Joined: Dec 27, 2006
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From: Johannesburg, South Africa
This seems some clarification of why we aren't seeing more chips from other manufacturers being used across Android.
Chip maker Qualcomm has been having a rough couple of months, not only getting sued by Apple â€” one of its largest customers â€” for unfair licensing costs, but also being accused of anti-competitive tactics by the Federal Trade Commission. In the case of the latter, now some of Qualcommâ€™s biggest rivals have chimed in, offering statements to the FTC in support of their monopoly accusations.
Back in January the FTC filed a complaint in federal court that states Qualcomm uses standards-essential patents to force phone makers and others in the mobile processor industry to pay higher royalties and license payments, which is a violation of the FTCâ€™s rules on FRAND terms, or â€śfair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory.â€ť
This week both Samsung and Intel have filed amicus briefs with the court supporting the FTCâ€™s lawsuit and opposing Qualcommâ€™s request to dismiss the case. Each company notes that Qualcomm uses its patents in order to remain the dominant player in the mobile chip industry.
â€śQualcomm has maintained an interlocking web of abusive patent and commercial practices that subverts competition on the merits,â€ť wrote Intel. Samsung noted that because Qualcomm refuses to offer the necessary license, its Exynos chips arenâ€™t available to other companies.
The FTC trial is scheduled to begin on June 15th, so weâ€™ll soon find out if Qualcomm will need to start playing fairly.