Motorola Moves 3G Chip Business Away From Qualcomm
Sep 12, 2007, 12:37 PM by (staff)
Motorola announced its intent to stop buying 3G chips from Qualcomm and use chips from Freescale Semiconductor and Texas Instruments in future phone designs instead. Motorola cited business reasons, and not engineering reasons, for making the supplier switch. Qualcomm is currently facing a number of legal issues which may have affected Motorola's decision, including the ITC 3G chip ban, and litigation from Nokia. It also recently lost support from Verizon Wireless, which licensed Broadcom 3G patents in favor of Qualcomm's. Texas Instruments likely welcomes this move, as it recently lost business from Nokia, which is spreading out its 3G chip suppliers to a number of vendors.
$700M in revenue going away