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Qualcomm, Korean firm ink FLO chip deal

Posted: 25 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile TV? FLO technology? CDMA? chip deal?

Qualcomm Inc. and South Korean fabless firm Telechips Inc. have signed a royalty-free agreement that enables Telechips to use Qualcomm's patented technologies to design, manufacture and sell certain semiconductor chip products that implement FLO technology. FLO is a globally-recognized air interface standard for mobile TV and a key component of the MediaFLO System.

"With the demand for affordable multimedia content growing, Qualcomm is pleased to have executed multiple FLO chip agreements in rapid succession since the inception of its FLO chip program last year," said Marv Blecker, president of Qualcomm technology licensing. "This agreement will allow Telechips to provide its customers with high-quality FLO chips that enable delivery of a superior mobile broadcast experience combining live streaming TV, on-demand programming and a host of interactive services."

"Our reputation for satisfying expectations is based on the ability to work proactively on the customers' behalf," said Min-ho Seo, CEO and president of Telechips. "This FLO agreement with Qualcomm will allow us to stay ahead of the rapidly-changing market and provide our customers with advanced mobile TV technology, efficiently and economically."

On September 8, 2006, Qualcomm announced a broad-based licensing program to enable the development, manufacture and sale of FLO-enabled handsets. Subject to Qualcomm's standard terms and conditions, Qualcomm will license its essential FLO patents for use in multimode CDMA/FLO handsets with no increase to its standard royalty rate for CDMA-based handsets.

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