Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?

If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter’s handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.

From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant …


Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's takeover bid; this could be the start of an epic Wall Street battle

As expected, Qualcomm this morning said no to the largest tech takeover bid in history. Fellow chipmaker Broadcom had offered $60 in cash and $10 in stock for each Qualcomm share, a transaction valued at $105 billion. Qualcomm told stockholders to reject the tender offer, stating that it amounts to Broadcom trying to buy it on the cheap. Despite the rejection, there are still ways that Broadcom can execute an end around past its target’s board.

Broadcom is said to be considering a proxy contest, asking Qualcomm stockholders to vote on replacing the latter’s current board with a slate of …

Qualcomm to reject Broadcom's unsolicited $103 billion bid?

Now that Broadcom has a $103 billion unsolicited bid on the table for fellow chip maker Qualcomm, the word from four people familiar with Qualcomm’s thinking is that the San Diego based provider of Snapdragon mobile chips is going to turn down the deal. Broadcom says that for every share of Qualcomm it receives, the latter’s stockholders will get $60 in cash and $10 in Broadcom stock.

The $70 face value of the transaction is a 28% premium from Qualcomm’s closing stock price the day before rumors about the merger first started to appear. Qualcomm’s Board of Directors is rumored to have met …

Qualcomm gets record breaking $130 billion offer from Broadcom

This morning, Semiconductor producer Broadcom offered a record breaking $130 billion for mobile chip maker Qualcomm. The deal would be the largest of all-time in the tech sector, and works out to $70 in cash and stock. That is a 28% premium for Qualcomm’s shares computed from Thursday’s close. That was the last day that Qualcomm traded without talk of an impending bid from Broadcom. Broadcom will assume $25 billion in Qualcomm debt, which is included in the total amount of the transaction.

If the deal is agreed to by stock holders and regulators, the combined company will be the world’s …

Qualcomm sues Apple, claiming breach of contract

As we have noted before, Apple and Qualcomm have been suing each other left and right over several issues including Qualcomm’s failure to pay Apple $1 billion that Apple claims it is owed by the chip maker. Qualcomm claims that manufacturers that build Apple products like the iPhone and iPad, have withheld Qualcomm royalties at Apple’s request. The latter has attempted to get an injunction against Apple that would prevent the firm from selling the iPhone in China. And Apple says that Qualcomm has refused to license its standard essential patents at the required fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory …

Report: Qualcomm to receive unsolicited takeover bid from Broadcom as soon as this weekend

According to a report in the WSJ, Qualcomm, currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits with Apple, is apparently about to receive an unsolicited takeover bid from semiconductor designer Broadcom. The deal could be announced as soon as this weekend and is expected to be made up of 80% to 90% cash, with the remainder in stock. Qualcomm’s shares soared 12.71% on the rumor, or $6.97, to $61.81. Broadcom’s stock also rose on the report, adding $14.13 or 5.45% to $273.63.

Qualcomm is known for its Snapdragon chipsets used to power many smartphones. The company’s modem chips have been used by …

Apple, looking ahead to life without Qualcomm, designs 2018 models for Intel and MediaTek modem chips

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties, which led Qualcomm to seek an injunction banning iPhone sales in China, may end up permanently damaging the San Diego based chip designer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is designing its 2018 iPhone and iPad models to work with modem chips supplied by Intel and MediaTek. Apple will apparently not use Qualcomm’s modem chips for its 2018 mobile devices even though Qualcomm says that the “modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple.”

Apple has always …

Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China

As we’ve written a number of times, Qualcomm is embroiled in a number of lawsuits involving Apple. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed. Apple also has asked iPhone and iPad manufacturers not to pay royalties to Qualcomm for failing to offer its standard essential patents in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner.

Late last month, Qualcomm filed a suit in Beijing intellectual property court claiming that Apple infringed on its patents. The chip maker is asking for an injunction that would prevent the company from selling …

Qualcomm is fined $774 million in Taiwan for refusing to properly license its technology

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has fined Qualcomm $774 million for abusing the monopoly it happens to have in the handset market where its chips are widely used in the manufacture of smartphones. With a commanding share of the market in CDMA, WCDMA (3G) and LTE chipsets, the Fair Trade Commission accused the chip maker of holding back on licensing its technology. The Taiwan FTC also is ordering Qualcomm to submit a report twice a year on its negotiations with other firms.

Qualcomm is the middle of similar lawsuits involving Apple and the U.S. FTC. Apple claims that Qualcomm refused to …

Judge rules against Qualcomm twice in its patent battles against Apple

Judge Gonzolo P. Curiel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, today rejected Qualcomm’s request for a preliminary injunction. Qualcomm was hoping that the court would force manufacturers of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to pay the chip maker royalties for the use of certain Qualcomm patents. These standard essential patents are supposed to be licensed using fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND). Contract manufacturers like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. have stopped paying Qualcomm royalties …