Qualcomm offers concessions to secure NXP Semi takeover

Reports say patent, interop promises on the table

Qualcomm is hoping it can cut a deal with the European Union to get the go-ahead for its multi-billion NXP Semiconductors acquisition.

The European Commission page tracking progress in the acquisition says the vendor filed commitments on October 5, but doesn't detail what the company is offering.

The filing was enough to set the hounds running, and Fortune reported it's spoken to people who say the filing relates to patent enforcement.

Fortune's sources say Qualcomm's strategy hinges on standards-essential patents and Near Field Communication (NFC) patents.

Standards-essential patents won't come with NXP, but would instead be offered to an alternative buyer (the EC would probably prefer that buyer was European), and Qualcomm has offered not to sue third parties over the NFC patents except for “defensive” purposes.

Qualcomm has also pledged to allow other vendors interoperability with NXP products in the future (which is no surprise, since otherwise customers would avoid the products).

The acquisition was first confirmed nearly a year ago.

If the deal goes ahead, Qualcomm will get a considerable footprint in the automotive market, which has driven NXP Semiconductor to become the fifth-largest non-memory chip maker in the world.

EC competition fears put the process on hold in September; Qualcomm would hope its promises are enough to get the ball rolling again.

The next move is the EC's: it will seek competitors' feedback on the proposal in the coming days. ®

Similar topics

Narrower topics

Other stories you might like

  • Dog forgets all about risk of drowning in a marsh as soon as drone dangles a sausage

    It's not the wurst idea in the world

    Man's best friend, though far from the dumbest animal, isn't that smart either. And if there's one sure-fire way to get a dog moving, it's the promise of a snack.

    In another fine example of drones being used as a force for good, this week a dog was rescued from mudflats in Hampshire on the south coast of England because it realised that chasing a sausage dangling from a UAV would be a preferable outcome to drowning as the tide rose.

    Or rather the tantalising treat overrode any instinct the pet had to avoid the incoming water.

    Continue reading
  • Almost there: James Webb Space Telescope frees its mirrors and prepares for insertion

    Freed of launch restraints, mirror segments can waggle at will

    NASA scientists have deployed mirrors on the James Webb Space Telescope ahead of a critical thruster firing on Monday.

    With less than 50,000km to go until the spacecraft reaches its L2 orbit, the segments that make up the primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are ready for alignment. The team carefully moved all 132 actuators lurking on the back of the primary mirror segments and secondary mirror, driving the former 12.5mm away from the telescope structure.

    Continue reading
  • Arm rages against the insecure chip machine with new Morello architecture

    Prototypes now available for testing

    Arm has made available for testing prototypes of its Morello architecture, aimed at bringing features into the design of CPUs that provide greater robustness and make them resistant to certain attack vectors. If it performs as expected, it will likely become a fundamental part of future processor designs.

    The Morello programme involves Arm collaborating with the University of Cambridge and others in tech to develop a processor architecture that is intended to be fundamentally more secure. Morello prototype boards are now being released for testing by developers and security specialists, based on a prototype system-on-chip (SoC) that Arm has built.

    Arm said that the limited-edition evaluation boards are based on the Morello prototype architecture embedded into an Armv8.2-A processor. This is an adaptation of the architecture in the Arm Neoverse N1 design aimed at data centre workloads.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022