Qualcomm will no longer use ARM as the designer of its next-generation premium mobile processor, said CEO Steve Mollenkopf, adding that the chipmaker will turn to its own 64-bit custom system-on-a-chip. Qualcomm will test the new processor in the second half of the year. Separately, Qualcomm Executive Vice President Cristiano Amon came out in defense of the performance of the Snapdragon 810 after reports emerged of overheating issues.
Novatel Wireless said today that it believed its short-term inventory was "sufficient" to withstand any short-term supply concerns even though Qualcomm is its key chip supplier. In the aftermath of the patent ruling against Qualcomm, Novatel President Brad Weinert said he expected to switch to Qualcomm's next-generation chipsets before the end of January 2009.
Strong demand for next-generation wireless devices helped Qualcomm increase its earnings 5% for the quarter ended Dec. 31. Shipments of wireless-phone chips also helped revenue climb 16% to $2.02 billion.
Nokia and China Putian have set up a joint venture to promote research, manufacturing and sales of 3G network solutions for WCDMA and China's homegrown TD-SCDMA technologies. The companies together will invest a combined $1.1 billion in the venture, with Putian retaining a 51% share of the venture.