Monday, December 24th 2018

A Christmas Gift: Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Stifling Competition

An Intel Newsroom post penned by the company's Steven Rodgers takes a stab at Qualcomm over their patent litigation cases. Titled "Qualcomm's Patent Litigation Campaign isn't Really about Vindicating Intellectual Property Rights", Rodgers cites the number of times Qualcomm has been fined by various authorities around the world, "nearly a billion dollars in China, $850 million in Korea, $1.2 billion by the European Commission and $773 million in Taiwan (later reduced in a settlement) for anti-competitive practices." Citing consequences such as reduced innovation and raised prices for consumers, Intel calls out Qualcomm in that its goal isn't to "vindicate its intellectual property rights, but rather to drive competition out of the market for premium modem chips, and to defend a business model that ultimately harms consumers."

Now, the collective hardware enthusiast memory isn't one to be trifled with, so I will leave it to you to figure out exactly where the irony is in these accusations. Of course, bad history on a company's part doesn't preclude any responsibility from any other company that is currently employing anti-competitive tactics that do, ultimately, stifle innovation and increase prices for consumers. As some Portuguese humorists would say, "one thing is one thing, another thing is another thing". But I'd say, jibbing my way through this, that it takes one to know one.
Source: Intel Newsroom
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45 Comments on A Christmas Gift: Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Stifling Competition

#1
Aldain
The sails of IRONY are strong with Intel these days.
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#2
Axaion
Waiting for the appropiate bender picture
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#3
Vya Domus
Intel accusing a company for "stifling", that's rich.
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#4
dj-electric
Intel have every single reason to be afraid of Qualcomm.
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#5
Vayra86
dj-electric, post: 3965135, member: 87186"
Intel have every single reason to be afraid of Qualcomm.
This accusation sounds more like a sore loser to me.

Intel was late, is late, and they still haven't got anything but plans and products without a customer base.
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#6
windwhirl
Ultimately, any company that grows too big or holds the rights to certain key IP could be accused of "stifling competition".
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#7
noel_fs
Intel complaining xdddddddddddddd

I would pick qcom over intel 8235983259 times
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#9
Vayra86
noel_fs, post: 3965149, member: 172191"
Intel complaining xdddddddddddddd

I would pick qcom over intel 8235983259 times
You don't pick Qualcomm, it picks you :P
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#10
Wavetrex
So funny ;)
I guess they forgot when they paid Dell and HP to avoid AMD CPUs in their systems.
(And threatened the others that they will not supply them chips anymore if they have AMD in their offer)
Long trial which ended with a 1 billion USD settlement, money given to AMD... but that was too late, after the damage was done and AMD was left with single digit marketshare.

Who is stifling competition, eh?

p.s. - That happened during the age of Athlon/AthlonXP/Athlon64 when AMD was VERY competitive in performance, actually it had the performance crown for a few years.
Intel was still outselling them 10:1 because of the dirty practices.
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#11
TheGuruStud
Apple is mad at Qualcomm, too. I'm seeing a pattern. Crooks don't like to get upstaged, especially if it's at their own game.
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#12
micropage7
dj-electric, post: 3965135, member: 87186"
Intel have every single reason to be afraid of Qualcomm.
yeah, especially the future is more like on mobile based stuff where Qualcomm as a main player
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#13
Darmok N Jalad
Things might be bad when even Intel is calling you out. I can’t recall the last time they complained about the competition.
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#14
m4dn355
Competition in which Intel is not competing at all o_O
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#15
Xaled
So according to intel using the same cpu and changing chips every year for almost 7 years didnt hurt consumers?
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#16
_Flare
THAT out of Intels mouth, oh dear.
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#17
ironwolf
Time to call the Irony Police on Intel. :laugh:
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#20
yakk
That's really funny...
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#21
yeeeeman
What goes around comes around Intel
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#22
bug
The real question (at least for me) here, is why does Intel care? They're not into the same market as Qualcomm anymore. Or is this prompted by Qualcomm's intent to enter the laptop market with Snapdragon 8cx?

Also, yes, Qualcomm has been accused of not offering reasonable licensing for their IP. But at the same time, they have also won injunctions against competition all around the world against competition's improper use of their IP as well (all the way up to Apple). So it seem's to me they're par for the course overall ;)
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#23
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
bug, post: 3965412, member: 157434"
The real question (at least for me) here, is why does Intel care? They're not into the same market as Qualcomm anymore. Or is this prompted by Qualcomm's intent to enter the laptop market with Snapdragon 8cx?

Also, yes, Qualcomm has been accused of not offering reasonable licensing for their IP. But at the same time, they have also won injunctions against competition all around the world against competition's improper use of their IP as well (all the way up to Apple). So it seem's to me they're par for the course overall ;)
That is something intel is trying to change. Some asus tablets and mobile phones already have intel atom CPUs. They are few and far between but they are definitely there

Also via is looming on the horizon so they are also seeking to take market share away from everyone else. Though they probably won't be able to gain much ground as they are too small to take on the big dogs in the current market
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#24
craigo


Silly Intel.. There are absolutely no worldwide conspiracy`s to block any chip manufacturers or specific hardware vendors.
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#25
yakk
bug, post: 3965412, member: 157434"
The real question (at least for me) here, is why does Intel care? They're not into the same market as Qualcomm anymore. Or is this prompted by Qualcomm's intent to enter the laptop market with Snapdragon 8cx?

Also, yes, Qualcomm has been accused of not offering reasonable licensing for their IP. But at the same time, they have also won injunctions against competition all around the world against competition's improper use of their IP as well (all the way up to Apple). So it seem's to me they're par for the course overall ;)
Signal strength.

An iPhone 8 with intel modem gets about half the LTE+ signal strength of a Qualcomm equivalent in a Samsung 8 or 9 for example.
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