NTT DoCoMo joins Samsung and others to rival Qualcomm in chips

NTT DoCoMo joins Samsung and others to rival Qualcomm in chips
Japan’s biggest carrier NTT DoCoMo has just announced a big deal with Samsung and other Japanese electronics companies to jointly work on semiconductors for smartphones, a field currently dominated by US chipmaker Qualcomm. The allied forces in the JV also include Japanese companies Panasonic, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductors and NEC. All of them are expected to make the deal final by the end of March 2012.

Interestingly, NTT DoCoMo is likely to take the majority stake in the JV, planning to pour in around $5.8 million (450 million Japanese yen) in the partnership. Make no mistake - even though the list of companies is dominated by Japan-based ones, the production will aim at the global scene.

The JV will place focus on “feature-rich, small-size, low-power-consumption semiconductor products equipped with modem functionality.” LTE and LTE-Advanced will be the particular technologies of attention. That’s the exact direction Qualcomm has already taken on - the company is integrating LTE in its latest 22nm Snapdragon S4 chips. The new deal will make all of the participants less dependant on Qualcomm.

source: NTT DoCoMo via WSJ

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3 Comments

1. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

But the logo shown is TATA DoCoMo, the Indian subsidiary of DoCoMo.. first btw.

2. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

too little, too late now that intel are coming into the mobile processor game and will probably start making their own LTE chips

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

competition is great.. they make better things..

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