Qualcomm expects Snapdragon 820 to drive improvements in chipset business

As part of its statements in its Q1 2016 earnings report, chip maker Qualcomm says that it expects to see its chipset business improve in the second half of 2016 thanks to strong traction from the Snapdragon 820. From Qualcomm:

"We delivered a stronger than expected quarter with earnings per share above the high end of our initial estimates, driven by better than expected 3G/4G reported device sales and benefits realized from cost actions across the Company," said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. "We signed several new license agreements in China and are on track with our cost reduction initiatives. Design traction for our new Snapdragon 820 processor continues to be strong, and we expect improving trends in our chipset business in the second half of fiscal 2016."

Qualcomm's turnaround predictions follow a tough 2015 in which the chip maker was forced to cut earnings expectations due to lower sales of its Snapdragon processors. The company then announced plans in July 2015 to cut spending by $1.4 billion along with 15 percent of its work force.

Source: Qualcomm

Dan Thorp-Lancaster