Qualcomm is buying NXP

A Qualcomm company bus used to transport employees among its many buildings is shown in San Diego, California  November 3, 2015.    REUTERS/Mike Blake

via Reuters

Just one year after NXP bough Freescale, now they try to sell  to Qualcomm!

What is going on with this Semiconductor industry?

It’s long time not driven by engineering, innovations and products anymore, just shareholders and calculations what if we buy or sell this or that player in the field.

Qualcomm is well known name together with Mediatek they dominate mid-low end of the smart phone market, where Apple and Samsung share the high end.

Obviously their business is booming last years, they took also the Lion’s share of the tablet market where Chinese companies like Allwinner and Rockchip had some share, but the absence of RF in their SOC doomed them in the connectivity dominated world we live now.

What NXP can give to Qualcomm which they do not have yet is mystery for me. What will happen with Freescale and NXP products if Qualcomm buy them is also unpredictable.

Qualcomm do not publish any info for their products and they share just with few partners under strict NDAs. They are the opposite of how NXP and Freescale did their business so far with small users friendly approach.

What’s next? To promise to Qualcomm that will buy 100 000 pcs of future LPCxxx product to get the datasheet under NDA?

One is for sure imx.X is not going to be developed further as Qualcomm has plenty of competing products.

 

Qualcomm with new dual band Low Power WIFI Solution QCA4004

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The Low Cost WiFi revolution made by Texas Instruments CC3xxx and Esspressif ESP8266 is not escaped unnoticed by the big boys in the wireless business.

Qualcomm has new product QCA4004 which targets same market but has lot more to offer:

  • Dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz
  • Low energy
  • IPv4/IPv6 Networking
  • SSL Client with AES encryption
  • RTOS and Toolchain for code on chip
  • USB 2.0,  SPI/SDIO, UART, HS-UART, I2C, 2xI2S, GPIOs
  • Commercial: 0 to 85˚ C (case) Industrial: -40 to 85˚ C (ambient) temperature grades

Here is the flyer and the datasheet.

So far the official quotes for the chip through the official distributors are high, but we know Qualcomm is leader in the wireless solutions and can manufacture efficiently, so once these get in main stream production the prices may drop below ESP8266 prices 🙂