Qualcomm takes the fight to CSR
Mobile chipset firm Qualcomm looks like it has begun a spirited fightback against CSR in the Bluetooth market. Qualcomm has bought the Bluetooth assets of RF Micro Devices, and the wireless LAN firm Airgo Networks. The San Diego firm will put both the wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies into its mobile phone chipsets, presumably with the hope of cutting CSR’s runaway success in the Bluetooth arena. CSR has so far garnered over 50 per cent of the Bluetooth market, and has chipsets for wireless LAN. ABI Research’s principal analyst Stuart Carlaw noted:
Outside the cell phone, Qualcomm now effectively owns a stake in the Bluetooth market that will enable it to expand into the CE environment with greater ease, due to the growing profile of Bluetooth in the gaming, PMP and music player markets.
Meanwhile, Maury Wright at EDN speculates in his blog about the IP strategy of Qualcomm, now that it owns the Airgo patents on multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology.