Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon, Networking Chips

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-11-20 Print this article Print

In addition, another Qualcomm subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, unveiled the Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ), a chipset aimed at devices in the house that can connect to the Internet, including home gateways, routers and media servers. These devices can become platforms for what company officials are calling "Smarthomes."

"Just as Qualcomm helped propel the smartphone experience and ecosystem, we are now employing the company's mobile DNA to enable the Smarthome as a platform to deliver an advanced class of content, applications and services that can be enjoyed throughout the home," Qualcomm Atheros President Amir Faintuch said in a statement. "Qualcomm is bringing together its mobile and networking expertise in the Internet Processor to extend its portfolio and enable new capabilities for network platforms."

The chipset not only will let device OEMs add such capabilities to their products in areas such as home automation and personal clouds, but also will enable service providers to offer even more content, applications and services—such as security and surveillance—to their customers, according to company officials.

Qualcomm bought Atheros in 2011 for $3.1 billion to extend its reach into home devices, networking and other areas. Qualcomm's Smarthome platform includes a dual-core 1.4GHz Krait CPU and Qualcomm Atheros' networking chip technologies—including the new dual-core 730 MHz Packet Processing Engine. The IPQ will enable more appliances in the home to be networked and connected to the Internet, which is the essence of the Internet of things.

Other chip makers also see opportunities in the Internet of things. Intel is building out a new line of low-power systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), called Quark, which will aim at such areas as the Internet of things and wearable devices. Advanced Micro Devices is rapidly growing out its embedded chip portfolio, and ARM officials see the Internet of things as a natural fit for their low-power processors. In March, ARM announced its energy-efficient Cortex-MO+ chip for the IoT. In August, the company bought Sensinode Oy, which made software for the IoT.


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