Fujitsu, DoCoMo and NEC join forces to produce wireless chipsets

Companies start joint-venture to reduce reliance on outside vendors
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The three Japanese tech giants will team up to produce wireless chipsets in a bid to stave off their dependency on suppliers.

The venture, Access Network Technology, will focus on creating chips for smartphones, which combine wireless modems with other functions.

The companies plan to reduce their reliance on outside vendors such as Qualcomm, and target international sales in the quickly growing smartphone market.

Access Network Technology is set to begin operation this month, once each stakeholder has completed its investment.

Fujitsu will remain the majority owner, holding 52.8 per cent, DoCoMo will hold 19.9 per cent and NEC 17.8 per cent. Fujitsu’s mobile chip arm Fujitsu Semiconductor will complete the share holding with the remaining 9.5 per cent.

"The new company will create a stronger corporate operation, compared to current cooperative development," commented Fujitsu spokesman Takashi Koto.

Access Network Technology will be based in Kanagawa Prefecture, just south of Tokyo, and consists of around 85 employees.

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