Qualcomm Snaps Up Flarion
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Aug 11, 2005, 9:25 AM by (staff)
Qualcomm today announced a $600 million deal to acquire Flarion, a major developer of OFDM mobile wireless technology. Qualcomm stressed that it plans to remain focused on CDMA for the foreseeable future, but "with Flarion we can now more effectively support operators who prefer OFDMA or hybrid OFDM/CDMA." Flarion's Flash-OFDM technology has been trialed by several carriers worldwide, including Nextel. The acquisition will bolster Qualcomm's existing OFDM efforts, including its new FLO technology for multimedia multicasting. OFDM is the basis for several proposed "4G" wireless technologies.
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Watch out WiMAX - UMTS
The days of BS are over boys. WiMAX is years (like 3-5) from being mobile if it ever does become mobile and UMTS really dropped the ball on data. WCDMA is a poor data tech and HSDPA is only a little less bad.
Q now has a commercial ready fully mobile OFDMA that works and well (i kind of thought it was ofdm not ofdma but hey). I've used it by the way. Q is now 3-5 years ahead. Flarion was having problems trying to get major customers because the major customers wanted a standard or the backing of someone like...Qualcomm.
Q also gets patents on mobile OFDMA and an opportunity to attempt to sue WiMAX and the ...
Ofdm is a true competitor against wimax and umts/hsdpa.
Great purchase by my beloved qualcomm. 🙂