IBM And QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM): Stirring The World Of Wireless Network
On Tuesday, Computing services giant International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) said that it will buy the Now Factory, a privately held company based in Dublin, Ireland, which builds software used to analyze wireless network usage. Financial terms were kept secret.
IBM said Now Factory’s features will be added to its Mobile First Analytics portfolio of services that will examine business data and search for optimizing the online experience of customers.
Company said that service providers are facing difficulties under the load of data demands as consumer’s usage of video, gaming and other online data on their phones and tablets is increasing day by day. The Now Factory adds capabilities to examine how consumers interact with various services on their phones, and to yield faster insights on their behavior. QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), which has been a major supporter of the Alliance for Wireless Power, is now going to experience two rival wireless-charging-standards efforts.
On Friday, the company announced that it had joined the Wireless Power Consortium board of management. Later on Tuesday, company also confirmed that it had also joined the Power Matters Alliance, where it will co-chair a resonant-power working group. According to Qualcomm, both the WPC and PMA have the plans to experience new kind of resonant or loosely coupled wireless power parallel to Qualcomm’s WiPower.
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) said in a statement to AllThingsD that by these joint ventures, Qualcomm can utilize its expertise in resonant wireless power to allow and to look toward harmonization across wireless power standards. It is Qualcomm’s belief that the other entities can leverage the work in resonant wireless charging that has been completed by the Alliance for Wireless Power.
All of the three wireless-charging groups have somewhat different perspectives towards wireless charging, as well as their own financial setups, though there is also some overlap in membership. The WPC and its Qi brand have the lead in an area of devices shipment, while the Power Matters group has strong backing from companies such as Starbucks, which is testing the technology in Silicon Valley.