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Nokia and Broadcom boost NFC

The nascent Near Field Communications (NFC) market may finally be on the verge of living up to its potential following two major developments last week.

Broadcom buys UK firm Innovision for EUR38M

UK technology group Innovision Research & Technology said today it has accepted a recommended cash offer by US semiconductor firm Broadcom, which values the company at about £32 million (EUR38 million), reports the Wall Street Journal

Broadcom wins Qualcomm case, sees damages halved

A U.S. federal judge has upheld a previous jury verdict that found Qualcomm guilty of infringing on three mobile technology patents belonging to rival Broadcom.

Broadcom claims ITC win in SiRF patent dispute

The US International Trade Commission has rejected claims by GPS chipmaker SiRF Technology Holdings that a Broadcom unit infringed two of its GPS patents. SiRF’s allegations were directed at Global Locate, a company Broadcom acquired in July 2007.

 

Qualcomm violates court ban

TelecomPaper notes that Broadcom has announced that a federal judge has found rival firm Qualcomm in contempt of an injunction designed to prevent Qualcomm from continued infringement of three Broadcom patents.

Qualcomm cleared of infringement in Broadcom patents case

A US federal appeals court ruled late last week that Qualcomm did not infringe a patent held by rival Broadcom involving technology that allows mobiles to save power, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

Broadcom claims Qualcomm’s licensing practices violate US law

Cellular News reports that Broadcom has fired yet another salvo in its ongoing patent battle with Qualcomm.

Broadcom launches 802.11n combo chip

Mobile chip vendor Broadcom has launched a new combination mobile chip that integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM connectivity.

Samsung to develop its own LTE, WiMAX chips

South Korean handset-vendor Samsung has begun developing its own mobile chips based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and mobile WiMAX technology in a bid to reduce its reliance on external chip suppliers, a senior executive has confirmed.

Broadcom falls to US159M loss

Broadcom swung to a US$159.2 million loss in the fourth quarter as the chip maker took big charges for an acquisition and a write-down in a division’s value, reports Associated Press.