Intel Going Mobile With Moorestown, Pushing Nehalem Everywhere

atom_62Intel (s INTC) made a series of announcements last night that push its low-power Atom processor closer to the smartphone side of the mobile computing spectrum. It announced more details of its Moorestown platform aimed at mobile Internet devices. The platform is coming in 2010 and includes an Atom processor that consumes 10x less power when idle; a graphics, video and memory controller; and an I/O hub. Intel also plans to release a new version of the Moblin software for Mobile Internet Devices that can handle voice calls. It may be as close as we get to an Atom-based smartphone. Read More about Intel Going Mobile With Moorestown, Pushing Nehalem Everywhere

Qualcomm May Slow Verizon’s LTE Plans

Verizon (s VZ) has been aggressively pushing its fourth generation wireless network plans, which would bring Long Term Evolution, or LTE, to 20-35 markets by the end of 2010. But in the interconnected world of telecommunications, the desires of a vendor can be waylaid if all the pieces of the puzzle aren’t there in time. And for Verizon, Qualcomm’s (s QCOM) pieces may be showing up late. Its LTE chips for data cards won’t be generally available until the second half of next year, and chips for handsets might not be available until well into 2011, according to an industry analyst. Read More about Qualcomm May Slow Verizon’s LTE Plans

DTV Delay Slows Qualcomm’s MediaFLO Expansion to a Trickle

Qualcomm (s QCOM) today trumpeted that its MediaFLO mobile over-the-air television service has launched in three new markets; Atlantic City, N.J.; Greensboro, N.C. and Wilmington, Del., now have access to MediaFLO and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show on certain AT&T (s T) or Verizon (s VZ) phones! But the trumpeting falls flat given that by now — a month and half after broadcasters were supposed to transition from analog to digital television signals — Qualcomm still can’t launch in the larger markets of Houston, San Francisco, Miami and Boston. It was hoping to cover an additional 60 million people, but in its release today touts just 10 million. Read More about DTV Delay Slows Qualcomm’s MediaFLO Expansion to a Trickle

Texas Instrument Places a Risky Mobile Bet

Our mobile phones are getting smarter, even as our laptops are getting dumber. Instead of packing fast processors into a notebook, PC makers are stripping them down into netbooks and other devices they can sell for less. Meanwhile, our mobile phones are looking more like mini computers with multicore processors, larger screens and improved graphics. The convergence of these devices is shifting the way chips are designed.

The brains of a mobile device need more computing abilities and are beginning to resemble the CPUs found in notebooks, while on notebooks and netbooks, chipmakers are trying to follow the cell phone model of integrating the brains and communications devices onto a single chip. Against this backdrop, Texas Instruments is walking away from its legacy as a wireless chip maker for cell phones, and is turning its attention to making the brains that will power tomorrow’s phones, mobile Internet devices and even netbooks. Read More about Texas Instrument Places a Risky Mobile Bet

And GSM Shall Rule Them All

GSM-based technologies account for a whopping 81 percent of the world’s 4 billion mobile subscriptions, according to numbers released today by Wireless Intelligence. Coming in as the runner-up is Qualcomm’s (s QCOM) CDMA, with 10 percent of the world’s subscribers, 100 million of whom are in North America.

The research firm, which is owned by the GSM Association, also predicts that by 2010 there will be 5 billion mobile phone subscribers, connecting the world far more easily than efforts to give each child or person a PC. The world added the last 1 billion subscribers between the third quarter of 2007 and the end of 2008, making mobile phone subscription growth a bright spot in dark times.


Texas Instruments to Offer a Champion Chipset for Mobile

omap-4-platform_creative-graphicTexas Instruments (s TXN) is expected to this week release details of its next-generation application processor, the OMAP 4 family of chips, which has made my love for Nvidia’s (s NVDA) APX25000 processor grow cold. I’m faithless when a chipmaker shows me the prospect of 1080p video playback, 10 times the web surfing speed, a 20 megapixel camera and 130 hours of audio playback on a mobile device. And did I mention that this is a true dual-core chipset? Chips like this mean mobile computing is really living up its computing label. Read More about Texas Instruments to Offer a Champion Chipset for Mobile

Trends to Watch For at Mobile World Congress

Next week, while most Americans are lounging about in honor of President’s Day, the people responsible for your mobile phones, netbooks and cellular networks will converge on Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Check back on Monday for clues as to what type of devices you’ll be toting in your pockets and purses next year, but in the meantime, here are a few things to look out for, whether you’re at the show or merely monitoring it from elsewhere. Read More about Trends to Watch For at Mobile World Congress

Symbian Secures Big Backers in Mobile OS War

Symbian said today that 14 new companies, including Hewlett-Packard (s HPQ), MySpace, Qualcomm (s QCOM) and SanDisk (s SNDK), have joined its foundation. This brings the number of companies that have signed up to use the mobile operating system’s platform to 78, putting it ahead of the 47 members of the Open Handset Alliance, which supports Google’s (s GOOG) Android OS. More members are good, but Symbian still has to get those members psyched up and developing on its mobile operating system. Read More about Symbian Secures Big Backers in Mobile OS War

Intel Follows the Crowd With Integrated Chips

ep80579_integratedToday Intel (s INTC) detailed its plans to stop focusing on horsepower and think about the whole car. The chipmaker has decided to stop pushing Gigahertz (basically, how fast your computer can think), and start integrating radios in one package, or on a single chip — a form factor known as a System on a Chip (SoC).

The goal is twofold. First, it gets Intel into the growing mobile market, where every chipmaker is trying to gain design wins, and second it’s a concession that consumers — once trained to focus on speeds — are now content with the processing power in their machines. Today, consumers want connectivity and graphics, so Intel has to give it to them. But Intel is late to the SoC party, and it’s essentially trying to switch from making Ferraris to making a more well-rounded vehicle like the Honda Pilot. Read More about Intel Follows the Crowd With Integrated Chips

DTV Delay Almost Official

[qi:032] The House voted today to approve a four-month delay to the transition from analog to digital television signals, making the new June 12 deadline a near certainty. The Senate approved its own version of the bill last week, and since both bills are in accord, the only thing left is to get the presidential signature. Since President Obama asked for this legislation in the first place, it should be a slam dunk.

The next step will be to pass the stimulus bill, which contains funding for a coupon program designed to offset the cost of buying a digital converter box. From there we just need to find the 6.5 million consumers who aren’t ready, present them with the coupon, frog-march them to a store and make them buy the box. Then we can sit back and wait for our LTE and mobile television.¬†Oh and maybe for Qualcomm (s qcom) to protest.