Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Oct 2017 10:56 UTC
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Within a matter of weeks, Qualcomm, which had been valued at more than $100 billion in December 2016, had lost a quarter of its market capitalization, an outcome that Qualcomm executives say was Apple's intent all along. "Apple's game plan is to squeeze people until they finally say, 'OK, the pressure's too hard. I'll just take a deal,'" said Derek Aberle, then Qualcomm's president and the company's chief negotiator, in an interview in July. Apple, on the other hand, presents the dispute as a matter of fairness. "It's not that we can't pay," Sewell says. "It's that we shouldn't have to pay."

The case, which could go to trial in a San Diego federal court as early as next year, could have a profound impact on the mobile phone business. A Qualcomm win would hamper Appleā€™s efforts to cut costs and preserve margins that have allowed it to capture most of the profits generated by smartphone makers worldwide. If Apple wins and succeeds in ending the Qualcomm tax, that could marginalize one of the most powerful American technology companies and upend the balance of power in the semiconductor industry.

I have zero sympathy for either of these two companies. I literally cannot find a single fournication to give.

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RE[2]: Qualcomm is in the wrong
by jonsmirl on Wed 4th Oct 2017 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Qualcomm is in the wrong"
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BTW, the price of h.265 is so high it appears that h.265 is going to fail and everyone will just stick with h.264. At least with h.265, we can choose not to upgrade. With the phone patents, there is no choice when they turn off the previous generation's cell towers.

Intel's baseband is "not as good" because Qualcomm has patented some hardware areas where there is no reasonable workaround. So Intel's engineers are certainly capable of matching Qualcomm's baseband, it is the patent system forcing them to make inferior chips.

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