At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Samsung described an unusual eight-brained processor as a major step above competing chips. Now that U.S. buyers will be late to get it, the company is playing down the differences.
It seems hard to imagine a time before mobile phones. But they may not have arrived when they did without the work of Martin Cooper, which this week is being recognized with the $100,000 Marconi Prize.
Qualcomm is already the biggest player in chips for mobile phones, with annual revenues topping $19 billion. Now it is invading another major chunk of the market, spooking investors in several other companies.
Most cars may one day be smart enough to drive themselves. Before then, some companies expect them to communicate safety information among themselves, with Cisco Systems and NXP Semiconductors placing a new bet on that direction.
The chip maker’s surprise interest in the crowded pay TV business was disclosed last March by The Wall Street Journal, which reported Intel had told media companies it hoped to launch a service by the end of 2012. The timing now seems uncertain.