Qualcomm today announced the purchase of two different companies and their intellectual property. The CDMA giant will buy the staff and intellectual property of RF Micro Devices' Bluetooth division in order to integrate advanced Bluetooth features into its phone chips. The company also announced the purchase of Airgo, a maker of Wi-Fi chipsets. Qualcomm will use this purchase to integrate 802.11 b/g and n into future phone chipsets as well as a new platform code named Snapdragon. It is likely Airgo's patents on multiple in, multiple out (MIMO) technology made the company even more attractive to Qualcomm, as that is integral to 802.11n as well as many flavors of WiMax.
im worried about Qualcomm tightening their noose on the wireless industry, and aquiring companies left and right to mass produce chips with new technologies that they acquire., they are strong-arming the other chip manufactures, this makes me nervous as qualcomm one of the largest producers of CDMA2000 chips(1xrtt, 1xEVDO) plus 3GSM chips(HSDPA, UMTS).
qualcomm makes the chips that allow cdma devices to work on cdma network... i dont believe this has anything to do with bluetooth... when you will see the major drop in bluetooth headsets is when all device manufacturers start including bluetooth in a... (continues)