What a Potential Acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm Would Mean

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4Q 2016 | IN-4295


Potential NXP Acquisition


There was a time when Qualcomm was letting its wireless connectivity business languish after purchasing Atheros. Over the last several years, Qualcomm has breathed new life into its wireless connectivity from innovation to smart implementation. A potential $30 billion acquisition of NXP would help Qualcomm in a few ways.

Qualcomm’s Wireless Connectivity Baseline for Context


Qualcomm is a leading provider of wireless connectivity chipsets. This holds true for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS. Qualcomm acquired CSR, which had a dominant position for Bluetooth used in speakers, cars, and other products. After many years of playing second fiddle to Broadcom in the Wi-Fi space, Qualcomm started leading in Wi-Fi chipset innovation. Not only did Qualcomm have integrated platforms with wireless connectivity (Snapdragon), but it started including Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO more than a year before others did. In addition, Qualcomm has been offering chipsets with SON (self-optimizing network) capabilities as a standard …

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