Qualcomm aims to build server chips that power the data center

Qualcomm is moving beyond mobile chips and will target the data center market with new server-chips, according to Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. Mollenkopf detailed the mobile chip-maker’s plans during its annual analyst day meeting in New York City, reported Barron’s.

TSMC reportedly getting mobile chip tryout with Apple

Reports about Apple and TSMC striking a contract for mobile chip production have floated around since summer. In October, supply chain analysts in Asia said Apple was moving to TSMC. Now, reports peg the Taiwanese chipmaker with a first-quarter 2013 production trial for the A6X.

Chip wars: LG’s own silicon could debut in January

“Selling finished goods with good pricing is an old strategy.”

Korea Times has inside word that LG will show off its own ARM-based chip(s armh) at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show. The first such chip is anticipated for web-based television sets and future chips could be used for LG smartphones and tablets. LG reportedly has 550 engineers working chip designs for mobile devices. Engadget notes that TSMC(s tsm) is reportedly making the chips for LG; good for the chip-maker, which could also make Apple’s mobile chips soon.

LG has long been a licensee of ARM chips and last year re-affirmed its use of such silicon with licenses for the latest ARM designs. Of particular note is a license for the Cortex-A15 design, which is just now rolling out: The next generation system-on-a-chip is used by Samsung for its $249 Chromebook.

apple-a5-featureWhy design chips and have someone else build them? It’s too much of an investment to build your own chip fabrication plant for starters. And by customizing a base ARM design, companies can create silicon that’s optimized for specific product features. Apple and Samsung both do this today and even HTC has gotten a little “chippy,” designing its ImageSense digital processing solution for its smartphone cameras.

While these custom chips are kept to in-house products for Apple(s aapl) and HTC, Samsung is generating revenue through sales of its chips; something that LG may smartly be considering in the future.

Apple snags top chip designer from Samsung

Apple is Samsung’s biggest chip buyer, but that didn’t stop Apple from hiring away a high-profile industry veteran from Samsung to come work for them. Such a move is bound to increase the growing tension between the two companies.

Are you ready for the next mobile super chip? Samsung is.

If today’s smartphone and tablets may impress you, just wait until the next generation. A whole new mobile chip architecture is about to enter the game and Samsung’s Exynos 5 is the first to play. No products use it yet, but here’s what you can expect.

Mobile tech’s future isn’t in the phone, it’s in your car.

For the last five years we’ve become accustomed to seeing the hottest tech hit our mobile phones, but that may be about to change. The chip industry is betting on our vehicles as the new platform for innovation and are building more speciality silicon for cars.