Intel’s Atom chip debuts in Orange smartphone

Mobile World Congress just became Intel’s mobile coming out party. On Monday Orange will debut the first smartphone powered by Intel’s Atom processor at the show, giving Intel a key foothold in the European market as well as a critical endorsement from a major carrier.

What iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 could have

Apple’s next iPhone will be thinner and lighter, with an 8 megapixel camera, according to a report on Thursday. The new article bears the hallmarks of an intentional leak, and it is the surest sign yet that we’ll see new iPhone hardware in September.

It’s a Weird, Wireless World: Why Nvidia Wants Icera

If you didn’t think computing’s future was both visual and mobile, then Nvidia’s decision to buy wireless radio startup Icera clinches it. The $367 million cash deal is setting Nvidia up for a competitive battle with Qualcomm in the mobile application processor market.

Infineon Moves to Put Wireless Biz on the Block

Infineon, one of the top five wireless chipmakers, has hired J.P. Morgan to seek a buyer for its wireless chip business, according to the Financial Times. Will Infineon be any more successful than Freescale or Texas Instruments, which tried and failed to sell their wireless businesses?

Intel May Buy Infineon’s Mobile Chip Business

Intel is rumored to be looking to buy German chip maker Infineon’s mobile chip business. The chip giant is trying to diversify beyond its core PC and server markets into new, fast-growing mobile markets. The company is woefully behind ARM-based rivals such as Qualcomm.

AT&T’s New Network May Not Help Your Old iPhone

main-rightApple (s aapl) unveiled the new iPhone today, and once again the device is inspiring lust while the network inspires loathing. While a lot of sites are hacked off that AT&T (s T) will not support tethering (using your phone as a modem) and MMS picture messaging on the iPhone 3G right away, owners of older 3G iPhones in the U.S. may have a bigger beef. Sources are telling me — and AT&T doesn’t deny — that the network upgrades AT&T announced two weeks ago won’t boost the old 3G iPhone’s data connections to the promised 7.2 Mbps speeds. Read More about AT&T’s New Network May Not Help Your Old iPhone

Vid-Biz: Doritos, TVtrip, Mochila

Doritos Contest-Winners’ Ad a Favorite; amateur Super Bowl commercial wins USA Today’s focus group, after Anheuser-Busch had won ten years in a row. (USA Today, ad video)

TVtrip Raises $9 Million; Paris-based startup produces hotel video tours, now has total funding of $13.8 million from Balderton Capital, Partech International and AGF Private Equity. (TechCrunch)

Mochila Also Raises Funding; doesn’t disclose amount, which was led by The Greenspun Corporation, but says it has raised more than $30 million to date; also says it replaced its CEO and added Jon Miller to its board. (paidContent)

Google Video Search Used to Spread Malware; some 400,000 queries lead users to web sites that spread malware under the guise of a Flash player update, according to Trend Micro. (The Register)

Kontiki Founder Dies; Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mike Homer suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (AllThingsD)

Apple iPhone Patent Includes Video; awarded patent includes description of video recording and video conferencing. (InformationWeek)

Nielsen: Viacom No. 1, NBCU No. 2 in Mobile Video; MediaWeek story has good detail on various initiatives, but says NBC leads, also per Nielsen. We talked to NBC PR this morning and they said they’re actually in second when you consider the larger companies. (MediaWeek)


Play “Spot the Difference” on YouTube
; photo hunt game uses clickable YouTube annotations on pics of Oscar nominees. (YouTube)

Samsung Snubs Qualcomm, Builds 4G Chips

logo3Samsung Electronics is making its own WiMAX and LTE baseband chips for wireless handsets, according to an article in EETimes. The move by the Korean electronics maker shows how much opportunity it sees as the wireless industry transitions to 4G, and the fortunes of the biggest wireless chipmakers shift. Samsung has built its own application processors (one is inside the iPhone), and has extensive memory chipmaking operations, including a fabrication plant in Austin. It also is one of the top handset makers in the world, using chips from Qualcomm (s QCOM), Infineon (s IFX) and Broadcom (s BRCM).

By developing its own wireless baseband chips, Samsung is moving into territory owned by the No. 1 wireless chipmaker Qualcomm, which owns much of the intellectual property around the 3G CDMA standard. One of the reasons Samsung said it would develop its own LTE and WiMAX chips is to eliminate some of the royalty payments it makes, and thus reduce the costs of its handsets — a direct jab at Qualcomm. Read More about Samsung Snubs Qualcomm, Builds 4G Chips