Samsung, Huawei supply majority of own modem chips, Qualcomm says
By Stephen Nellis
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - The two largest smart phone makers in the world supply a majority of their own modem chips to help their devices connect to wireless data networks, according to evidence presented at an antitrust trial for chip supplier Qualcomm Inc .
A trial between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Qualcomm kicked off in a federal courtroom in California on Friday, with the regulators arguing that Qualcomm engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices to preserve a monopoly on modem chips. The case is being closely watched because it may shed light on the likely eventual outcome of the global legal battle between Apple Inc and Qualcomm.
Apple has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in illegal business practices, and Qualcomm in turn has alleged Apple violated its patents, scoring victories in China and Germany last month.
Qualcomm has argued its licensing practices follow long-established industry norms and that it charges broadly the same licensing rates that it had for many years before it ever started selling chips.
That has become a big market for Qualcomm, which controlled 59.6 percent of the $15.3 billion market for 4G modem chips in 2017, according to IDC's Phil Solis, who studies mobile chips for the research firm.
But Bob Van Nest, an attorney representing Qualcomm in the case, also sought to show that Qualcomm is not dominant in the world's two biggest handset makers.
但高通的代理律师Bob Van Nest也试图证明，高通在全球两大手机制造商中并不占主导地位。
During opening arguments, Van Nest's presentation said that Huawei [HWT.UL] internally sources 54 percent of the modem chips it puts in its devices and gets only 22 percent of its modems from Qualcomm, with the remainder coming from other unnamed makers. Samsung <005930.KS> internally sources 52 percent of the modem chips it uses, with 38 percent from Qualcomm and the rest from other makers, according to the presentation.
在陈词中，Bob Van Nest称，华为设备中54%的调制解调器芯片来自公司内部，只有22%的调制解调器来自高通，其余来自其他未具名制造商。而三星使用的调制解调器芯片有52%来自内部，38%来自高通，其余来自其他制造商。
Huawei and Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Also, the FTC's case centers not on the overall modem chip market - which includes slower chips that go into cheaper handsets - but rather the market for speedy "premium" chips where Qualcomm is among the only options.
Huawei and Samsung are both large diversified technology corporations that make many other products aside from premium-priced smart phones. Huawei's HiSilicon unit supplies the chips for its high-end phones such as its Mate and P series. Samsung's chip division supplies processors and other components for many of its handsets and is also a dominant global supplier of memory chips beyond its own products.
The two firms are also Apple's fiercest rivals in the market for premium smart phones costing $700 or more. Apple depends entirely on Intel Corp and Qualcomm for modem chips, though the iPhones released in 2018 use Intel modems exclusively.
Technology news publication The Information last month reported that Apple was designing its own modem chip, citing Apple job listings and a source briefed on Apple's plans. Apple declined to comment on its plans.
For the second quarter of 2018 - the most recent figures available from IDC - Apple was the third-largest smart phone supplier by volume, with Samsung and Huawei in first and second place, respectively.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46813.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Tong3 hours ago
Huawei supply majority of own modem chips.
Huawei has signed 22 worldwide contracts to commercialize 5G technology (27 contracts upto Jan. 4 2019).
Anonymous5 hours ago
Is apple buy samsung screens lol
Janetran4 hours ago
Qualcomm actually has the best modem chips.
Libtards&Democraps4 hours ago
I'll stick with iPhone for life. But, you don't have to !
Nominsky4 hours ago
No Communist Chinese Company makes their own Chips. The Chips are made under Licenses from Companies who Own The Patents, or else they are STEALING the Patents.
#LiberalismIsDYING2 hours ago
Apples greed isnt gonna help on this one
No-Nonsense1 hour ago
FTC’s lawsuit will end Qualcomm’s illegal pricing practices in a few weeks!
Bill3 hours ago
This lawsuit is another big problem for Apple to deal with and it is of their own making. It seems to me that if Apple would stop trying to screw all the people that they do business with they would have fewer business problems to deal with. BTW, Apple was the second largest cellphone maker by sales volume and now Huawei has past them. Clearly Apple is doing some things wrong and I would suggest that Apples customer screwing high prices are responsible for this change. If Tim Cook doesn't cut Apples non-competitive prices, he should immediately resign!
DESMOND5 hours ago
So how to kill Huawei, a trusted name and reliable partner in almost every part of the world? This is the question the hawks are pondering daily. Look like US has to kill its technology companies first before killing Huawei.
Poock Poock3 hours ago
I don’t understand why FTC investigates American company in favor of two Asian companies. Tell Asians to take a hike!
Michael26 minutes ago
So Apple says Qualcomm needs to “share” its patents... what if iOS needed to be shared?
Korean2 hours ago
Samsung, LG, SK, will not supply Huawei chips for sure.
Thomas2 hours ago
Chinese know how to make chip? They can make potato chip only.
H5 hours ago
Communists are laughing their butt off at Americans dismantling their own company over something non-existent.
Robotech6 hours ago
And please don’t expect Apple to buy Samsung and Hwawei modems that’s ridiculous.
sandra 5 hours ago
Dumb Apple should have bought Qualcomm. It wasted billions on a stock buyback
T v4 hours ago
2 US companies are preying on each other and the rest of the world are rejoicing. China, Germany and many more will be happy to watch this infighting. And the fools in FTC are playing around. Good riddance for China.
yorky5 hours ago
Let's boycott Iphones made in commie China