DoCoMo: towards a new mobile foundry fabless in 2012
True to their usual strategy of concentration of resources, several Japanese groups, backed by Samsung are preparing to create a new fabless foundry early 2012 in the moving components.
The major Japanese are the customary gathering of forces to form joint ventures in a particular area and immediately provided with a significant presence in their market.
This time, the side of the design of moving parts that the operator NTT DoCoMo and also four Japanese companies (Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications), which must be added the Korean Samsung, announced the formation of early 2012 a new fabless foundry.
This new device, that should be formalized by the end of first quarter 2012, with developing new hardware platforms associated with mobile modems using the latest networking technologies such as LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) and LTE-Advanced, which allows a theoretical maximum throughput of 1 Gbps, with an ambition international distribution of its products.
Under the agreement, NTT DoCoMo announced that it will invest 450 million yen (about $ 5.8 million) to build the framework for future joint venture, which will be known as Communication Platform Planning and will be led by Mitsunobu Komori, current CTO of DoCoMo.
Arrival in an already busy but Samsung support with the rise of smartphones, touch pads, but also opportunities for other mobile devices and mobile in the process of emerge, the fabless design industry of mobile hardware platforms is particularly interesting.
But fabless foundry are already on the market, they design platforms or complete discrete elements (application processor, modem, graphics processor…), whether Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Nvidia, ST-Ericsson… Samsung’s support, a major player in this field, will be instrumental in this project.
This initiative can also be a way of trying to circumvent the high license fees charged by some founders, players such as Samsung have developed their own solutions (including LTE) just to avoid paying heavy royalties using platforms other companies.