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QUALCOMM Signs FLO Chip Agreement With Newport Media
Posted: 10-Sep-2006 [Source: Qualcomm]

[Qualcomm signs royalty-free agreement with Newport Media to develop and market FLO chips delivering mobile TV to handsets as part of Qualcomm's new broad-based licensing program.]

San Diego -- QUALCOMM Incorporated and mobile system semiconductor company Newport Media Inc. announced that the companies have signed a royalty-free agreement that enables Newport Media to use QUALCOMM's patented technologies to design, manufacture and sell certain semiconductor chip products that implement FLO(TM) technology. FLO technology, a multicast innovation, is a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standardized air-interface technology designed to increase capacity and coverage and reduce cost for multimedia content delivery to mobile handsets. The FLO Forum recently gained official approval and publication of the FLO Air Interface Specification by the TIA TR-47.1 Subcommittee.

"In order to encourage multiple FLO chip vendors, QUALCOMM is enabling companies, such as Newport Media, to develop and market FLO chips incorporating QUALCOMM's patented technologies without payment of royalties to QUALCOMM," said Marv Blecker, president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing. "Through this program and the work being done with the growing vendor community in the FLO Forum, we continue driving the adoption of FLO technology to facilitate the delivery of high-quality mobile TV, audio and datacasting services to consumers around the world."

"We are pleased to sign this agreement with QUALCOMM, a leader in providing wireless multimedia delivery solutions, as it will allow us to address the rapidly growing mobile TV market and provide advanced chipsets based on FLO technology to our customers," said Mohy Abdelgany, president and chief executive officer of Newport Media. "This agreement opens up new business opportunities and we look forward to expanding our product portfolio to include FLO semiconductor solutions."

In order to provide Newport Media's handset customers and other handset suppliers rights to use QUALCOMM's patented technology, QUALCOMM also has implemented 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 multi-mode CDMA/FLO handsets with no increase to its standard royalty rate for CDMA-based handsets. CDMA includes CDMA2000 and/or WCDMA/UMTS. For FLO handsets that do not also implement CDMA, QUALCOMM will license its essential FLO patents on terms and conditions that are fair, reasonable and free from unfair discrimination. Companies interested in licensing FLO patents should contact QUALCOMM at 1-858-587-1121 and ask to speak with the QUALCOMM Technology Licensing group.


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