Qualcomm on Thursday announced it’s signed a multi year strategic relationship agreement with Samsung to work together in the developing market of mobile devices. The most recent partnership is geared toward encouraging technology areas across a wide range of mobile devices and expands the existing relationship between the two companies to allow them to work together on the transition to 5G. Qualcomm and Samsung have individually expanded their global patent cross license arrangement, covering cellular devices and infrastructure equipment. As a component of the newest developments, Samsung will be withdrawing its interventions in Qualcomm’s appeal from the Korean Free Trade Commission decision which was alleging the violation of competition law from the San Diago based chipmaker.
The two companies are set to drive growth of the global ecosystem. Qualcomm has enjoyed a strong partnership with Samsung for several years, and we’re pleased to further strengthen and extend our relationship with this cross license agreement, alongside our continuing relationship as a key product provider to Samsung, said Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated, at a joint statement. The multi year deal signed by Qualcomm and Samsung will support technology powering next generation Galaxy mobile phones in addition to infrastructure equipment. We value our strategic relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and anticipate work together to deliver leading technology in the years ahead, said TM Roh, Executive Vice President and the Head of Mobile R&D, Samsung Electronics, at the statement. The timing of a new relationship between Qualcomm and Samsung is very fascinating as the technology world is anticipating the launch of their newest offerings in Mobile World Congress 2018 at Barcelona later this month.
In addition, it could be intriguing to see how Samsung would extend the adoption of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs alongside constructing Exynos based apparatus.