Several Japanese manufacturers are in discussions with Korean giant Samsung, looking to joint-develop future smartphone chipsets.
Japanese phone network and maker NTT DoCoMo, alongside Fujitsu, NEC and Panasonic, is aiming its sights on US-based chip maker Qualcomm, and its lucrative 80 percent hold of the baseband chip industry.
The baseband chip is the part responsible for all the wireless functions we’ve come to expect from our smartphones, including Bluetooth and WiFi.
According to Reuters, NTT DoCoMo would be the majority owner, and the venture would be based in Japan, though there’s been no formal plans announced just yet for the venture, though the group intends to sell the co-developed chips to other phone manufacturers.
Samsung will apparently use these new chipsets to develop its future Galaxy smartphones, whilst the Captain Planet-esque combination of manufacturing might will also cut manufacturing costs.