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Qualcomm May Lose Sony Ericsson & HTC SoC Exclusivity

All the new handsets announced by Sony Ericsson and HTC at the Mobile World Congress were powered by Qualcomm but things may well change in the next twelve months.

Sony Ericsson is bound to extend its strengthen its relationship with its sister company, ST-Ericsson, emulating the symbiotic relationship Samsung Mobile has with Samsung Electronics.

ST-Ericsson's Head of Strategic Accounts and Operator Relations, CTO, Bert-Ola Frostensson told us that it's only a matter of time before Sony Ericsson uses ST Ericsson components into its high end phones.

Roland Sladek, who handles Global Communications, Public and Media Relations for the company, confirmed that four Tier-One mobile phone companies will use ST-Ericsson's U8500 solution, which is a dual core Cortex A9 (@1Ghz) with a Mali 400 GPU (@400Mhz).

In addition, an anonymous tipster from Texas Instruments, told us that out of the two remaining companies that are exclusively on Qualcomm, one may become a TI customer soon. Could that be HTC?

Texas Instruments has been quite aggressive lately managing to get LG to include the TI OMAP4430 in the Optimus 3D (ahead of the Nvidia Tegra 2) and the TI OMAP3630 in the Motorola Droid X and the Blackberry Playbook.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.