Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, taking over Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s traditional role as the opening keynote speaker.
Jacobs told Charlie Rose last week that he took his personal Newton over to Palm, taped it to a Palm Pilot and began negotiations to put Palm’s operating system in a Qualcomm-powered smartphone.
Qualcomm has become the dominant supplier of mobile chips in the world. Their patents supply more than half the revenue of the company and their chips such as the 8960 integrate CPU processing and LTE modem functions. In July 2011, Qualcomm acquired some assets of GestureTek and plans to use the gesture recognition technology in its Snapdragon processors.
Qualcomm today announced its StreamBoost technology for Wi-Fi routers. StreamBoost manages and shapes network traffic. It gives each device and each application the bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible experiences in the connected home. Alienware and D-Link Systems, will be demonstrating StreamBoost routers based on Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac technology for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi.
AT&T Mobility is partnering with Qualcomm for connected devices. Based on Qualcomm’s QSC6270-Turbo chipset and supports Oracle’s Java ME Embedded 3.2. The companies said that the new IoE development platform which uses Qualcomm’s 3G modem chipset, it will allow developers to bring connected devices on AT&T’s network.
This platform also features support for cellular coverage for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA – 2100/1900/850 MHz – and quad-band GSM – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – support, standalone GPS, as well as 2.4GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n via a Qualcomm Atheros AR6103 module.