Qualcomm to invest in startups

Qualcomm’s investment arm has pledged to commit Eur100m to European small and medium sized enterprises and startups working on the 3G WCDMA platform. The outfit is targeting mobile application and platform software developers, handset components, network infrastructure and core technologies providers. In addition to cash, Qualcomm Ventures will also provide companies with strategic guidance, advice […]

Nokia goes on offensive against Qualcomm

Finnish vendor Nokia fired its counterstrike against chip giant Qualcomm on Thursday. The pair have been locked in a bitter dispute, with Nokia maintaining that its products do not infringe either of the two Qualcomm patents named in the suit and asserting that both patents are invalid. On Thursday, Nokia made patent counter assertions against […]

Fists keep flying between Nokia, Qualcomm

In the increasingly tedious patent licensing dispute between mobile giants Nokia and Qualcomm, the mud keeps flying. Qualcomm on Thursday rejected Nokia’s $20m payment, which the Finn offered as an as an advance payment on Qualcomm royalties. The US chip shop maintains that both the amount of the payment and the terms that Nokia is […]

Nokia, Qualcomm still at loggerheads

Chip giants Nokia and Qualcomm are falling out big time over payments for patented technologies in 3G handsets. On Thursday, Nokia said that it has paid Qualcomm $20m for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007, stemming from licensing agreements from 1992 that partially expired on April 9. However, Qualcomm feels that it has been […]

Qualcomm hits Nokia with more lawsuits

Qualcomm said Tuesday that it had filed more lawsuits against Finish mobile manufacturer, Nokia. The move comes a week before the companies’ existing cross-licensing agreement expires. Qualcomm said the lawsuits relate to downloading applications and other content over a GPRS/EDGE wireless data network as well as speech encoders used in certain models of GSM mobiles. […]

Qualcomm polishes up Rev. B

US chip shop Qualcomm on Monday took the wraps off a Mobile Station Modem chipset supporting CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Revision B. Rev. B is set to deliver advanced capabilities for next generation data and multimedia services, with recent field tests boasting in average data rates of 9.3Mbps on the downlink over 5 MHz of spectrum. […]

Broadcom scores against Qualcomm

In on of the many ongoing patent dispute sagas between mobile vendors, Broadcom appeared to get one up on Qualcomm on Thursday, when a federal district court found that Qualcomm failed to disclose patents to an industry standards body. As a result, the court ruled that the vendor waived its rights to enforce two patents […]

Broadcom still after Qualcomm

Just when it looked like Broadcom and Qualcomm were getting around to burying the hatchet, Broadcom has reportedly gone before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and called for a ban on US handset imports using Qualcomm chips. Broadcom is asking the ITC to block imports of handsets using Qualcomm EV-DO and WCDMA chipsets. Broadcom […]

Nokia still disputing Qualcomm patents

US chip shop Qualcomm is still being bounced from pillar to post over various patent disputes. No sooner had the company buried the hatchet with Broadcom, when Nokia filed complaints against the US vendor requesting “declarations that Qualcomm’s European patents are exhausted in respect of products placed on the European Union market with a Qualcomm […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom call off spat

US chip shops Qualcomm and Broadcom have agreed to settle their patent spat out of court, it emerged on Wednesday. The agreement comes a week before the two companies were due to appear in court. Neither firm has released details of a settlement. Qualcomm and Broadcom have been at loggerheads for some 18 months now, […]

BREW cooks up $1bn in revenues

Qualcomm said Monday that its BREW application and content delivery platform has become a billion dollar industry since the first commercial deployment of BREW services in November 2001. BREW has been commercially deployed by wireless operators in 31 countries around the world and last year broke into Europe. In September, O2 UK announced the availability […]

Qualcomm jacks HSPA speed with MIMO move

CDMA pioneer Qualcomm on Monday announced the expansion of its product roadmap to include HSPA. Speaking to Telecoms.com at the 3GSM World Congress, William Davidson, vice president of global marketing and investor relations, said Qualcomm’s HSPA+ initiative includes support for MIMO technology. Based on the 3GPP Release 7 standard, HSPA+ claims data rates of up […]

Qualcomm descrambles mobile TV

Qualcomm moved to unify three of the leading mobile TV technologies in a single device this week, with the news that its Universal Broadcast Modem (UBM) chip is sampling ahead of schedule. Mobile TV has made its appearance as one of the most gripping topics at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona this year and the […]

FLO standardisation moves along

The FLO Forum, a trade association of proponents of Qualcomm’s FLO (Forward Link Only) technology, on Tuesday said they had submitted the FLO Transport Specification to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-47.1 subcommittee. The move marks another milestone in the open standardisation of FLO technology, the Forum said. The proposed standard specifies the framing formats […]

Verizon unveils TV offerings

As expected, US operator Verizon Wireless announced the launch of its mobile TV service based on the Qualcomm MediaFLO platform on Monday. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Verizon’s new president and chief operating officer, Denny Strigl, unveiled the V CAST Mobile TV offering, which will launch within the next couple of months. […]

TIM gets BREW on the boil

Leading Italian mobile operator, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), said Monday that it has signed up to launch wireless data services based on Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform. The operator will offer the services over its 3G network and plans to make available new applications and services including premium 3D games, a dynamic idle screen with […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom both claim small victory

In the latest twist in the increasingly tedious Qualcomm versus Broadcom patent dispute, both sides have claimed victory. Late Tuesday, an administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Qualcomm has not infringed two of the three Broadcom patents in question. However, the ITC also found that Qualcomm does infringe five […]

Qualcomm denied in Broadcom patent spat

US chip shop Qualcomm had its request for a preliminary injunction against rival chip firm Broadcom denied late Monday. US District Court Judge Rudi Brewster said that Qualcomm’s requested injunction to stop Broadcom’s development and sale of 3G cellular chips was “light years beyond” what would be appropriate. The two chip manufacturers have been scrapping […]

Qualcomm, O2 BREW up cool content initiative

Over a year in the planning, US chip shop Qualcomm this week realised its vision of deploying the BREW content delivery system over GSM. Telefonica’s UK mobile operation, O2, introduced its own-branded Ice 3G handset Monday – Europe’s first device to use Qualcomm’s BREW-based uiOne interface. uiOne is an operator customisable users interface, which allows […]

Broadcom takes hit in patent spat

US chip shop Broadcom suffered a setback in its patent spat with CDMA pioneer Qualcomm Friday, when the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed Broadcom’s antitrust complaint. The two chip vendors have been scrapping over alleged antitrust violations by Qualcomm for over a year now. But late last week the […]


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