As part of its mission to collaborate where it makes sense and avoid duplication of efforts when it comes to the Internet of Things, the Open Interconnect Consortium announced plans to work with EEBus Initiative, a European non-profit organization focused on the smart home and smart grid.
The next versions of Apple's iPhones will include an LTE modem chipset from Intel, according to a VentureBeat report, a move that would give a major boost to Intel's wireless ambitions and hit Intel rival Qualcomm.
Smart cities are a key part of the Internet of Things, and the push into smart cities is bringing together city governments and wireless carriers, network vendors, chipset providers and all manner of device makers and municipal infrastructure providers. Intel and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) see themselves as technology enablers and collaborators in public-private partnerships.
BARCELONA, Spain--Intel and Qualcomm executives said the chipset giants have a role to play in enabling smart cities as both technology solution providers and advisers as municipalities connect more of their infrastructure and services.
BARCELONA, Spain--Top executives from wireless carriers and network vendors generally believe that, when the technology becomes standardized in the coming years, 5G will feature a new air interface. Further, they said, 5G also will create major new revenue streams for wireless carriers.
Intel struck a deal to buy Lantiq, a system-on-chip specialist focused on broadband access and home networking technologies, in a bid to get more deeply enmeshed in the smart home, one of the leading areas in the Internet of Things market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Intel said the deal is expected to close in around 90 days.
Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone market in China and the company has been steadily boosting the performance of its chips, especially by combining them with LTE modems. Now, MediaTek is looking beyond China and East Asia.
Intel ended 2014 how it started it when it comes to mobile: by losing around $1 billion. The silicon giant reported a $1.11 billion loss in its mobile communications group in the fourth quarter, bringing total 2014 losses in the mobile unit to $4.2 billion.
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LAS VEGAS--Wearables are still in version 1.0 and need to be smarter and more connected. Right now they are very much "nice to have," not "need to have." So let's tone down the hype. Wake me up when I can leave my home without my smartphone and just a wearable strapped to my wrist, because we're not there yet.