On June 27, at the Shanghai Global Mobile Conference, Cristiano R. Amon, President of U.S. chip giant Qualcomm, said in an exclusive interview with the paper (www.thepaper.cn) that Qualcomm expects to be in some markets. The 5G data terminal will be released in December this year. OEMs (OEMs) that are collaborating with Qualcomm will launch full-featured 5G-capable smartphones in March-April next year.
Qualcomm President Amon
Amon said that this is an exciting time for Qualcomm and the Chinese mobile industry. From now until 2019, there will be a series of 5G pre-commercial and commercial features.
With the approval of the 5G standard, the industry began to promote the commercialization of 5G. Qualcomm and other companies that hold 5G patents began to grant patents and collect manufacturer's patent fees.
Amon said that Qualcomm's patent licensing model and fees in the 5G era are in line with the 3G/4G era, and that patent agreements with the National Development and Reform Commission of China will continue to be observed.
According to Qualcomm’s earlier announcement of the relevant 5G licensing framework. Qualcomm’s 5G tariffs are: Qualcomm’s standard-essential patents, and support for only 5G handsets. It will charge 2.275% (at full price) of royalties; use Qualcomm’s standard essential patents and support 3G/4G. /5G mobile phones will be charged 3.25% of the patent fee; the use of Qualcomm standard essential patents and non-standard essential patents, and only support 5G mobile phones, will charge 4% of the patent fee; use of Qualcomm standard essential patent plus non-standard necessary Patents, and phones supporting 3G/4G/5G, will charge 5% of the patent fee. In addition, Qualcomm also stated that the total sale price of the 5G license fee for smartphones is US$400.
In 2015, Qualcomm reached an agreement with the China Development and Reform Commission, promising to independently authorize patents in the Chinese market. The licensing model is consistent with that of the world. However, royalties are charged for standard essential patents at 65% of the unit price, and patents are no longer collected at the full price of the equipment. fee.
The following question and answer selection:
Q: The 5G standard has just been approved. Qualcomm will have further plans to promote partners to commercialize 5G earlier. Is Qualcomm's 5G terminal launch schedule updated?
Amon: With the completion of the standardization of 5G new air interface R15, after the NSA (non-independent networking) and SA (independent networking) standards came out, we saw that the Xiaolong X50-based terminal equipment already had nearly 20 models. designing. Data terminals were first introduced into the market and are expected to be available in the second half of December of this year. Our OEM partners also expect that 5G smartphones will be released in March-April, 2019.
Question: In the 5G spectrum, China is a band below 6G. The United States is mainly a millimeter wave. How does Qualcomm look?
Amon: First of all, to clarify, you can actually use layered cakes to analogize 5G. The first is that Gigabit LTE provides 5G coverage as the basis, G frequency T has low frequencies, and there are frequency bands below 6GHz upwards, and up to mm. wave. In the United States, there are plans for the 6 GHz and millimeter waves. China will also increase the frequency of millimeter waves. Europe, such as Italy, has just conducted auctions for millimeter waves and frequencies below 6GHz.
Question: Will the Shanghai International Import Expo be held soon, and will the Highpass attend?
Amon: We will participate. I have just introduced the cooperation and progress made in the field of cooperation among Chinese partners. We are a model of cooperation between China and the United States. Cooperation in the high-tech field is beneficial to both countries and is a win-win cooperation.
Question: What is the progress of Haosheng Technology, a joint venture between Qualcomm and Datang?
Amon: The joint venture has obtained the approval of the regulatory agency. The partners are establishing a management team for the joint venture company. The joint venture company has started product development work. Qualcomm and Datang and participating parties are very optimistic about the joint venture company, not only for the development of semiconductor products for the Chinese market, but also hope to seize the huge opportunities in the Internet of Things market. As cellular technology expands from mobile phones to other areas, we will face enormous opportunities.
In addition to the joint venture company, last week we also announced the launch of 5G interoperability testing with Datang Telecom.
Question: Since the release of the 5G strategy in 2015-2016, the ecological circle of Qualcomm has become increasingly large and complex. Which will further increase strategic investment?
Amon: We can see that the development of Gao Gaotong has repeatedly expressed this point of view. In the first 30 years, Qualcomm was committed to connecting people, and the next 30 years is to realize the connection of all things. Moreover, from the perspective of the history of Qualcomm's development, to continuously develop products, first to serve the mobile communications market, and then to expand the market around mobile communications, whether it is chips or technology licensing models are very mature.
With the advent of 5G, more industries joined, such as manufacturing, auto industry, medical care, etc., will be able to achieve greater success for our technology and business models, and to build suitable for each newly added partner. Business model, so the future opportunities for Qualcomm will be greater.
Question: After the release of the 5G standard, the patents of all the major manufacturers are almost combed. How does Qualcomm's patent licensing model in the 5G era differ from the past?
Amon: There are two points of information that are very important. Qualcomm has announced the 5G authorization standard, as it was the same for each generation of technical standards. In the 3G era, terminals are all 3G and 2G multimode terminals. In the 4G era, 4G and 3G multimode terminals are used. In the 5G era, terminals will also be multimode terminals. In view of this, Qualcomm’s business model will not change. In addition, we always follow and abide by the agreements reached with the National Development and Reform Commission of China. We will continue to adhere to the model for the grant of standard essential patents.