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Qualcomm rounds up the boys, launches smart city accelerator

Fresh off its Apple victory, Qualcomm is launching a new campaign, rallying the troops around a new banner – the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program. Effectively a channel to drive demand for Qualcomm’s products in the growing smart city market, the program, like all other similar projects, runs the risk of adding to the fragmentation in the IoT – but if it earns Qualcomm dollars, it’s not going to be too shaken up about it. In terms of the silicon vendors, Intel is the closest direct rival to Qualcomm here, and given Intel’s track record, we don’t envision it doing better than Qualcomm in this regard. Qualcomm is really pushing to have its chips at the heart of all manner…

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