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NTT DoCoMo to Lead Anti-Qualcomm Joint Venture

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Sep 12, 2011, 2:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

NTT DoCoMo today signaled that it, along with a handful of other Asian electronics makers, intend to band together to form a joint venture that will eventually supply the participants with wireless baseband chips. The goal is to reduce the companies' reliance on Qualcomm for such components. Reuters reports that some of the companies involved include Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications, and Samsung. DoCoMo will take a majority stake in the joint venture, which the companies believe will help reduce the cost of certain smartphone components. The companies would use the chips developed by this joint venture rather than Qualcomm's chips. The joint venture will be headquartered in Japan and start with an initial capitalization of $389.6 million.


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Sep 12, 2011, 7:46 PM

This is Absurd

O.K., so these jerks want to to rail out the guy that invented CDMA? What is that all about? All I can say is that I will not be surprised if I see a major spike in KYOCERA (Kyoto Ceramics) products that QUALCOMM have a distinct relationship with.Other than the fact that QUALCOMM demand a fat royalty for their chips, and I understand it in principal, but really? I was in the United States Navy when QUALCOMM were running trials, and when they received a contract for their technology. All I can say is, you better bring your "A" game when you are trying to duplicate this technology. Royalties will still be due though. Yes, if you can produce the chip for less, and ship product faster, then do so. I just don't think that they can pull it off. I ...
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