The company will be called RF360 Holdings and be registered in Singapore. It is being formed to provide RF font-end modules and RF filters into industries such as mobile devices, IoT, automotive, drones, etc. Qualcomm brings its general RF expertise while TDK is strong on filtering and module integration. The two will also collaborate on sensors and wireless charging.
“TDK is a leading electronic components manufacturer with cutting-edge expertise in RF filters and modules, and we are looking forward to deepening our collaboration and together accelerating innovation and better serving the ecosystem for next-generation mobile communications,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm.
“The joint venture’s RF filters will bolster Qualcomm RF36 front-end solutions to enable Qualcomm to deliver a truly complete solution to the ecosystem. This will enable us to expand our growth opportunity by allowing us to accelerate our strategy to provide OEMs across our business segments with fully integrated systems that will enable them to deliver at scale and on an accelerated timeframe.”
“The joint venture with Qualcomm is a win for both companies, which complement each other ideally,” said Takehiro Kamigama, CEO of TDK. “Customers will benefit from our unique and comprehensive portfolio, which will further strengthen TDK’s position in key growth business segments and open new and exciting business opportunities. In this context, it was a major objective to ensure that our customers can continue to expect a seamless supply of discrete filters and duplexers, as well as modules.”
The ultimate aim of this JV, which isn’t expected to come into effect for another year or so, is to deliver the kind of multi-tech Snapdragon-type SoCs Qualcomm has been making for smartphones to embedded applications in other industries. An IoT module will ideally support all types of connectivity, including the various generations of mobile, wifi, Bluetooth, etc, and Qualcomm seems to have decided it’s best chance of getting ahead of the game in the great IoT land grab is through this partnership.