Re: Future standards
As I recall Qualcomm got their leg up by having some IP related to CDMA. They leveraged that into the standards process for 3G and later LTE. That's how they "suddenly" became a player. They leveraged that toe-hold with some, apparently "hypercompetative" packaged licensing deals of their Arm SoC and broadband modem combos. Soon they were setting quite pretty in the smartphone market and could throw around their weight even more. FRAND might be fine for the modem parts, but it might just be a case of "Yeah, so... err... sorry. We don't quite licence the modems separately, we can give you a good deal on the combo."