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Samsung will likely supply 5G modems to Apple

Together with Qualcomm

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Recently, Qualcomm and Apple buried their long-standing hatchet. After months of harassing each other, the two companies settled all disputes in an out-of-court deal. Instead of running through the courts, the new deal will benefit both companies handsomely. For one, Apple has paid an undisclosed amount to Qualcomm. In return, Qualcomm will supply Apple’s 5G modem demand. All is finally well.

However, a surprise decision has introduced another player into the equation. According to a new report, Samsung will become Apple’s secondary supplier for 5G modems. Though already familiar to Apple’s devices, Samsung’s appearance is a surprise for this supply cycle. Previously, other suppliers have also stated their intentions to become Apple’s main supplier. For example, Huawei surprisingly entered the fray before Qualcomm’s settlement.

Slightly reducing the surprise, Intel backed out of the 5G race following the deal. Currently, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Huawei are the only major players in the war. It’s theirs for the taking.

The new report comes from long-time Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple will likely pursue a second supplier to ease logistics for the eventual 5G-capable iPhone. Additionally, Kuo places all the chips on Samsung for the role. Besides the simpler logistics, a secondary supplier will help Apple gain a bargaining advantage for either source.

However, the decision’s timing is also telling. Since Apple is still deliberating, the 5G-capable iPhone will likely launch in 2020, as was already expected. Additionally, Kuo’s report also confirms the 2020 launch date. If ever, 2020 will be a huge year for 5G and 5G-capable smartphones.

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Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

It’s a consortium of companies

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For NVIDIA, Arm is its greatest the-one-that-got-away story. For months, the chip company worked on an acquisition plan for Arm. However, those plans eventually fell flat. SoftBank, Arm’s current holders, is still focused on getting a buyer for the asset. Now, a party led by Qualcomm is emerging as another potential suitor.

“A party” is, of course, an understatement, in this case. According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm is banding with other chipmakers (see also: their rivals) to each purchase a tiny bit of Arm. While a singular consortium of companies will buy the company, everyone will grab a minority stake in Arm. Of note, Samsung proposed the same deal years ago. Obviously, that old plan didn’t pan out well for either company.

Today’s renewed efforts, however, come after NVIDIA’s failure. NVIDIA reportedly backed out of its plans because acquiring Arm would have stifled competition in the market.

On the other hand, Qualcomm’s plan directly addresses this concern since everyone will own Arm. With enough companies in the consortium, it will end up with the “net effect that ARM is independent,” according to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.

Currently, it’s unclear whether the plan has any traction. It will require a lot of cooperation between several companies just to form a consortium. If anything, Samsung might go with the idea since the South Korean company proposed the same previously.

SEE ALSO: Nvidia planning to drop Arm acquisition plans

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Samsung is increasing the prices of its chipsets

Others have already accepted

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Shortages are still plaguing the tech industry. Because of various lockdowns throughout the past few years, new devices haven’t met the surge of demand from consumers. Besides not delivering devices, companies also deal with a loss in profit. Inevitably, that lost profit would rear its head in another way. Samsung, a major player in the chipmaking industry, has decided to up its chipset prices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Samsung is renegotiating the prices of its chipsets. If successful, the company’s clients will reportedly pay between 15 to 20 percent more to get their components. Additionally, chips made on legacy nodes will likely pay more in the end.

According to the report, some clients, currently unnamed, have already agreed to the price increase. Others are still in the process of negotiations. Though it’s certainly more expensive, the current forecast speculates that most clients will likely take the new deal. For one, other companies have already upped their prices as well. Samsung isn’t alone. However, the South Korean company has an advantage: more high-tech machines resulting in better chips and faster production.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. While some clients have already accepted, there is no indication as to who will ultimately shoulder the brunt of the price increase. Will this mean more expensive devices in the future, or will companies graciously take a lesser margin of profit?

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Qualcomm unveils its plans for Wi-Fi 7

Can reach up to 33Gbps speeds

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The transition from 5G to 6G shouldn’t be the only thing we’re excited for. Companies are also working on huge improvements for Wi-Fi. Because of the ongoing popularity of 5G, not a lot of the spotlight was shone on the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards. However, home internet is just as important. Now, the future wants to make things even faster. Qualcomm has announced the next chips to introduce Wi-Fi 7.

Recently, the company officially revealed the Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series. The lineup will eventually don the future of routers for a variety of environments including home and enterprise use. According to Qualcomm, the chips will reach speeds of up to 33Gbps with stabler connections and lesser interference. They will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz channels.

For reference, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E can reach only up to 9.6Gbps speeds. Though the jump is certainly dramatic, reaching higher speeds is crucial in today’s time when 4K streaming is quickly becoming a norm.

Of course, patience is key. Amid Qualcomm’s announcement, Wi-Fi 7 isn’t exactly here yet. Both networks and router makers haven’t released any products for the standard. However, some sources, like MediaTek, are currently predicting 2023 as a target date for the new standard’s launch in some capacity.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

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