HTC to go ahead with S3 Graphics acquisition
Had the lawsuit ended favorably for S3 Graphics, HTC would have found themselves in a much better legal position, having found themselves the owners of a non-FRAND poison-pill patent that would have forced Apple back to the negotiating table. Unfortunately for HTC, the S3 Graphics suit was dismissed last November, and HTC quickly announced that it was reconsidering whether it really wanted to purchase S3 after all.
According to analysts speaking with Reuters, the “backing out” maneuver may have been a negotiating tactic, as the strategic value of S3’s intellectual property obviously decreased somewhat at that point. No purchase price was provided with today’s announcement, but we imagine the final deal is something less than $300 million. The deal will still most likely serve to strengthen HTC’s IP portfolio, although it doesn’t offer the silver-bullet solution they had originally hoped.
It’s hypothetically possible that HTC could leverage the talent and experience of S3 Graphics employees to design a custom GPU for future phones, but we don’t think this is terribly likely at this time. S3 hasn’t been a major player in current ARM-based GPU design, and it would be well beyond HTC’s core competencies to attempt to create a new internal hardware for their phones. Of course the companies that do design their own chips – Apple and Samsung – also enjoy higher profit margins. With HTC still reeling from recent losses in market share and revenue, we suppose nothing is completely off the table.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I remember how much we all found it sad/hilarious when HTC backed out of the deal when the judge nixed the countersuit.
I also find it sobering that 300 million for patents was considered a good deal.
Remember when 300,000,000$ was alot of money??
4. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
It still is a lot of money. Certain companies just have too much money that $300 million isn't much, especially if this deal can allow HTC to create its own graphic chips that would benefit the company in the upcoming years.
5. rn9215 (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Hope HTC produces a powerful graphics solution for its future line up!
And this deal will provide HTC some patents to help it against trolls like Apple!