Qualcomm needs a friend, finds one in BlackBerry

Qualcomm needs a friend, finds one in BlackBerry
With everything that has been happening to Qualcomm lately, the various lawsuits, Broadcom's merger attempt, and the potential loss of Apple's business, the chipmaker surely can use a friend. And based on a report released by Reuters today, it seems that it has found one in BlackBerry. Mind you, the latter had been something of an outcast until it worked out a licensing deal with multiple companies. Now, led by the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry is gaining some traction in the handset business.

This morning, Qualcomm and BlackBerry announced that they are teaming up to work together on the connected automobile market. BlackBerry's QNX software division already offers car manufacturers infortainment solutions, and is working on software for self-driving vehicles. The QNX Hypervisor 2.0 handles complex systems inside automobiles, and BlackBerry says that it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive platform chipset to drive (no pun intended) its product.

BlackBerry says that it will use Qualcomm's chips on the aforementioned infotainment systems, virtual cockpit controllers and electronic control gateways. Last year, Qualcomm offered to buy automobile semiconductor supplier NXP for $38 billion. If that deal closes (the latest word is that the timeframe has been pushed back to 2018), Qualcomm will become the leading supplier of chips for the automotive industry. And that should bring the company a whole new group of friends.

source: Reuters

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6 Comments

1. Peacetoall unregistered

John chen is a good man and a good leader with great foresight Qualcomm can shake their hand with blackberry without expecting any backstabbing like apple did to Qualcomm

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta agree with you here. There will be no backstabbing of any kind going on, on BlackBerry’s part, concerning this deal.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta hand it to Chen, he really has BlackBerry firing on all cylinders. With handsets like the KEYᵒⁿᵉ and the Motion getting BlackBerry back in the game Smartphone-wise, as well as deals like this that will help strengthen BlackBerry’s grip on the automotive industry, BlackBerry is looking real good.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its like you are best friends with a guy who buys from you half of your stock. You loose that friend and get a one that essentially doesn't buy almost anything from you. Loosing Apple is going to hurt qualcomm real bad as its a company that only makes few kinds of chips, they arent Samsung which can loose Apple as they make and sell everything.

5. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Qualcomm should be fine by sourcing Blackberry with their SOCs for their automotive business. Blackberry is a big player over there, they source to Ford, FCA and BMW, among others. Sales numbers may be fewer but gain margin per piece should be equal if not greater. Moreover, car business is a lot more stable than mobile

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Haven't been here in forever and seriously who writes 'friends' in an article for the tech industry?

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