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Tinker,

The other major perception factor is that Q claims that they will retain the same royalty rate irrespective of which version of 3G becomes standard.

It just doesn't seem likely. It all depends on how well the IP claims of other companies stand-up, but it does appear that W-CDMA or is it CDMA2000 or whichever one (I can't keep these acronyms straight) has a more diluted IP base.


W-CDMA is not a 3G product. Heck, it's not even a 2G product. When Qualcomm says they weill retain the same royalty rate regardless of which version of 3G becomes standard, I think the assumption is that CDMA2000 has already been declared to be part of the standard but there will be two other non-CDMA parts as well. Because the specs have not been written for 3G yet, Qualcomm can't begin shipping product. Therefore, Qualcomm doesn't know what the exact standard is. But it will include CDMA2000.

That's how I understand it anyhow.

As for the optimists you mentioned who thought CDMA was going to push GSM out of the way in two or three years, those people didn't understand the what has and hasn't been decided. It was totally unrealistic to expect that.

In your study of the good and the bad, where does HDR fit in? You didn't mention it.

--Mike Buckley
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