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Mobile LTE JV unsuccessful, Docomo to blame

Posted: 04 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? LTE-advanced? joint venture? mobile device?

NTT Docomo Inc. has cancelled an agreement to establish a joint venture fabless chip company to develop and sell ICs for mobile devices. As such, the supposed deal with other IC makers ended before it even began.

The plan, under development with Fujitsu Ltd, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd, NEC Corp., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, announced in December last year, was terminated. This is because a consensus on the details of the joint venture company was not reached by the target deadline of the end of March.

As a result, Communication Platform Planning Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary that Docomo had established to prepare for the formation of the joint venture company, will be liquidated in June, Docomo indicated.

When Docomo announced its plan, it said the joint venture would develop feature-rich chips with LTE and LTE-advanced modem functionality that would be sold to global markets, rather than just used for phones used for Docomo services.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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