Japanese carrier, NTT DoCoMo, today announced it is leading a consortium of six companies – Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor, NEC Corporation, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Samsung Electronics – to establish a fabless joint venture by the end of March 2012 to develop and sell semiconductor products. This is the confirmation of the news first reported in September. Read on. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
The joint venture company, leveraging the six investing companies strong backgrounds in cellular communication technology and vast experience in application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) design and foundry manufacturing, will develop feature-rich, small-size, low-power-consumption semiconductor products equipped with modem functionality. The joint venture company will focus on developing products for LTE and LTE-Advanced mobile communication standards. The products will be sold in markets globally. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
NTT DoCoMo will invest about $5.8 million to form a joint venture company called Communication Platform Planning Co. and it will be lead by CEO Mitsunobu Komori, concurrently an executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer of DoCoMo. Also Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details
The move is largely viewed as NTT DoCoMo’s effort to decrease its reliance on Qualcomm, which dominates the smartphone chipset space, which will only increase with the roll-out of LTE networks across the world. We have heard similar murmurings from other handset vendors too, which are looking at other alternatives. Nokia is looking at breaking Qualcomm’s exclusivity on Windows Phone platform as it works closely with ST Microelectronics for its 2012 smartphone portfolio. Intel is also showcasing its Medfield processor for Android smartphones and is hoping to see some hardware vendor announcements in the first half of 2012.