Remember that little patent squabble that NVIDIA and Samsung got into last year? Well some things have happened and they are not all that good for NVIDIA. If you have already forgotten about this incident (we do not blame you) we will fill you in. NVIDIA decided to file a complaint with the ITC against Samsung and Qualcomm. The claim was that Samsung was using technology that violated patents that they owned (programmable shaders, parallel processing etc.). NVIDIA also filed a patent law suit at the same time.
Not that long ago there were rumors popping up that Apple was buying a failed division of Qualcomm. This was Qualcomm’s Interferometric Modulator Display (also known as IMOD or Marisol). The concept was brilliant even if the execution was not. If Marisol had worked the way that Qualcomm hoped they would have delivered a full color screen that used a fraction of the power and generated very little heat.
On Friday the big news was that NVIDIA had launched two separate suits against Samsung and Qualcomm for patent infringement (International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Delaware). In the suits NVIDIA claims that the two companies have willfully infringed on their patented GPU technology and (of course) they would like to start banning devices. So far the list includes the yet to be released Note 4 and Note Edge. The patents in question appear to be Patent Nos. 6198488, 6992667, 7038685, 7015913, 6697063, 7209140 and 6690372.
Qualcomm is primarily known for its processors that incorporate various manufacturers of smartphones and tablets in their devices. That their priority is not only the creation processor they decided to show with presentation of a smart watch Toq, which should provide a more enjoyable experience than Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Intel has released its new chip ZMM 7160 which supports 4G LTE networking and is designed for installation in smartphones and tablets. The chip is already used in Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 tablet devices which are sold in Europe and Asia.
According to the first unofficial measurement of performance of the new Intel's "system on a chip" for mobile devices, which is being developed under the codename Bay Trail, it should be faster than any currently available commercial solution.
HTC is believed to be preparing to introduce a new smartphone that will be placed at the top of company's offerings as well as in general even before the Mobile World Congress. The device codenamed M7 will reportedly be sold under the name HTC One.
After the smartphones presented at CES, Sony has a tablet from the Z Xperia product line in preparation. Official information on the specifications is still missing, but unofficial ones indicate a very competitive hardware worthy of the Xperia Z mark.
Samsung has officially unveiled the Exynos 5 Octa, the first processor for mobile devices with eight physical cores. The processor is based on last year's ARM big.LITTLE design that uses 4 weaker and more fuel-efficient cores for less demanding tasks and four cores that become active when the mobile device needs maximum performance.
If you believe the rumors going around the internet, HTC is working on the development of the tablet device with Windows RT; at least according to sources close to HTC. After they released their WP8 devices, named 8S and 8X it looks like they will indulge even deeper into collaboration with Microsoft. HTC decided earlier this month to give up on increasing the screen size of their WP8 smartphones and now they are turning to tablets.