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WES 2010: Talking BlackBerry Chipsets and Processing Power

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The PC innovation boom of the mid-90s was an interesting time. With rapid advancement in processor clock speed, other components couldn’t keep up. What does it matter if you have a good processor, if your hard drive or your memory bus is causing bottlenecks?

In talking with people here at WES, I’ve come to understand a little bit more about BlackBerry, and how it differs from PC engineering. Heat and power-draw can’t be easily engineered around with roomy cooling or big batteries. Engineering advancement on the mobile is a fine art of balancing compromises.

There’s a bit less of a processor focus with the BlackBerry platform. The platform started off as an email device and only recently became a mobile multitasking dynamo. Looking at the last two years of devices, users have begun to take notice of the processor specs.
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New Qualcomm technology could mean 1.3GHz BlackBerry

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Qualcomm has recently developed a 1.3GHz CPU that is intended for the mobile space. The CPU comes with an upgrade to the Snapdragon line of mobile processors. The QSD8650A jumps from the previous 1GHz to a new 1.3GHz but is also Qualcomm’s first 45 nanometer processor; it’s about 30 percent faster than its predecessor but simultaneously uses 30 percent less average power than earlier parts. Video performance in 3D and elsewhere has also been given a boost, the company says.

So what could this mean for BlackBerry? Well as you know, Qualcomm provides the chipset for CDMA BlackBerry devices. Currently, Qualcomm is powering the BlackBerry Storm with a an MSM7600 CPU. Hopefully, Qualcomm will take its latest 1.3GHz CPU and license it to RIM for future devices.

The chip provides support for 3G over either CDMA or UMTS networks as well as Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. It can likewise support displays as large as WXGA (usually 1366×768) as well as TV tuning through formats like FLO TV in the US or DVB-H in Europe. In spite of its high clock speed, the new Snapdragon is efficient enough for smartphones and uses less than 10 mW of power at idle.

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Qualcomm enters BlackBerry storefront market with Plaza Retail

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With the launch of App Word and existing carrier sales portals, one would tend to think subscribers aren’t in need of another content distribution method for BlackBerry. Qualcomm would disagree and they’re launching an expansion of their Plaza suite of solutions to include Plaza Retail.

Plaza Retail consists of three elements:

* Management Center – A content merchandizing system that will support Java, BREW, Flash and BlackBerry with planned support for Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and LiMo. Management Center allows for managing pricing, licensing, packaging, promotions, placement, segmentation, personalization, delivery and analytics in a unified manner across multiple platforms.
* Storefront – A multi-platform client, Web, or mobile Web (WAP) storefront built on Web standards and a storefront management portal that enables retailers to easily update their store layout, promotions and micro-stores, thereby enhancing merchandising effectiveness and driving a common branding and user experience across their entire device lineup.

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Broadcom moves forward with antitrust case against Qualcomm

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Gavel The ongoing spat between chip manufacturers Qualcomm and Broadcom continues this week, but Qualcomm’s managed to stem the tide of litigations a fair bit. A US Court of Appeals has ruled that two out of Broadcom’s eight initial charges would be able to proceed in court, even though the whole thing was put to bed in August 2006 by a District Court. The dismissed charges involved CDMA chips and Qualcomm’s acquisition of OFDM/OFDMA developer Flarion. Broadcom has already locked down a chip ban, but Qualcomm still has some fight left. We’ll keep you posted on the next move in this bitter grudge match.

Qualcomm lawyer quits losing battle

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SumoLou Lupin, Qualcomm’s legal counsel and senior VP must have been putting in some hefty overtime lately. In fact, the increasingly one-sided battle highlighted by yesterday’s ruling that Qualcomm pay Broadcom $39.3 million probably caused him to resign. Qualcomm’s starting to feel its teeth rattle as a result of the battery it’s taken over the last couple of weeks, mainly with Broadcom winning a video compression patent issue and the lack of progress being made on the power management patent front. A recent addition to Qualcomm, Carol Lam, will be taking up the reigns until a full replacement can be found.

Qualcomm hid patents, foots Broadcom’s legal bill

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FacepunchQualcomm takes a second hit today, now with a federal judge ruling that Qualcomm had hidden video compression patents until deciding to sue Broadcom for using them. As a result, Qualcomm had waived its rights to legally protect the patents, and on top of that the judge has ordered them to pay Broadcom’s legal fees. Ouch. Paired up with The Feds giving Qualcomm no mercy, it’s been a rough day for the bearded industry giant.