Via Telecom, a subsidiary of Taiwanese chipset and microprocessor vendor Via Technologies, has been granted a licence by Qualcomm to manufacture and sell cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1X ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) to telecommunication equipment makers.
The agreement resolves a long-standing issue related an announcement last year that Via would acquire LSI Logic's CDMA chip design centre in San Diego.
At the time the acquisition plan was announced, the question of whether or not LSI Logic's CDMA licences would be transferred to Via was unresolved. That matter has now been settled and the acquisition has been completed.
Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Via will pay royalties to Qualcomm.
At the time the acquisition was announced, LSI Logic offered two baseband processors for CDMA handsets: the SignalSphere CBP 3.0, which is compatible with CDMAOne, PCS (Personal Communication Services) and AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Service) networks and supports a data transfer rate of up to 64K bits per second (bps), and the SignalSphere CBP 4.0, which was designed for more advanced cellular services and is compatible with CDMA2000, PCS and AMPS networks. The CBP 4.0 supports data transfer rates up to 153.6Kbps.
Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service