Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Qualcomm has developed a new chipset that aims to build a worldwide wearables market for kids. Smartwatches for the under-12 set are already popular in some Asian countries, including Korea, providing a way for parents to keep track of their kids when they're away from home. Qualcomm hopes its new chipset, called the Snapdragon Wear 1100, will help take that phenomenon worldwide. It's working with a few partners who plan to release wearables for kids later this year.
According to a recent announcement, Altair Semiconductor, a provider of cellular IoT chipsets, is appointing Nohik Semel, currently VP, System Engineering and Product Management, as the new CEO. He will replace outgoing co-founder and CEO Oded Melamed, who reportedly is leaving to pursue a new startup opportunity. The appointment will be effective on November 18, 2019. Semel joined Altair in the very beginning and has spent the last 14 years in different executive positions. He is credited with the development of Altair's LTE product portfolio, which power millions of LTE connected devices around the world.
While Apple makes its own A-series processors for iPhones, its MacBooks are powered by Intel processors. Starting this year, the company is expected to go in for its own processors for the MacBook range of laptops, according to a new report. Bloomberg Technology reported on Thursday that Apple has been working on the new chipset since last year and it could be similar to the one on the MacBook Pro 2016 model with the Touch Bar functionality. The processor, currently under development will be built using ARM processor architecture and will bring battery-related improvements to the device such as improved low-power functionality. The new chipset is expected to come with a Power Nap functionality, which will allow MacBooks to install software update, synchronize calendars and retrieve e-mails, despite the device being on sleep mode.
Huawei launched the latest mobile Kirin 970 chipset that has its own AI processor built-in. The announcement was made during the ongoing IFA tech show in Berlin. The Kirin 970 chip is powered by an octa-core CPU and the latest generation 12-core GPU. The Chinese smartphone company says the mobile chipset will be built using on a 10nm manufacturing process, similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and Samsung's Exynos 8895 chipsets. It will also support HDR 10, and 4K video recording at 60 frames per second (fps).
Following reports from earlier this month, today Xiaomi confirmed on Weibo that it will be announcing its very own mobile chipset, named after its subsidiary "Pinecone," in Beijing on February 28th. Little else is mentioned, but rumors going as far back as October are pointing to a Mi 5c aka "Meri" as the first device to carry this chip. Multiple Geekbench results suggest that the phone features an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and runs on Android 7.1.1 According to Chinese semiconductor expert Laoyao, Pinecone Electronics is a joint venture set up by Xiaomi and chipset maker Leadcore back in November 2014, with Xiaomi owning 51 percent of the shares. In other words, this project has been under way for over two years.