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Moto delays handset launch

It looks like beleaguered handset vendor Motorola is having yet more trouble. The company said Friday that it has had to delay the launch of its autumn collection of handsets due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Moto had been planning to unveil its new range of devices on October 3 at an event in London but something […]

Qualcomm chips back on the menu

Embattled US chip shop Qualcomm won a victory of sorts on Wednesday, when a federal judge granted a stay on the ban preventing the import of handsets containing Qualcomm chips. The stay pending appeal applies to third party handset manufacturers and operators that filed motions seeking limited exclusion from the order imposed by the ITC […]

Moto goes to Texas, freezes out Qualcomm

The bad news just keeps on coming for Qualcomm, with revelations this week that Motorola has removed the US chip vendor from its 3G suppliers list. In the short term, Moto is believed to be shifting its business to its own chipset spin off, Freescale Semiconductor, but in the long run, it looks like Texas […]

MediaFlo for the Maxis

Qualcomm has announced a trial of its MediaFlo mobile TV solution in Malaysia, where the vendor will be partnering with leading Malaysian operator Maxis Communications and TV network Astro. The trial is scheduled to begin in the Autumn of this year, and will feature 25 live content channels from Astro. The service will also offer […]

Nokia sticks boot into Qualcomm

Following Broadcom’s recent patent victory over Qualcomm, Finnish vendor Nokia has escalated its complaint against the CDMA pioneer to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), hoping for a similar result. Nokia alleges that Qualcomm has engaged in unfair trade practices and has infringed five Nokia patents in its CDMA and WCDMA/GSM chipsets. Nokia is requesting […]

Qualcomm lawyer makes quick exit

Qualcomm’s most senior legal advisor stepped down, just days after the US chip shop suffered a staggering defeat over its patent dispute case with rival Broadcom. Lou Lupin resigned his position as executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm on Monday. Less than a week before, the Bush administration let stand the US International […]

Nokia revises chipset strategy

Finnish vendor Nokia introduced a licensing and multisourcing model for its chipset strategy on Wednesday, discontinuing parts of its own chipset development operations and increasing its reliance on third parties. Nokia said the move would allow it to focus on its core competence in modem technology and invest in R&D areas besides radio technology, such […]

Bush backs Qualcomm ban

US chip shop Broadcom was probably celebrating on Monday evening after securing its victory over Qualcomm in the long running patent dispute between the two firms. On Monday, the Bush administration let stand the US International Trade Commission (ITC) order barring the importation of Qualcomm chips and phones containing those chips that infringe a Broadcom […]

Qualcomm: Broadcom settlement unlikely

US chip shop Qualcomm said on Wednesday that a settlement with rival vendor Broadcom is unlikely, because of the potential impact on the CDMA pioneer’s licensing business. During its quarterly results announcement on Wednesday, the big Q said that it would continue to defend itself from Broadcom’s attempts to obtain an injunction precluding the sale […]

Verizon sidesteps Qualcomm ban

US cellco Verizon Wireless has ceased its attempts to overturn the recent ban on Qualcomm chips and has signed a licensing agreement with US chip shop Broadcom instead. Verizon said it made the deal so it can continue to sell 3G handsets. Last month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) banned the import of new 3G […]

WiMAX boss blasts Qualcomm

WiMAX Forum boss Ron Resnick bombarded Qualcomm with criticism at a meeting with analysts in London on Wednesday. No surprises there, Qualcomm is a strong opponent of WiMAX and Resnick is paid to promote it, so comity was never on the cards. “It’s being used now to slow down WiMAX deployments,” was his response to […]

3 to launch BREW on X-Series

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G unit, 3, has agreed to deploy Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform across a bunch of its X-Series devices. Using BREW, 3 plans to embed applications on the handset to deliver a more integrated user experience, which in turn will encourage take up of services, the operator said. Qualcomm claims that BREW changes […]

PCCW has a go with MediaFLO

Hong Kong telco PCCW said Monday it is testing Qualcomm’s MediaFLO broadcast mobile TV system. The operator’s HKT (Hong Kong Telecom) division is something of a specialist in IPTV, having launched IPTV services in September 2003 and built up a portfolio of 130 channels. The MediaFLO trials are intended to run until November and will […]

US fallout from Qualcomm chip ban

South Korean handset manufacturers LG Electronics and Samsung are understood to be lobbying for a suspension on the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) ban of 3G phones using Qualcomm chips. The ban came into force on Friday after the ITC found Qualcomm guilty of infringing patents held by rival Broadcom. Both LG and Samsung are expected […]

Nokia kicks Qualcomm while it’s down

Finnish equipment manufacturer Nokia took the opportunity to put the boot into Qualcomm again on Monday, claiming that the embattled chip firm is infringing Nokia patents in its broadcast media business. US chip vendor Qualcomm is still dealing with the fallout after the International Trade Commission (ITC) banned the import of future 3G handsets using […]

Feds ban Qualcomm chips

US chip shop Qualcomm was struck another blow on Thursday as a US federal agency banned the import of new 3G phone models using chips made by the firm. The ban, set by the International Trade Commission (ITC), came into effect Friday but will only become final after 60 days. During that time, Qualcomm will […]

Patent disputes may hurt 3G

US chip shop Qualcomm suffered a major blow on Tuesday, when a US federal jury awarded rival Broadcom $19.64m in damages and found Qualcomm guilty of infringing three Broadcom patents. The jury ruled that the three patents, related to cellular baseband chips and software, are valid and found Qualcomm’s infringement to be willful. As a […]

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 […]

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