Qualcomm CEO Steve · Steve Mollenkopf
Tencent Technology News, August 19 news, according to foreign media reports, in early April this year, when Apple and Qualcomm announced a settlement of patent disputes, for those who are concerned about this long-standing legal battle for several years, this They may surprise them. However, for Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, it is a matter of course to end in this way.
In an interview recently, Morankopf was asked: There is obvious hostility between Qualcomm and Apple. It can even be said that the two companies were dead before, now you help the two sides to achieve reconciliation? In this regard, Morenkopf said: "In fact, it is true. I mean, we are not a deadly enemy with Apple. We have very close business contacts, I think we can solve this problem, and now focus on the product. ”
On the day of the settlement agreement with Apple, Qualcomm's share price jumped 23%, the biggest increase in 19 years. The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm involves Qualcomm charging Apple and other companies for patent fees for mobile technology. As this technology has become ubiquitous, Qualcomm is charging royalties to all handset manufacturers even if they don't use their chips. This practice not only angered Apple, but also angered the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In January 2017, the FTC sued Qualcomm for alleged anti-competitive strategies.
Apple has reason to resolve its differences with Qualcomm as soon as it requires 5G chips produced by Qualcomm. Qualcomm not only produces mobile phone processing chips, but is also at the forefront of manufacturing 5G chips. Consumers need a new mobile phone with a 5G chip to access the 5G network, which provides ultra-fast network speeds that allow you to download the entire movie in just a few seconds instead of a few minutes. Morankopf believes that cooperation with Apple will be crucial in this area.
Morankopf said: "I am very happy. The two companies are now most concerned about how we integrate these two great engineering teams and create products. This is a more natural discussion between the two companies, I prefer this way. We have overcome the differences between the two sides, and that is only part of the business. Now we are in the product section. ”
In addition to resolving the dispute with Qualcomm, Apple recently acquired Intel's smartphone modem chip business for approximately $1 billion. Therefore, the technology giant is likely to start developing its own 5G chip. However, for now, the cooperation between Qualcomm and Apple seems to be fruitful.
Morankopf said: "Obviously, our relationship with Apple has opened a new page, and I appreciate it. I think this is great! ”(Tencent Technology Review / Jinlu)