New bounce in this case between the two American companies, we learned that Qualcomm would have paid Apple $ 1 billion to obtain the exclusive production of chips.
That's what Reuters reports, Qualcomm has actually reached an agreement with Apple in 2011, giving it exclusivity to 1,000 million US dollars.
After the statement by Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, at the Federal Court of San José, we are learning this information. The latter also stated that it was not anti-competitive. "The risk was, what order would be the volume [de commandes] ? Do we have what we wanted, given the astronomical amount paid? declared?
This type of practice is not strange, but the astronomical sum requested by Apple for this incentive payment is, on the other hand, much less common. All this is more an agreement based on a fairly risky bet that Qualcomm has with Apple, because it has not given any guarantee as to the volume of orders in return.
This amount was made as a result of an agreement between the two companies to reduce the technical costs of changing chips for the chips of Qualcomm. That's why the manufacturer would have sought to become the sole Apple chip provider, Steve Mollenkopf continued with the United States. Federal Trade Commission.
The Apple supply chain administrator, Tony Blevins, said about Qualcomm " It would have been unpleasant to use another chip provider. From " The discounts granted were very, very important. "
In the meantime, many iPhone models are still banned for sale Germany i in China. What, to add water to the mill on this case, is opposed to Qualcomm and Apple and that it lasts since then several months.