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January 9, 2018

Qualcomm’s president says Spectre and Meltdown aren’t big areas of concern

by John_A

Qualcomm’s new president talks about the latest CPU threats.

Earlier this week, news broke about two processor vulnerabilities by the names of Spectre and Meltdown. These two vulnerabilities essentially reveal weaknesses for just about every gadget with a CPU, including the likes of computers, laptops, and even your phone.

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Qualcomm’s President Cristiano Amon was asked about his thoughts on Spectre and Meltdown during a press conference at CES 2018, and according to Amon, neither vulnerability serves as a serious threat to mobile devices since Qualcomm has already worked with its many partners to get patches pushed out that have hardly any impact on device performance.

More specifically, Amon said:

There are a few things that are unique about the mobile ecosystem. Users download from an app store. On top of that, the impact you had on Android and ARM — we had patches that got released as early as December to some OEMs.

Following this, Amon ended his response by saying:

Specifically, when we look at the fixes that are available, especially when you look at memory mapping, the global ecosystem has adapted. This is not an area of concern for us and the mobile ecosystem.

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