Our friends in San Diego have been having a tough go of it news-wise over the past few months with one country and region after another demanding a reduction in royalty payments.
A recent article in EE Times tells a story that has been repeated in the U.S., Europe and Asia. TI, Broadcom open S.Korean front against Qualcomm.
If they didn't like the terms of the contract, why did they sign it in the first place? The answer is obvious. They didn't see much choice at the time. But now that CDMA may have to give way to higher performance technologies, Qualcomm isn't the only game in town.
Qualcomm's problems, however, are bigger than bad press. The prospect of losing one or more of the royalty battles has send investors scurrying for cover.
More information is available at Qualcomm loses $11 billion in market capitalization
So what's up with Qualcomm? Is this the beginning of the end of the days of near absolute market domination? Could be, but it would be nice to know what Qualcomm has to say about it beyond the perfunctory answers it provides to the news media about pending court cases.
Some of us may have the opportunity in September when Qualcomm executives speak at a town meeting hosted by CommNexus, an industry association in San Diego.
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