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Reuters: If Qualcomm wins FTC's anti-monopoly case, 5G chips for cars could rise in price

On Friday (29th) German auto parts maker Continental and Toyota ’s auto component plant Denso stated that if Qualcomm continues to charge the market for high 5G licenses, it may cause 5G high-speed connected cars Rising costs will hurt the interests of auto suppliers.

In addition to the two major auto parts suppliers, trade representatives such as BMW, Ford, Toyota, and General Motors also stated that Qualcomm charged the market with improper 5G license patents. Harm the interests of relevant car manufacturers.

The Federal Trade Commission has accused American chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM-US) of taking advantage of its 5G chip patents, abusing the market's exclusive position, and charging the market for improperly high 5G patent authorization amounts. It is currently deciding whether its behavior Monopolize the market and impose fines.

Auto parts suppliers and manufacturers filed a complaint with the FTC on Friday (29th), stating that if Qualcomm wins the antitrust case, the cost of automotive chips equipped with high-speed 5G communication technology may rise.

German auto parts maker Continental said they have given up on the use of 5G chips jointly developed by Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung to avoid the risks of antitrust fines.

Denso, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, and German horse brand jointly believe that Qualcomm is more inclined to license 5G patents to car manufacturers that cost tens of thousands of dollars, rather than low-profit car chip parts manufacturers.

Rival Intel (INTC-US) also put pressure on Qualcomm on Friday, claiming that Qualcomm squeezed Intel out of the 5G chip market with its chip advantage. Although the company sold its smartphone chip unit to Apple, Intel claimed that the decision caused the company to suffer Billions of dollars. "

It is understood that the lawsuit filed by the FTC against Qualcomm will begin ruling in January next year.

Qualcomm declined to comment.