A few days ago Qualcomm was slammed by a $1.2 billion fine due to a monopoly accusation involving Qualcomm components and Apple’s iPhones. However, at the same week, the Chipset maker was contemplated by a $2 billion deal with some of the Chinese smartphone makers.
Xiaomi, Lenovo, and the BBK owned – Oppo and Vivo, have signed a deal with Qualcomm to buy $2 billion worth of Qualcomm’s components for the next three years. Interestingly enough, the deal is a non-binding agreement, which means that either party can break off negotiations at any time if they’re not satisfied.
What is funny is that the deal doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s processors, but RFEE components. Those components will allow manufacturers to build more complex smartphones at large scale in a near future.
Qualcomm’s RF-front-end is a suite of comprehensive solutions that will allow Smartphone OEMs to build more power-efficient handsets while keeping the offer of advanced products to all costumers around the globe. Furthermore, Qualcomm solutions will save Manufacturer’s time waste in building appropriate design and efforts to deliver a high-end performance to the handsets.
“Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is introducing a suite of comprehensive RF front-end (RFFE) solutions, making it the first mobile technology provider to develop and commercialize a comprehensive platform spanning from the digital modem to the antenna port. The latest additions to the Qualcomm® RF360™ family of RFFE products are Qualcomm Technologies’ first gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier modules (QPA5460, QPA5461, QPA4360 and QPA4361) and the next-generation Qualcomm® TruSignal™ antenna performance enhancement solution (QAT35xx) to drive superior RF performance by utilizing modem intelligence and system-level design and optimization.”
Both Xiaomi, Lenovo, Vivo, and Oppo have a huge interest in the western markets, with Qualcomm’s development aid, we expect to see massive world-wide investments coming from them.