After making a strong impact in the smartphone segment, chip maker
Qualcomm is now placing big bets on the tablet market, investing heavily
in research and development (R&D) activities.
"We are investing
heavily into tablet PCs, smart TVs and we expect a significant pipeline
of devices in the next few months. The tab market will be significant
for us," Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Anand
Chandrasekher told PTI.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors power
more than 850 mobile devices, including Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Lenovo
IdeaTab S2110 and Dell XPS 10. It works with almost all leading
smartphone players including Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Blackberry.
divulging details, Chandrasekher said the company is "investing
heavily" in introducing products that help tablets perform at high speed
and multitask without compromising on battery life.
800 version will be used in both tablets and smartphones. While we are
yet to announce our tablet plans, I can tell you that we are heavily
investing in this space," he said.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm had
announced the launch of its Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips for high-end
phones, tablets and smart TVs, which would be available later in the
The company claims the new chips can deliver 40 per cent better performance than its predecessor, Snapdragon S4.
Snapdragon S4 Pro chips are used in Nokia Lumia 920T, LG Optimus G, Asus Padfone 2, HTC J Butterfly, HTC Droid DNA and Nexus 4.
Qualcomm's competitors include NVidia, Intel and MediaTek.
Compared to shipment of 0.29 billion PCs in 2012, 0.7 billion smartphones and tablets were shipped globally.
the PC shipments are expected to stay stable at 0.3 billion by 2016,
shipment of smartphones and tablets are expected to zoom to 1.8 billion