Every day, more stuff is being linked to the Web -- from city infrastructure to cars to wearable devices. Qualcomm wants to be the company powering all those new connections.
The San Diego based firm -- the world's biggest maker of chips for mobile electronics -- should hit on this broad ambition during its 2015 Consumer Electronics Show presentation Monday, starting at noon PT.
We'll be there live-blogging the event, providing photos, news and analysis starting about half an hour before the presentation starts.
The chipmakerof some of what it will present at CES, showing off the capabilities of its new Snapdragon 810 mobile chip. The chip for premium smartphones and tablets starts shipping in devices early this year and gives devices a kick up from its predecessor, the 805, thanks to a stronger processor, improved data speeds, longer battery life and fuller support of 4K video, the next step up from high-definition video.
Qualcomm is hoping smartphone and tablet makers use the 810's improved processor and higher speeds to make devices that can come even closer to replacing your laptop or desktop -- which in turn could help Qualcomm sell more of its mobile chips. Also, having a new top-of-the-line chip is critical to maintaining its leadership ahead of lower-cost competitors like MediaTek.
In addition to discussing the company's new top-tier Snapdragon, Qualcomm President Derek Aberle could mention developments in connected cars, wearables or its new partnership to create free Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City, .
The company has been struggling with a long-running anti-monopoly investigation in China -- Qualcomm's biggest market by revenue -- but it's unlikely the company will use its stage at CES to discuss updates about that issue.