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Old 12-05-2006, 06:24 PM
John Navas
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Default NEWS: Qualcomm prepares for a cell-less future

Filling in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi integration

Qualcomm has spent well in excess of $40m readying itself for a world
beyond CDMA.

The purchase of RF Micro Devices and Airgo Networks Inc gives
Qualcomm experience and technology in cutting-edge Bluetooth and
Wi-Fi communications, enabling it to compete in a world where phone
handsets support a variety of radio technologies.


Phone handsets from Nokia now sport seven different radios, so there
is an imperative for Qualcomm to be able to offer the most important
of those in a single package to manufacturers, and these purchases
will give them the ability to do just that relatively quickly.

While the ownership of key CDMA technologies has served Qualcomm well
in the past, as GSM continues to dominate and applications become
more network-agnostic they will need to innovate more aggressively if
they are to maintain their position, and acquiring such cutting-edge
technologies will work well in that regard.


Bottom line: The future of CDMA2000 looks bleaker and bleaker.

John Navas

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