Qualcomm unit to help Chinese smartphone companies make sales overseas

Qualcomm unit to help Chinese smartphone companies make sales overseas
As the Chinese government continues to spend money helping local chip makers stay competitive in the smartphone market, U.S. companies like Qualcomm and Intel are opening branches in China, promising to help Chinese phone makers sell their wares outside of the region. Last quarter, Qualcomm opened an office in Shenzhen that looks to connect companies like Huawei and Xiaomi, and other not so famous names, with global markets.

Ironically it was complaints from some of these same phone manufacturers about Qualcomm's' pricing that led to a investigation in China. The Chinese government ruled that Qualcomm had violated antitrust laws in the country. The chipmaker decided to settle for $975 million and reduced the amount of royalties it collects from Chinese smartphone manufacturers using its chips to sell handsets in that country.

Now that it has settled with the Chinese government, Qualcomm has been trying to show its face more in the country. It has announced a $150 million fund to be used for investments in Chinese start-ups. In addition, one Qualcomm executive danced in Beijing with Sesame Street characters in order to teach children in China about mobile road safety.

U.S. tech firms have been looked at with a suspicious eye ever since Eric Snowden said that U.S. exported IT equipment was used by U.S. agencies like the CIA to spy on foreign governments. Trying to clear the reputation of U.S. tech firms overseas is hard to do, but is more important than ever to a company like Qualcomm, which has lost a large chunk of the business it used to get from Samsung. Worries about the Snapdragon 810 overheating led Samsung to turn to its own home grown chips to power its new flagship models.

Qualcomm is hoping it can take some of the Chinese manufacturers that use its Snapdragon chipsets and introduce these companies to a new audience overseas. That could help Qualcomm recoup some of the business that it lost from Samsung, and then some.


source: WSJ

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5 Comments

1. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

Qualcomm seems to be afraid of losing to exynos nobody ever imagined that exynos would send shivers down the qualcomms spine but iy seems like it did atleast now qualcomm may try to build some real worth soc 810 was doom gor qualcomm

3. seven7dust unregistered

actually qualcomm has always been behind the curve ! they just used their 3g/4g monopoly to hype snapdragons , now the true colors have shown Apple beat them to 64 bit and use of A57 cores. samsung showed even octa-croes can have great thermal design and single core speeds. qualcomm single core speeds are still in the 800s ,almost half Apple and samsung. still way too much throttling.

4. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

I think that mediatek will be their biggest competition.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Of the many benefits Capitalism brings to the economy, this have got to be one of the most apparent flaws. Once you start losing money, you wouldn't give a second thought about selling out. Next thing I know they'd intentionally make designs with Chinese backdoors (such as they arguably did for the NSA) around the globe lol..

5. Zanatech

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Qualcomm seems to be afraid of losing to exynos

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