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CES: Qualcomm’s RF360 progress shows how it can defy Broadcom

Any company which has previously struck gold by focusing primarily on the cellular market now needs to move beyond that as quickly as possible. Nokia, MediaTek, even Apple are feeling the strain of the slowdown in revenue growth in mobile networks and devices. Perhaps the most vulnerable has been Qualcomm – so dominant in chips and patents, it had the furthest to fall, and its past few years have been heavily driven by the need to extend its engineering and licensing expertise to new sectors. At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it was talking up the successful aspects of those efforts, even under the shadow of a hostile takeover bid from Broadcom. Indeed, one of the…

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