3 Chip Stocks to Note Now: Intel’s Ivy Bridge Price Leaks, Qualcomm Goes Exploring with Nokia, and AMD Looks Beyond the PC
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC): Pricing information for Intel’s new Ivy Bridge-E (IVB-E) processors has been leaked, and according to AnandTech, the units range from about $300 to around $1,060. AnandTech also points out that the IVB-E parts are mostly lower than the SNB-E SKUs they’re replacing, and thanks to architectural enhancements, the units perform better — and for less.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM): Coming off the news that Qualcomm will be building small cells for Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU), the chip maker is also partnering with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) for a very different reason: maps. Nokia’s mapping division, Nokia Here, has shared its extensive database of indoor maps to museums, airports, and so on — some 50,000 buildings across 9,000 venues in 69 countries — with Qualcomm. The program complements the latter’s IZat program, which uses special fingerprinting to get a location within a few meters.
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD): Though it’s coming off some serious product wins with the next generation of game consoles, AMD’s portfolio has largely been based off PC sales, which have been suffering as of late. Now it appears that the company is exploring higher-growth markets like mobile. “We are anticipating that close to 20 percent [of] revenue will come from tablets and embedded devices this year,” AMD President and CEO Rory Read said to The Hindu.