After Samsung Galaxy S8 announced to house latest of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in its Galaxy S8, LG had been preparing for it’s coming smartphones by sealing a deal with Qualcomm for LG G7 to have the Snapdragon 845 SoC for it. Recent of LG, G6 though hold the earlier Snapdragon 821 SoC.
LG is known to have already started working with Qualcomm to ensure that the LG G7 has the latest chipset and stay in the flagship battle next year. Aju Business Daily claims that the next generation SoC will be built on the 7nm process, with 30 percent more powerful than Snapdragon 835 SoC. Leaks manifest that the Qualcomm will follow the same pattern as last year. It will debut on the Galaxy S9. On the other hand, LG is supposed to release its G7 after Samsung’s unveil. This year, Samsung launched Galaxy S8 a little late and forced LG to release G6 with Snapdragon 835 SoC. If Samsung launches Galaxy S9 on time. LG will not delaying its launches as well.
Another report reveals that new 7nm process has been already started by TSMC. The 7nm process will need a smaller frame to house. The performance will improve by up to 25 to 30 percent compared to current 10nm process.
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One of the biggest patent trolls in the world is after another big company, but this time it is a bit different.
The company filed a lawsuit today for a $1 billion against one of the largest smartphone chip maker -Qualcomm citing some shady business practices. The lawsuit says that Qualcomm withheld payments from Apple for licensing some technology in exchange for using wireless modems.
Although Qualcomm is widely known for its Snapdragon mobile processors and SoCs, the company also has a significant market of wireless modems and other smartphone techs.
Before Apple, Federal Trade Commission of US was also after Qualcomm for using similar monopoly tatics. The FTC lawsuit suggested that Qualcomm was forcing companies to use its products by charging more license fee for SoCs for customers who were using competitor’s product. So much that it made competitor’s product more expensive that they are.
Here is Apple’s full statement about why they are suing:
“For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations. Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.
To protect this business scheme Qualcomm has taken increasingly radical steps, most recently withholding nearly $1B in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them.
Apple believes deeply in innovation and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty we have no choice left but to turn to the courts.”
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