Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Read this article for free.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Startups Google

Qualcomm Sees a Future After Smartphones

Matt Grob can see the future. Mr. Grob helped develop the first smartphone chips and is now in charge of long-term research and development at chip maker Qualcomm, which works with and influences the product roadmaps of Apple, Samsung Electronics, Google and nearly every other electronics maker of consequence. So he’s uniquely qualified to opine on the development of computing over the next decade.

There’s a lot to be excited about: drones, Web-connected and autonomous cars, and connected gadgets for the home, to name a few. All will rely on 5G chips, the next generation of wireless communication, expected to hit the market by 2020. Mr. Grob, the company’s chief technology officer, is hoping to get Qualcomm’s 5G chips out even earlier. It’s critical for Qualcomm to boost revenue from the new generation of products as fast as possible because smartphone sales have slowed. Qualcomm estimates that the smartphone chipset market will grow by less than 10% a year for the next four years. Meanwhile, the rise of low-cost chip makers from China and Taiwan is bringing down chip prices. Qualcomm recently laid off 15% of its workforce.

What Is The Information?

Notes bb3aa5069205d702dda37fc71dc6f1c59df2310c4379304e9f1199f052af4884

Exclusive Articles

Receive original reporting about the most important tech companies, from Apple to Uber, in your inbox or online.

Notebook b5103017ee163370a1667c9ce59ab0ef023875a17888105d26c185cadf31bb69

Daily news analysis

Every weeknight, we'll send you our reporters’ views on the day’s top tech news—distilled into one email.

Conference calls c9e664e8b96ee347d3e92b8309938f268422b9db98cfabca5c826fbb75054b23

Conference calls

Go deep into areas like crypto and VC diversity—or get real-time analysis of breaking news—via conference calls with our reporters and other experts.

Events 499acedd16cffc41445edd76bfd302b2836c2a27419890f17130a6b10e2aa3df

Special Events

For no extra fee, subscribers get access to dozens of events a year, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings with marquee speakers.

Access the best reporting on the tech industry read by tens of thousands of global executives.

Become a contributor

Share your views and find other subscribers by completing your profile. You’ll be listed in our contributor directory.

Org Charts

Access the only collection of tech company org charts. Our expanding database includes companies like Amazon, Snap, and Uber.

Slack community

Discuss topics and current events with our subscriber-only Slack group and share news about your company with other subscribers.

Share with your team

Subscribers can unlock any article and share it with friends and co-workers through a special share link.

Stay up to date on Silicon Valley

Sign up for Jessica Lessin’s (The Information’s CEO & Founder) free Saturday newsletter and also receive a complimentary week of our daily afternoon tech commentary email.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Recent Articles

Amazon Google

How Sonos Played Patent Hardball to Strike Google Deal

By Aaron Tilley


Why Snap Should Tap Apple or Tencent for Cash

By Tom Dotan

Media Entertainment

Why Hulu’s Heavy Losses Pose Question for Disney and Comcast

By Tom Dotan

Asia Google E-commerce

Behind JD Deal, a Google Plan to Crack China Through Hardware

By Juro Osawa

"If we don’t continue to innovate, everything will be commoditized and that’s why we’re pushing."