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Qualcomm’s baseband chip dominance threatened by new JV uniting Samsung, NTT DoCoMo and three others

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Qualcomm’s baseband chip dominance threatened by new JV uniting Samsung, NTT DoCoMo and three others
Qualcomm’s has largely dominated the mobile baseband chip space with share reaching 80%, but now Japanese megacarrier NTT DoCoMo aims to threaten that monopoly by negotiating a new joint-venture over baseband chip manufacturing with Samsung. The new JV, if the negotiations turn out to be successful, will also include three other Japanese companies - Fujitsu, NEC and Panasonic’s mobile division. Baseband chips control the wireless communication and signal.

Talks are reportedly currently in their final stages and the new partnership may be formed as early as next year.

The partnership will design, develop and then outsource chip production, while the actual chips will be used on devices from those companies. The leading party in the JV will be DoCoMo, which is expected to get a $390 million (30 billion won) majority stake. The company confirmed that it’s looking for partnerships with many companies, but was rather vague on specifics about such JV with Samsung. Fujitsu and Samsung remained mum, but if this passes through as it might, Qualcomm might have to look out. 

source: Reuters via PC World

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posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:26 2

1. A (unregistered)


No one can beat Qualcomm. It is the best.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:28 2

2. A (unregistered)


No one can beat Qualcomm. It the best.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:22

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


as long as your not talking about their SoC chips.. ugh..

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:31 1

3. Processor (unregistered)


Qualcomm is an American wireless telecommunications research and development company, as well as the LARGEST fabless chip supplier in the world, based in San Diego, California. Even htc, samsung etc. use Qualcomm chips in their devices.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 20:27

5. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)


just because its made in America and researched in America, it does not mean that it is the best. sure it will take some time for these guys to get as good as Qualcomm everybody has to start from somewhere, and hey for all we know they maybe have something new and very economical in store for us, like cheap Quad-band LTE chips? :-)

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