(QCOM) Qualcomm Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows 8

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) received a shot in its arm from the upcoming Windows operating system of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). Qualcomm is collaborating with Microsoft to develop chipsets from its state-of-the-art next-generation Snapdragon platform for notebook and tablets that will use Windows 8 operating system. Moreover, Qualcomm’s Gobi mobile Internet connectivity solutions will provide 3G/4G LTE connectivity to those devices that will run on Windows 8 software.

With this, Qualcomm has become the sole chipset developer for both Windows smartphones and Windows notebooks. Qualcomm is the largest chipset developer for mobile phones. Currently, the company is trying hard to enter into PC/notebook segment, which is the exclusive territory of Intel Corp. (INTC), commanding more than 80% market share.

Qualcomm will commercially launch its Snapdragon MSM 8960 chipset by the end of 2011. Based-on 28-nanometer process technology, MSM 8960 is a dual-core multimode modem that uses the company’s next-generation micro-architecture called “Krait”. MSM 8960 supports EV-DO, dual-carrier HSPA+, and both TDD and FDD versions of LTE. This innovative chipset is optimized for both smartphones and tablets and will support Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

With Krait, consumers will no longer be required to carry battery chargers together with their tablets. These powerful chipsets will help the computer to be active for 24 hours with only a single battery charge while receiving data throughout the day.The new processor provides speed up to 2.5GHz per core coupled with better graphics and video streaming facilities. Qualcomm’s recent acquisition of Rapid Bridge LLC will further enhance its chipset capacity in terms of design flexibility, size and reduced power usage.

We reiterate our long-term Neutral recommendation on Qualcomm. Currently, it holds a Zacks #3 Rank (Hold) on the stock.

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