A source within Qualcomm has confirmed that the company quietly acquired Open Interface North America in December of 2007. Founded in 2000, Open Interface North America (OINA) is an embedded Bluetooth software developer that has provided Bluetooth software for companies such as Sharp, Sprint, Motorola, and LG. One of OINA's most recent accomplishments was a new Bluetooth streaming audio codec named Soundabout Lossless, which promised a dramatic improvement over the prevalent A2DP Bluetooth audio standard.
Qualcomm has likely dodged a bullet that could have halted the import of some of its chips into the United States.
On Friday, the company said a judge recommended putting an end to an investigation conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission that is looking into complaints filed by handset maker Nokia against Qualcomm.
Nokia, which sells more mobile phones than any other manufacturer in the world, asked the ITC in August to ban imports of phones that included Qualcomm chips that Nokia says infringe on its patents. The patents are related to technology that enhances device performance, lowers … Read more
Chipmaker Broadcom said Monday that it has developed a new processor that integrates all key 3G cellular and mobile technologies onto a single chip.
The processor that operates at extremely low powers will enable cell phone makers to build new 3G phones in more compact form factors with very long battery lives at a fraction of what it costs today, the company said.
The new 3G "Phone on a Chip" supports the four next-generation cellular technologies used throughout the world: HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access), HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), and EDGE (… Read more
Having overseen Apple's carefully planned steps through the stock-options backdating mess, Donald Rosenberg's ready for a new challenge.
Rosenberg will resign as Apple's general counsel to take the same position at Qualcomm, the companies announced Friday. Apple is hiring Daniel Cooperman, Oracle's general counsel, to take his place effective November 1.
Qualcomm is giving Rosenberg a fancier title (executive VP, as compared with senior) and arguably a bigger legal challenge than Apple faced heading off stock-options investigators. Qualcomm, which controls almost all of the technology used in cell phone networking chips, is in the middle of … Read more
Qualcomm said Monday that its top lawyer is leaving the company.
Lou Lupin, who has served as Qualcomm's executive vice president and general counsel since 2000, is stepping down from his post, the company said. The company didn't provide any details about why Lupin is leaving. But his departure comes just a week after the company was dealt another legal blow in its ongoing battle with Broadcom.
The Bush administration has dealt another blow to chipmaker Qualcomm in its battle to dodge an International Trade Commission's ban on the importation of its advanced cell phone chips into the U.S.
On Monday, the Bush administration ruled it would not intervene and veto the ITC's decision, which was handed down in June. The ITC banned the importation of all cell phones using 3G chipsets from Qualcomm, because Qualcomm was found to have infringed on patents held by rival Broadcom.
The ban still hasn't gone into effect, but it looks like Qualcomm is running out of … Read more
WASHINGTON--Politicians from both parties on Wednesday said they were protesting a recent decision that would ban the U.S. import of all future models of mobile phones containing Qualcomm chips found to have violated Broadcom patents.
The president has the authority to overturn the U.S. International Trade Commission decision, and some members of a U.S. House of Representatives panel said at a lengthy hearing about wireless consumer issues that they have been urging that to happen.
"I will be active in talking to the ambassador and trying to find a different remedy that doesn't potentially affect … Read more
The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's request for a stay on the ban imposed earlier this month on new 3G handset models that use Qualcomm chips, Broadcom announced Friday.
Qualcomm has been found to be infringing on several patents of rival Broadcom. On June 7, the six-member ITC ordered a ban on the import of all future models of cell phones using Qualcomm chips that violate these patents. The ban affects all future versions of handsets using Qualcomm's 3G chipsets.
Broadcom said it "simply wants to be adequately compensated for the use of our … Read more
BEIJING--Every American company wants to expand into China, but so far none that has is doing that well. Baidu, the Chinese search engine, has a huge lead over Google. Amazon bought a growing local online bookseller to get its business going, but customer service and other issues caused sales to slow.
So what do people here think of U.S. companies? I decided to ask the CNET staff in China and here's what they said:
Apple: The iPod, although it costs a lot by local standards, is very popular, particularly with young consumers. Still, Steve Jobs has never visited … Read more