Rethink Technological innovation company briefs for Oct 13, 2017.
Tech Insights finds the Snapdragon X7 LTE Modem in Apple Check out Series 3
Source: Tech Insights
Most likely it is uncomplicated skepticism that has induced the common Apple (AAPL) fan web sites to overlook the Tech Insights results. Normally, the supplier of the all-critical LTE modem for Check out Series 3 would obtain some coverage. And, I was skeptical myself and made a decision to wait to see if Tech Insights may update its teardown short article.
And, Tech Insights did update the short article on Oct 10, but there was no adjust to the finding of a Qualcomm (QCOM) modem, besides some more element. Tech Insights states:
Congratulations Qualcomm for profitable the LTE chipset socket. The LTE Baseband (Modem) die in the Package deal on Package deal (PoP) is HG11-NG162, which can be decoded to the Qualcomm MDM9635M, a Snapdragon X7 LTE Modem.
We have seen this LTE Modem in Apple Apple iphone 6S/6S As well as, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, etcetera. The PoP also has a Samsung K4P1G324EH DRAM die.
The fact that Tech Insights primarily based the identification on die markings, rather than bundle markings (of which none are visible), suggests that Tech Insights decapped the modem bundle, in buy to appear at the silicon die alone.
This is a little something that Chipworks experienced a well formulated capacity for which has been retained because Chipworks and Tech Insights merged this yr. Commonly, conclusions primarily based on inspecting the silicon die are rather dependable, and I am assured that Tech Insights has reached a accurate conclusion.
So, the sullen silence on the part of the Apple fan web sites pretty much is undoubtedly because of to the fact that they have gleefully demonized Qualcomm as part of their common alignment with Apple’s authorized positions, no issue how untenable. For occasion, I won’t be able to recall any Apple fan writer questioning Apple’s placement for the duration of the anti-believe in e-reserve accommodate of the US Justice Department. When Apple in the long run missing its enchantment to the Supreme Court docket, every person was shocked. Except me.
Apple’s use of the Qualcomm modem clearly is a concession to the truth of Qualcomm’s superior engineering. There was simply just no way to make an Intel (INTC) modem in good shape in just the space and ability constraints of the Apple Check out.
Apple has demonstrated that it can be useful when it wants to. Right after demonizing Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) for many years in its patent infringement satisfies, Apple in the long run turned to Samsung for OLED screens for the Apple iphone X. Even now, I issue the knowledge of that, primarily in light of Samsung’s “record breaking” Q3 revenue that it pre-announced yesterday. But clearly, when the decision experienced been designed to go with OLED for Apple iphone X, Apple experienced no alternate but to go with Samsung.
One has to marvel what sort of licensing arrangement Qualcomm has with the Series 3 Procedure in Package deal (SIP) supplier(s).
Apple and Qualcomm are part of the Rethink Technological innovation Portfolio and are advisable buys.
Right after Taiwan fine, it really is distinct that Qualcomm wants regime adjust
The reader may well marvel why I go on to dangle on to Qualcomm and suggest it as a purchase. My placement on Qualcomm is really engineering-pushed, as was Apple’s decision on the Series 3. Qualcomm is even now the distinct chief in wi-fi modems, and I be expecting it to keep on being so as the planet transitions from 4G to 5G.
Which is not to say I you should not have troubles with Qualcomm’s latest management. I do. Qualcomm’s management has been totally clueless with regard to its regulatory setting. Almost as clueless as Apple was about its e-reserve situation.
Except that Qualcomm’s cluelessness is receiving a lot more highly-priced. Qualcomm experienced to pay out a fine of $975 million to the Chinese govt to settle regulatory statements by the Countrywide Advancement and Reform Fee (NDRC). Qualcomm experienced to pay out a fine of $865 million to Korea as part of regulatory steps of the Korea Good Trade Fee. Now, with the $773 million fine by the Taiwan Good Trade Fee, that provides the complete as a result far to $2.6 billion. And, which is not like the arbitration award of $814.9 million that went to BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) for equivalent problems of licensing royalties.
And, you will find probably more to appear from the US Governing administration and the EU. But it really is not so a lot the cost of the fines as it is the ongoing denial on the part of Qualcomm’s management. From the start out, Qualcomm has demonstrated that it didn’t realize the authorized implications and implications of the regulatory steps. In its press release following the NDRC settlement, Qualcomm stated:
We do not believe it is possible that other competition companies will interpret their rules to reach conclusions equivalent to the NDRC’s.
I suppose which is real in a feeling. Subsequent regulatory steps have tended to go a whole lot even further than the NDRC.
It can be not that I feel that Qualcomm is completely in the mistaken. But it really is distinct that Qualcomm’s company methods require to adjust. At the quite the very least, Qualcomm’s negotiations with its shoppers above patent licensing have been hefty handed. Qualcomm has seemingly antagonized most of its shoppers who have been more than happy to be part of in the standard anti-Qualcomm regulatory crusade.
The lack of cognizance of the regulatory setting as well as how the NXP acquisition would be jeopardized has become unforgivable. It can be time for new management at Qualcomm.
It can be Nvidia inside of GM/Cruise self-driving Bolts
For some time, I have suspected that Nvidia’s (NVDA) Generate PX 2, or some component of it, was at the coronary heart of the Typical Motors (GM) self-driving Chevy Bolts currently being well prepared by its Cruise Automation acquisition in San Francisco. Recently, I arrived throughout this task submitting by Cruise, which I feel is practically a using tobacco gun:
CUDA is the Nvidia proprietary programming setting for standard computation on the GPU. Right here, the specifications are a lot more concentrated on GPU programming by means of CUDA than in former listings I have seen.
Most importantly, the Duties portion details to two key parts in which CUDA processing on the GPU is utilised. One is the vehicle’s “perception system,” which I acquire to necessarily mean object recognition and classification, and which could also consist of neighborhood 3D mapping of objects by means of LIDAR data. The other critical purpose is deep understanding, which is also “to be deployed on GPU.”
Deep Mastering is the typical AI purpose that Nvidia has advocated for its GPUs, and Nvidia has formulated numerous Deep Mastering APIs that are part of DriveWorks, its application to assist autonomous auto operation on Generate PX 2.
The task listing also indicates strongly that GPU processing has become central to the Cruise method. The Senior GPU Engineer is to “identify bottlenecks and improve existing CUDA kernels and libraries.” This suggests that Nvidia’s GPU processing has become the limiting issue in the efficiency of the system.
It can be even now not distinct irrespective of whether Cruise is applying Generate PX 2, a direct variant, or just standalone Nvidia GPU accelerators, but the adoption of Nvidia GPU engineering by GM/Cruise represents a major get for the organization. This was facilitated by Nvidia’s investment decision in CUDA application enhancement and research in deep understanding and autonomous automobiles.
As Cruise and other firms go on to establish their application, they will come across it ever more tough to remove their dependence on Nvidia’s underlying APIs. This will make the processing components more “sticky” than it usually would be.
And, at the very least at this juncture, there really is practically nothing greater available to automakers than Nvidia’s GPUs and Generate PX. Nvidia presents the “path of the very least resistance” to get to totally autonomous automobiles.
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Disclosure: I am/we are lengthy AAPL, NVDA, QCOM.
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