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As chip competition heats up, Qualcomm starts cutting jobs

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:48

Qualcomm has started cutting jobs in its mid-management structure to reduce expenses amidst increased competition…

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posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:06

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

But Qualcomm is doing good and now-a-days in most of the phones, this is not good.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:37 1

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3536; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

What're you talking about, this is great. They are cutting managerial jobs, the engineers are still in place. Once in a while you need to streamline your upper tier because that bureaucracy is what hurts the engineers below.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:57

10. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

This is not correct. Mostly engineers were shown the door.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:06

2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

So expect lower performance gains and less new features in new chips?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:17

3. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Very surprising considering how well they are doing in the space. Practically everyone has their chips.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 09:49

5. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Yes, just as with any company, you have to plan for the future. The chips in our phones are old business. This is a tech company which relies on new innovation and new products. Remember the term that basically says as soon as a tech product hits the market it is obsolete?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:04

8. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Actually, QCOM is a company that relies on royalties. Over half of its profits come from the licensing division.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:47

6. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

The answer to this seems obvious to me - next year, Qualcomm will have to count out Samsung as a customer of their high end chips due to switch to Exynos processors for the Galaxy S5 and Note 3.
Also, Tegra 5 should have far more impact and customers than Tegra 4.

This year was a blockbuster and hardly repeatable period for Qualcomm because they had basically no competition.
2014 will see a bit different story and Qualcomm is aware of that

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 15:43

9. galanoth (Posts: 426; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

Qualcomm owned 2013 in the high end mobile space.
But everyone will start making their own SOC in the coming years.
Apple has A series, Samsung has Exynos, LG has rumored Odin.
HTC has always used Qualcomm but their business is small compared to the others.

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