With Apple about to cut ties with Qualcomm, chip designer gets new president

With Apple about to cut ties with Qualcomm, chip designer gets new president
This has been a rather tough year for Qualcomm. Legal battles with Apple over patent royalties have the chip designer in the corporate doghouse in Cupertino. Things are so bad that Apple is apparently looking to replace Qualcomm's modem with MediaTek's version of the component for the 2018 iPhone models. And don't forget that the company is the target of a hostile takeover attempt by Broadcom.

Today, Qualcomm announced that Cristiano R. Amon has been promoted to president of Qualcomm. He will remain top dog of  the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies division (QCT) and will report to Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf. Amon replaces Derek Aberle, who said back in August that he would leave after the year ended.

Amon, 47, has been with Qualcomm since 1995 and he has a background in chips. That contrasts with the departing Aberle, whose focus was on patent licensing. With Aberle leaving, perhaps Qualcomm will be able to extend an olive branch to Apple before it becomes too late for Qualcomm to become involved in next year's iPhone models. Amon also has the background necessary to help lead Qualcomm into the 5G era.


As for the unsolicited bid from Broadcom, Qualcomm will most likely be more responsive to a higher bid priced above the current $70 a share offer.

source: Qualcomm

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5 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Of course Apple will cut away from Qualcomm, they already copied the designs they want.

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Interesting news - Note 8 starting dying after it reach battery percentage 0. https://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-note-8/834137-warning-do-not-let-your-battery-die.html

4. Nopers unregistered

Hilarious considering the first thing you’re recommended to do with a new phone is to charge it to 100% and drain it to 0%. I wonder how many people have ended up with a brick after that.

3. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Apple.signed a deal. Qualcomm does not need Apple. Apple only was buying their CDMA modem, which is why Samsung also uses Qualcomm. Also if has been proven that Qualcomm does make the most compatible CDMA modem needed for Sprint and Verizon. Even Intel's modem is flawed and also slower. Now one else has a gigabit CDMA modem. Apple shooting themselves in rh3 foot. When you are the only option you can charge what you think your tech is worth. Apple who over charges for all their product has an issue with Qualcomm charging wgatvthwybfeel their tech is worth? As a buyer you don't dictate the terms. It's offered at a price. You take it or leave it. Now if QC worked to be the best, then they will charge the most, but they don't have a 100% monop9lybon modems. They may on having the superior tech. Apple who has a 100% monopoly on IOS is crying fowl? That's why QC could be the company behind this Apple slowing down phones revelation. QC could have chosen some nobody and said, show this and Apple reputation will take a big hit. And it has....big time!

5. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

But big companies can’t abuse monopoly like qualcom is doing. Google was also fined for abusing monopoly in europe for around $2.7BN. If they can fine google then why not qualcom? Also Qualcom was charging different rates for same components on the cost of product it goes into

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