Qualcomm: Innovation to come from cars, not phones
by Alan Friedman / Sep 17, 2017, 11:06 AM
While most of today's smartphones rely on Qualcomm for one component or another, its current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC powers devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30 and the Essential Phone. And while Qualcomm does provide some chips for Apple, both companies are currently embroiled in a huge legal fight over the royalties owed to Qualcomm for its standard essential patents.
But you can't blame Mollenkopf for having his attention drawn toward the automobile. According to research firm IDC, companies producing semiconductors will see sales to the automotive industry increase to $50.1 billion by 2021. That would be a 52% hike from last year's numbers. Qualcomm itself is focused on three aspects of the industry: Connectivity, computing and electrification. And the goal isn't necessarily to make cars faster. Cars are beginning to communicate with each other for various reasons including safety and maintenance.
While smartphones are moving toward the 5G and Gigabit LTE era, "The speed in which the car is taking in new technology is increasing rapidly," Mollenkopf said.
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Wonder if Qualcomm will be able to dethrone Nvidia from this market.
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 11:34 AM 0
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Aye, 'the next big thing' is going to come from the automotive industry. EVs are going to be the next big thing, sadly. Too bad, I'm unwilling to give-up my little 2-Stroke Yamaha RD350 that smokes like a chimney, eats oil like no tomorrow and returns MPG of a bloody SUV! You'll to pry it out of my dead, cold 'legs'! There's nothing like an internal combustion engine, specially if it's a two cycle one! Mechanical clockwork that breathes and growls, shakes and rattle. It's a miracle, if you've eyes to see it. There's a reason why I'm keeping my Rolex and unwilling to wear a digital, quartz or a smart watch. There's a reason why I still have a typewriter, all lubed-up and ready to go. There's a reason why I write with fountain pens (< Not exactly 'clockwork'). And of course, there's a reason behind why I keep a bloody gramophone... I've a thing for mechanical clockwork which is something most of you geeks just can't fathom. Oh well, G'Day!
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 12:54 PM 2
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I agree with this 100 percent and I e been saying this for years. While smartphones will remain an inportant part of our lives and will continue to get better, we will no longer be wowed by them. That ship has sailed!
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 11:43 AM 1
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But Qualcomm's CPUs are rubbish!!! Exynos Kirin A11 are far superior
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 11:52 AM 2
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They're good for a couple years, but then... yeah, I'm not looking forward to their involvement in the automotive industry. Then again all mobile processors suck after a couple years so I'm hoping Intel really gets involved, my first generation i7 processor is still screaming fast after all these years. I want to ensure that any future cars of mine last.
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 12:04 PM 0
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Innovations come from Apple only and the others will follow.
posted on Sep 17, 2017, 1:39 PM 2
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