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Anand Chandrasekher
A spokesperson said the statements were "inaccurate"

Qualcomm suddenly has an about-face regarding Apple's 64-bit A7 processor, which a company executive called a "marketing gimmick" just last week.

Anand Chandrasekher -- senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm -- said last week that Apple's 64-bit processor in the new iPhone 5S doesn't offer a big enough reason for consumers to upgrade because 64-bit chips are needed for memory addressability beyond 4GB, and the iPhone 5S has only 1GB of DRAM. Hence, he concluded that 64-bit processors are not relevant in today's smartphones and tablets. 

"I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7," said Chandrasekher. "I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."

However, Qualcomm is backtracking on those comments and now says that 64-bit processors are a necessary part of the future of mobile computing. 

“The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate,” said a Qualcomm spokesperson. “The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices.”

Qualcomm works closely with Apple and supplies modems for iPhones and iPads. Also, both companies design chips based on ARM architecture. 

More specifically, the A7 chip is based on the ARMv8 instruction set, which is said to boost performance through quicker mathematical and security tasks. It also eliminates the inefficiencies in older ARM instructions, but some wonder how much credit the 64-bit processor can take for the heightened performance. 

Apple released its iPhone 5S last month, which runs $199/$299/$399 for 16GB/32GB/64GB respectively. 

Qualcomm provides its Snapdragon chips for Android and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets. It even plans to continue investing in chips made for Windows RT, which is a mobile version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM-based chips and has been criticized for failing to produce a full Windows 8 experience (it can't run legacy apps).  

Qualcomm said it plans to offer a 64-bit processor in the future to keep up with chip designs and even cut manufacturing costs, but there's no set release date.

Source: TechHive

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RE: Incorrect Pricing
By Motoman on 10/9/2013 3:10:31 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a big funny for you...

We had been on T-Mobile for quite some time, since they were the carrier with the best coverage in our area. We dumped them a while ago and went to Straight Talk though...where we could use the same phones, on the same network, with unlimited everything, with no contracts and for less money.

So out of curiosity I just went to the T-Mo website and looked at a phone...doesn't matter what phone, the point is to get to their little "calculator" thing where they show you how much money you can save.

It has a little thing you fill out, where you say who your carrier is ("Other" in my case), how many phones you have, what your data limit is, and what you're paying per-month. The idea being that then they'll show you how much cheaper it would be on T-Mo.

Except that in my case, when I enter the relevant info for Straight Talk (unlimited everything for $45 per month), this is what I get:

Okay, looks like you’re already getting a good deal. But does your current wireless carrier give you all this?

Unlimited talk, text and web on our nationwide network
No overage fees
No annual service contracts

Ummm...yes, yes, and yes. And literally on *your* nationwide network.

And then I giggled.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By tate1293 on 10/9/2013 5:26:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there's still an advantage for straight up tmobile that makes straight talk a no go for me. Straight talk has recently confirmed that after 2.5gb they will throttle the speed down to 2G speeds, while my current Sprint account does not throttle and neither does tmobile as far as I know when you get their unlimited plan. Not needed for everyone, but as I use around 10-15gb a month usually, straight talk wouldn't work for me.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By Motoman on 10/9/2013 9:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have to be pretty egregious for them to start paying attention to you. I've downloaded way over 2.5Gb in a given month, and have never seen any throttling on my account.

Oh...also, if you do get into a situation where T-Mo is throttling you, you can basically kiss it goodbye. We were buying their 10Gb plans, which were the biggest they'd sell you, and once you hit that cap you'd drop to like 20k speeds. Which is to say, half of dial-up.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By sprockkets on 10/9/2013 11:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
You might think you are getting a great deal, except:

TMOb prepaid gets lower priority than post paid for bandwidth. I know this in my very area when at peak times my DL speeds slow to a crawl.

Also, TMob's own prepaid carrier go smart, is also around the same price as straight talk, but you have NO VOICE ROAMING. That can lower your coverage fairly much. I doubt straight talk is much different.

Lastly, you don't get any data roaming either with prepaid.

Also, the 2G speeds you get throttled to are 128kbps, not 20k. That's 2x dialup, or old ISDN speeds.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By Motoman on 10/9/2013 11:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the one big catch with ST is no roaming. I've noted that before when I've talked about them.

As for your theory about what T-Mo throttles you're wrong. I had to live it it for a couple years. Up to 10Gb - blazing fast. After that...20k was pretty common. Sometimes less than that.

This I know for a fact. Because I kept measuring it. That's what it was. Period.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By sprockkets on 10/10/2013 4:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think I'm wrong because I can set my plan to unlimited 2G anytime I want, and I just tested it yesterday when I posted. will always net me 14.75kBps, up and down, or 118kbps, even if my connection is HSDPA+. Dial up was 56kbps and ISDN is 128kbps. With a little loss due to overhead, the cap speed is definitely 128kbps. And around 1 or 2 years ago it used to be only 64kbps.

But as for my other part of my post about throttling, during peak times I'll get around 100-500kbps for dl and in the low mb range for uploading. But other times I'll get around 11mbps dl in the same area earlier in the day.

I know this because web browsing slows to a crawl and app updates take forever.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2013 12:54:11 AM , Rating: 2
Cool story, that totally applies to most people. Comparing T-Mobile to Straight Talk, a prepaid bargain basement solution, is so not comparing apples to oranges.

And I'm totally not being sarcastic.

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By hyvonen on 10/10/2013 3:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
And I'd like to add that both of those are still horribly expensive to similar no-contract plans in Europe

RE: Incorrect Pricing
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2013 7:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
Wow really? That's awesome information! Thank you. I'm going to pack my bags right now and move to Europe for slightly cheaper smartphone plans. It's totally worth it!

Again, soooo not using sarcasm...

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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