Qualcomm Going Head-To-Head With Intel In Portable Computing, says Jacobs

ARM-based processors will be in notebooks this year as well as tablets, with servers to follow later, giving x86 a run for its money in the hardware market.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has told Forbes that the industry is in for an ‘interesting’ few years and that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset will be in laptops this year.

He said 20 manufacturers had more than 70 designs using S4 for non-handset devices.


He anticipates ‘head-on’ competition with Intel in the hardware market.


Jacobs reckoned the big news of CES was the impending announcement of Window 8 for ARM.


This, he reckons, gives ARM-based chips their chance in notebooks, laptops and servers.


Qualcomm’s competitive edge in these markets derives from its capability in providing chip-sets for on/always synchronised computing, said Jacobs.


Jacobs said he also expected to see some ‘aggressive’ new form factors for ARM-based computers.



  1. Google is, of course, the new Microsoft; a fact that has not escaped Intel’s attention.

  2. Personally I htink the phone makers would be mad to let let Intel in, Djonne, but, as you say, the promise of MDF for a struggling manufacturer would probably do the job e.g. Motorola Mobility – owned of course by Google,which has just signed a long-term deal with Intel whose CEO sits on the Google board. Android – Motorola- Intel, with access to superior processecould be a horribly powerful combination

  3. A phone maker struggling with market share would be more than happy to benefit from Intel MDF I guess…
    I’m not sure the whole industry is intrinsically against Intel…

  4. Oh dear. I suppose Intel was bound to catch up sometime, Djonne, now it all depends on whether the wireless industry prefers Intel’s business model to ARM’s

  5. Looking at the Medfield perf figures on Android, with an in-order single core processor, honestly, speaking of windows 8, I don’t see ARM competing on an OS that is based on WinNT anytime soon but maybe (I hope) I’m missing a big parameter there.

  6. Depends on who wins, Djonne, if Qualcomm succeeds in getting Windows/ARM established as a mainstream computing platform, so that anyone who wants to compete in the computer business can do so, then that will be a big boost for innovation and opportunities for engineers. Not to mention more consumer choice. If Intel wins, it’s business as usual.

  7. And in the meantime…
    Are we entering the new big tech war?
    Can all this be considered good news for engineers in this field?

  8. we are definitely living in interesting times. If Intel take the gloves off, then we will see the semiconductor fight of the decade. Both companies have huge net free cash flow, enormous teams of lawyers (used to getting their way) and tons of patents, all describing the very same thing.
    Maybe it’s time to move back to East Texas and buy a motel in Marshal. Cause’ I’ve got a feeling the “rocket docket” is about to get its first MEGA case.

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