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NXP and MediaTek feel ripple effect from Qualcomm’s dramas

Qualcomm always sits at the heart of the mobile device chip market like a spider in the center of its web, but over the past couple of years, it has been involved in more dramatic events than ever. It survived a takeover attempt by Broadcom thanks to an eleventh-hour government intervention, only to lose its own acquisition prey, NXP. It engaged in bitter legal battles with Apple, which almost saw it lose its largest modem customer to Intel, but again, it was saved at the last moment when Apple realized it could not axe Qualcomm and produce a top rate iPhone, sparking the abrupt exit of Intel from the 5G modem market. But a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit went against…

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