobile platform is said to be so expensive, it's going to force many OEMs to stick to the last-generation Snapdragon SoC.
Better sound After launching Qualcomm S3 and S5 platforms last year, the chipset maker is back with the 2nd-generation S3.
Qualcomm has been releasing flagship Snapdragon processors early year after year, and this year is no exception, as we could witness in October.
A leak has surfaced about what consumers may expect with Qualcomm's 2024 launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC.
New rumors speak about the possible new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3's core configuration changes.
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