Intel (NASDAQ:INTC): Intel’s latest Haswell-Y processors have flown under the radar lately due to the company’s announcements about smaller chips such as Atom and Quark, but the Haswell-Y line presents significant additional value of its own. The updated fourth-generation processors took average power usage from 7 watts to 6 watts, while the latest models bring that number down to approximately 4 watts. This could mean that core processors could appear in devices that do not have a cooling fan.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM): Qualcomm announced that it will join the directory board of the Wireless Power Consortium, a group that is in charge of the Qi wireless standard for charging. Currently, Qi is a favorite among most companies, but its devices usually only provide 5 watts of power. The move is notable because Qualcomm is a founding member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, a rival of the Consortium that could conceivably charge at rates providing 24 watts of power.
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA): Nvidia announced that, in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), the company will be opening a new lab in Grenoble, France. The lab will specialize in finding solutions to problems in high-performance computing.