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Samsung to Build Its Own WiMax, LTE Chips

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Dec 30, 2008, 9:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung is taking steps to begin fabricating its own WiMax and LTE chips for cell phones and other devices, according to the EETimes. Samsung said the move is being taken, in part, to eliminate the licensing fees it pays to chipmaker Qualcomm. Getting rid of the licensing fees could reduce the cost of Samsung's handsets. Samsung already has a fabrication plant located in Texas, and is one of the world's largest suppliers of memory. Samsung did not provide any sort of timeline for the development and fabrication of these chips.

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Dec 30, 2008, 10:46 AM

Absolutely Awesome!

This is big news! Qualcomm first backs LTE and now Samsung being the second biggest handset and chip maker are indeed going to make both WiMax and LTE technology. To make a handset for WiMax was and is expected due to them being a supporter of WiMax, but to actually also make a chip is an added boost for WiMax and Great for us consumers! A more affordable device. Choice is what we need for the future of 4G to remain affordable and this is a great step forward in retaining the balance of power to keep that control.
brilliant move for samsung.

and here at our sprint store, Samsung makes the 3 most requested phones at awesom prices already. Samsung just needs to make sure the chip is reliable.

Dec 30, 2008, 10:08 PM

Mighty Qualcomm

Looks like Qualcomm is just another chipmaker now.
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